Events

Upcoming Events

CYP- Meet the City Candidates 2019

Thursday, Apr 04, 5:30 pm at


Don't miss the Columbus Young Professionals Political Candidates Forum on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 5:30 pm at the Bartholomew County Library- Red Room.

You'll hear from candidates who are running in the 
mayoral and city council elections.  You will have the opportunity to hear from participating candidates, ask questions about their campaign platform and get to know Columbus Young Professionals and other community members.

Haven't registered to vote yet? No problem! We'll have Jay Phelps with the County Clerks office helping people sign up to vote.
 


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Ignite Columbus

Friday, Apr 12, 5:00 pm at

Enlighten us, but make it quick!  Ignite is a series of speedy presentations. Presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a fast and fun presentation which lasts just 5 minutes.

Talk about something you invented, or your latest nerd obsession, or how you did something really hard. Tell a story about a trip you took, a lesson you learned, or a loss you experienced. Share a secret, or your insider knowledge. The possibilities are endless.
Enlighten us, but make it quick!

Ignite is all about fast and fun presentations. Speakers must build their presentations with 20 slides, each of which is shown for 15 seconds, giving each speaker 5 minutes of fame. The first Ignite took place in Seattle in 2006, and since then the event has become an international phenomenon. Learn more about IGNITE

Attend the presentations and vote for your favorite! Registration is free.


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Presenter Registration - IGNITE Columbus

Friday, Apr 12, 5:00 pm at

Enlighten us, but make it quick! Win $$ for sharing your idea. 
Register to be a presenter by March 15th. A panel of individuals will review the proposals and notify chosen presenters on March 22nd. Final presentations are due April 5th at midnight in preparation for presentation at the April 12th Ignite Columbus event. 


About Ignite:
Ignite is a series of speedy presentations. 

  • Presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a fast and fun presentation which lasts just 5 minutes
  • The first Ignite took place in Seattle in 2006, and since then the event has become an international phenomenon.
  • Cash Prizes will be awarded for the top 2 presentations and a People's Choice award will also be given. 

Talk about something you invented, or your latest nerd obsession, or how you did something really hard. Tell a story about a trip you took, a lesson you learned, or a loss you experienced. Share a secret, or your insider knowledge. The possibilities are endless.

Check out Ignite videos by your friends and neighbors from years past. Questions can be asked at: Ignitecolumbusin@gmail.com

Important Dates:                

Applications Opens Friday, February 22, 2019
Applications Deadline   Friday, March 15, 2019 at midnight
Presenters notified Friday, March 22, 2019
Final Presentations due  Friday, April 5th, at midnight
Ignite Columbus   Friday, April 12, 5:00pm - 8:00pm 

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CYP- "Peers and Beers" Membership Party 2019

Friday, Apr 26, 6:00 pm at



$5 for CYP members 
$10 for Non-Members

Your first beer is on us - one free drink ticket per person. 

Come meet CYP at our annual membership event open to the public! Meet new people, mingle with friends, enjoy great beer, savor tasty hors d'oeuvres, and learn about how your CYP membership helps you stay connected in #ColumbusIN

Entering our 5th year, Columbus Young Professionals is forging ahead with a membership of more than 100 young professionals of diverse professional and personal backgrounds looking to meet new people and grow their professional network.

Sponsored by Upland Brewery


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Governor's Workforce Ethics Certificate Graduation at Central Middle School

Tuesday, May 21, 11:00 am at

For students, the state recognized Governor's Work Ethic Certificate allows students the opportunity to demonstrate work ethic skills and earn incentives through the certification. As part of its commitment to developing a quality workforce, the Chamber sponsors program at the middle school level. 

Find out more about the requirements and the incentives at www.bcgweclearn.com


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Governor's Workforce Ethics Certificate Graduation at Northside Middle School

Thursday, May 23, 11:15 am at

For students, the state recognized Governor's Work Ethic Certificate allows students the opportunity to demonstrate work ethic skills and earn incentives through the certification. As part of its commitment to developing a quality workforce, the Chamber sponsors program at the middle school level. 

Find out more about the requirements and the incentives at www.bcgweclearn.com


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Leaders & Lagers - Featuring Jason Hester

Thursday, Jun 27, 5:00 pm at

Jason Hester brings nearly twenty years of local and state-level economic development experience to his role as President of the Greater Columbus (Indiana) Economic Development Corporation.  Building on the area’s strengths in advanced manufacturing, engineering, and foreign direct investment, Hester leads the area’s business retention and expansion efforts as well as business recruitment activities focused on targeted domestic and international opportunities. Since joining Greater Columbus EDC in August of 2010, collaborative efforts to date have supported just under 100 local expansion and attraction projects calling for $792 million in new capital investment and 2,749 new direct jobs.

Before joining Greater Columbus EDC, Jason served as the central region director for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, where he led business attraction and expansion efforts in the state’s largest region.  Over three years, he and his team successfully closed more than 220 competitive projects, calling for $5.1 billion in new capital investment and the creation of 38,000 new jobs.  Prior to his work for the IEDC, Jason served locally in two other Hoosier communities – Elwood and Kokomo. 

A native Hoosier, Jason obtained his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and a B.A. degree with honors from Oral Roberts University (Tulsa, OK), majoring in International Community Development.  Jason is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute of the University of Oklahoma, and in 2004 he earned the coveted Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation given by the International Economic Development Council.    



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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.  

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.



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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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CYP Membership Campaign

Tuesday, Dec 31, 12:00 am at

Memberships are for the duration of one year, and will be renewed annually. First year membership is: $50.00. Annual membership renewal is: $40.00 . This will allow you to attend all CYP Signature Events, all community partner events, receive discounts for different community partner events, receive calendar invites to all events, and receive free CYP promo items.

 



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