There’s a first time for everything as the saying goes.
With Murfreesboro Young Professionals, the saying rings true to heart with high ambition on the heels of their inaugural Leadership Summit.
The one-day conference is set to take place on Friday, Nov. 9, at the DoubleTree by Hilton from 8:30 a.m-4 p.m. with proceeds benefiting United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties.
For those that aren’t familiar with MYP, it is a membership-driven, nonprofit organization who aim to create a professional community around the key phrase, “Know, Be Known and Contribute,”
The group is excited about their new event, which will feature four speakers that include Allyn Walker, Matt Cheuvront, Van Richmond and Dr. Katie J. Kemp.
“I think we have a great lineup. One thing about this event is that it is going to be unique. We’ll have etiquette luncheons and more sessions. I think people are going to get a lot to take away from this conference,” former MYP chairman Chassen Haynes said.
“One thing that MYP started was being the premier young professionals group in the Murfreesboro area. There are plenty events such as this in other places, but this is the first of the kind in the area and region that is targeted toward young professionals,” Haynes added.
With a goal of preparing young leaders for professional growth, Cheuvront, is a case in point of someone who achieved success at a young age.
After being laid off from his 9 to 5, Cheuvront began his trek to owning his own business at 23 years old. After a short duration as a freelance web designer and developer, he opened Proof, a full service branding solution company, in 2010.
“What many would consider to be a terrible event, I attribute as being one of the best days of my life. I had always wanted to start my own business but could always find a way to talk myself out of taking the leap,” Cheuvront said about his inspiration for starting his own company.
To be your own boss, you have to be passionate about your work day to day and Cheuvront understands this.
“I'm very fortunate to love what I do and the people I work with. The beauty of our work at Proof is that we get to work with so many diverse, unique clients from all over the country and even internationally. It keeps things interesting and as someone who's passionate about lifelong learning - it really keeps me on my toes and continues to open the door to new, exciting opportunities,” Cheuvront added.
On the day of the conference, he will be speaking on the topic of “The Most Important Brand: Yours.” Cheuvront’s message will consist of the significance of personal branding and establishing yourself in the best light possible.
Other areas of note will be how to network effectively and start conversations.
“I hope to inspire everyone who attends that they can and should be doing what they want to be doing. My ultimate goal is to help others discover the work they want to do in order to live the life they want to live,” Cheuvront said regarding his message for the event.
While Cheuvront’s topic will be in the area of personal branding, other sessions include topics on attitude, customer service and lunch etiquette among many more.
For those interested in attending, registration is $50 and $30 for MYP members.
More information regarding the conference can be found at the MYP website at murfreesboroyoungprofessionals.org.
Allyn Walker, Dale Carnegie Training
Throughout his years working with Dale Carnegie in various capacities, Allyn Walker has discovered that he most enjoys removing people’s barriers that inhibit their natural talent.
Currently, Walker serves as the president and franchisee of Dale Carnegie Training of Tennessee. He has led the Middle and Eastern Tennessee team in providing Dale Carnegie processes to clients since 2001, resulting in multiple years of revenue and profit growth. In 2010, their franchise was recognized for their growth by winning the Gold Cup, for North American franchises. The Gold Cup is awarded to top franchises in the world. He has obtained several sales and production awards during the 16 years he has worked with Dale Carnegie Training.
Matt Cheuvront, Proof Branding
Topic: The Most Important Brand: Yours
Matt Cheuvront is the founder of Proof, a full-service branding house based in Nashville and is the author behind the website, “Life Without Pants.” Cheuvront is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker and thinker who is passionate about helping people discover the work they want to do in order to live the life they want to live.
A self-made entrepreneur, Cheuvront represents a generation living the “new” American dream - showing how ambition, dedication, hard work, and a dream can leverage anyone toward becoming his or her best self.
With his personal and professional experience, Cheuvront leads interactive workshops and speaks at conferences and events around the country on topics ranging from branding and social media to the entrepreneurial lifestyle and personal growth.
Topic: Improving Attitudes, Improving Customer Service
Van Richmond is a high-energy, fun, and motivational speaker who delights audiences in America and in international settings alike. Whether he is speaking to corporate, military, or government audiences, Van delivers fast-paced keynotes and seminars that energize and entertain participants.
He retired from the United States Air Force, where he served as Commandant of the Airman Leadership School for the Air National Guard.
Richmond has 29 years of experience in adult education and training, and his expertise lies in the areas of leadership, communication skills, coaching, and team building. Van also serves at the Pastor of New Life Church in Nashville.
Dr. Katie J. Kemp
Topic: Professional Dining Etiquette Lunch
All professionals can benefit from a lesson in etiquette from time to time. Dr. Katie J. Kemp is a marketing and professional selling professor at Middle Tennessee State University. Kemp’s teaching career has been dedicated to helping students learn, recognize potential career paths, and prepare for life after college. Her greatest joy comes from hearing about former students’ success stories and professional achievements. Kemp has twice been named Professor of the Year in the College of Business, and she was named National Faculty Advisor of the Year in 2008 by Pi Sigma Epsilon (a national fraternity for students interested in sales and marketing). Kemp coaches the MTSU Professional Sales Team.