LYPC Conference is July 28


The Natchitoches Young Professionals (NYP), along with the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce, will host the Louisiana Young Professionals Conference Saturday, July 28. The goal for the conference is to bring together young professionals from across the state as they learn about topics that affect young professionals and put the information towards their career or business. Registration is $60 per person and can be done online through the Natchitoches Area Chamber website or in person on the morning of the event.

The conference will kick off Friday, July 27 with a social and registration at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum from 6-8 p.m. The event will include light appetizers, networking opportunities and door prizes. Registration will resume Saturday, July 28 at 8:30 a.m. at Chateau St. Denis and the conference will begin at 9 a.m., with keynote speaker Jay Toups of Lafayette. His presentation will feature “The Keys to Becoming a High Performer.” Following Toups’ presentation, two time slots for breakout sessions are scheduled both at Chateau St. Denis and the Natchitoches Events Center. During lunch, which is included within the registration fee, attendees will listen to four panelists discuss their career paths as young professionals in Louisiana. Two breakout sessions are scheduled after lunch and the event will end with a wrap up session at 4:30 pm.

Breakout session topics will touch on subjects such as communication, education, entrepreneurship and networking, featuring speakers from across Louisiana along with one speaker hailing from the state of Missouri. These breakout sessions will include “How To Go Undefeated in Everything, All The Time” by Jet Ainsworth of Jefferson City, Mo., “The Traits of Successful People” by Dr. Chris Maggio of Natchitoches, “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” by Carley McCord of New Orleans, “Becoming a Superconnector: The Power of Social Capital” by Skyra Rideaux of Lafayette, “Education: Why Success Is Not an Option” by Tony Davis of Natchitoches, “Your Life Message” by Rev. Steve McAlister of Natchitoches, “Don’t Do What I Did” by Karlos Knott of Arnaudville and “Networking And Your Career” by Ed Walsh of Shreveport. Keynote speaker Jay Toups will also lead a breakout session titled “Communication: The Leg You Must Stand On.”

“Having attended a similar event in South Louisiana for the last couple of years, I have a great appreciation for the value that this type of conference brings to young professionals and aspiring young professionals in our state,” said Haley Taitano, past NYP Chair. “I’m so excited we took what we learned from those events and put together such a high caliber networking and educational event. The Louisiana Young Professionals Conference is something that NYP has desired to bring Natchitoches since the group formed in 2015 and I’m very much looking forward to seeing all of our hard work pay off and hopefully benefit our community in a new and exciting way.”

Sponsors include: title sponsor, Northwestern State University of Louisiana; corporate sponsors, BOM and NHDDC; gold sponsor, the City of Natchitoches; and silver sponsors, Alliance Compressors, Lauren Anderson MD, Exchange Bank, Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, Natchitoches HDBA, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, Posey’s Sports Center and Next Generation Minden.


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Operating as a Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce initiative, the Natchitoches Young Professionals (NYP) is dedicated to developing out community’s current and future business leaders with membership available to anyone between the ages of 21 and 40 who lives, works, learns or plays in the greater Natchitoches area. For more information, email NYP at, visit their Facebook page at or follow NYP on Twitter and Instagram @ chambernyp.