Events

Upcoming Events

Leaders & Lagers - Featuring Jay Phelps

Thursday, Jan 31, 5:00 pm at


 
Get to know community leaders over a little lager at this casual networking event.

Jay was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana. Jay graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. From there, Jay interned at the Indiana House of Representatives and Cummins, Inc. In 2011, Jay took a full time position in the Bartholomew County Voter Registration and Elections office, starting out as elections deputy. From there, Jay moved up to supervisor of the office, before deciding to run for the elected position of Bartholomew County Clerk in 2014.

After winning the Primary and General elections in 2014, Jay became one of the youngest Clerk’s ever elected in the state of Indiana. Since becoming the Clerk, Jay has switched to the more efficient vote centers, moved the Clerk’s Office to a cloud based case management system, transitioned the Clerk’s
Office to e-filing, and drastically reduced the amount of paperwork that was being used in the office. Jay was elected to his second and final term as Clerk in November.

Cash bar hosted by Upland Brewing Company.


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Leaders & Lagers - Featuring Kathy Oren

Thursday, Mar 14, 5:00 pm at



Get to know community leaders over a little lager at this casual networking event.

Kathy Oren currently serves as Executive Director of the Community Education Coalition, a not-for-profit organization committed to the development of an aligned, high quality community and regional learning system supporting learners of all ages. She has been in this role since February 2013.   Kathy’s work involves education, economic growth, workforce development, and quality of life initiatives. 
 
Prior to her current role, Kathy worked for Cummins Inc. for 22 years. She joined Cummins in 1986 as an Industrial Engineer and held various roles in Material Planning and Inventory Control, Manufacturing, Aftermarket Marketing, Service Products and eBusiness.  Her last role with Cummins was as Marketing and Sales Functional Excellence Leader for the Engine Business.
 
Kathy currently serves on several boards and councils including: Ivy Tech Board of Trustees, United Way of Bartholomew County Board of Directors, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Columbus Indiana Economic Development Board, Council for Youth Development, IUPUC Division of Nursing Advisory Council, Southeast Indiana Workforce Investment Board, and East Indiana Area Health Education Center Board.
 
Kathy received her BS degree from Purdue University in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from Indiana University at IUPUI.  Kathy and her husband Dan have three grown sons and a daughter-in-law.

Cash bar hosted by Upland Brewing Company.
 


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Next Gen Luncheon 2019

Friday, 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.  
 



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Leaders & Lagers - Featuring Diane Robbins

Thursday, 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.


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A Taste of Columbus 2018

Thursday, Oct 24, 4:30 pm at


Savor the Taste of Columbus, featuring food and beverage samplings from 20+local restaurants.
 



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