Next Gen Luncheon 2019Friday, Sep 13, 11:30 am at
Columbus' commitment to building a talented workforce of the future means celebrating the excellence of the young people already striving to make our community exceptional. The Columbus Young Professionals (CYP) and the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce are proud to host the NextGen Awards in an effort to raise the visibility of emerging talent and highlight individual achievement this year at the NextGen Awards Ceremony Luncheon. The awards will recognize four deserving individuals and one business.
The keynote speaker will be Ellie Symes, who is the CEO of The Bee Corp. Ellie is an ambitious entrepreneur and an influential thought leader pioneering patented technologies and other innovative IoT solutions in an industry devoid of tech adoption. Ellie’s company, The Bee Corp., is a Bloomington IoT and data analytics start-up founded in 2016. Launched while she and her co-founders were undergraduates at Indiana University, Ellie has grown the company from a winning idea in a business competition into a prominent start-up in the Bloomington tech scene, and a growing presence in the beekeeping industry.
The Mira Awards judges noted Ellie’s many accomplishments in 2017, but her uncanny ability to secure investment and non-dilutive grant funding for her startup as a 23 year old female founder in the cutting-edge Internet of Things, ag-tech and data science spaces is both impressive and inspiring.
Leaders & Lagers - Featuring Diane RobbinsThursday, Sep 26, 5:00 pm at
Get to know your community leaders at this casual networking event.
Diane and her family moved to Columbus in March of 1993 from Decatur IL. Her and her husband, Mike, have three grown children, Drew, Eric and Laura. In Decatur, she was an industrial buyer for Bridgestone / Firestone, Inc. After moving to Columbus, she became involved as a community volunteer, serving on several organizations' board of directors, as well as on school-related committees. She served on the board of directors of the Columbus Area Visitors Center and the Columbus Area Arts Council.
Diane is involved with the United Way, serving on the Community Impact Committee, and also leads the downtown merchants association as a volunteer. In addition, she is a member of the Let’s Grown Garden Club and Columbus Culture Club. After working at the kidscommons as the community relations/marketing manager for 11.5 years , she took the position of Executive Director at the Bartholomew County Historical Society in January of 2018.
Cash bar hosted by Upland Brewing Company.
A Taste of Columbus 2019Thursday, Oct 24, 4:30 pm at
Savor the Taste of Columbus, featuring food and beverage samplings from 20+local restaurants.
CYP Membership CampaignTuesday, Dec 31, 12:00 am at