New Year, New Committee!

01/21/2020 8:08 AM | Jovan Hemenez (Administrator)

We’re a few weeks in to 2020 and this new year has come with a chance to stop and think about where you are and what you want to change.

With every new year comes new resolutions and goals. We’ve heard and seen them all. We’ve even had some of them ourselves. You know… lose weight, get fit, make new friends, get out more, drink water and the list goes on. With everyone working on personal resolutions and goals for the year, now is also the perfect time for us young professionals to step back and take a look at our professional and career goals.

With that being said, we want to let you know that a new committee has “EMERGEed” in 2020. We’re introducing the Professional Development Committee, chaired by our very own Kurtis Pelto.

Kurtis has been with EMERGE since July of 2018, and has been a very active member. He is a Professional Engineer at Kimley-Horn & Associates and he also sits on the steering committee of EMERGE. I had the opportunity to ask Kurtis, and the rest of the current committee members, a few questions about the newly added committee.

  • What exactly is the purpose of the Professional Development Committee?
    • Our main goal with the new committee is to get back to one of our original purposes of helping develop the young talent here in Lakeland. Not only do we have a large amount of young professionals, but with the higher education institutions here, we want to do our part in retaining them to continue to grow our community.
  • What do you hope EMERGE members will get out of this committee?
    • Members will get information and opportunities to grow as a professional in the business world for real life application.
  • Why should an EMERGE member join this committee?
    • Like with all of our committees, this is a way to get more involved and help to grow our group. We are always looking for new ideas and people.

Well, there you have it folks! Speaking for myself, this is definitely a committee to be a part of. Now, I will say this, you don’t have to be a part of the committee to develop professionally, so be sure to attend ALL of the Professional Development events held this year. You DO NOT want to miss out.


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