Rapid City Chamber of Commerce

Young Professionals Group

Committee Chair: Shawn Ludemann
YPG Manager: Shiloh Francis


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Our Mission

The Young Professionals Group is committed to the advancement of the 21 to 40 year-old workforce, focusing on the development of future business leaders. The group accomplishes this by promoting professional development, networking, community involvement and civic awareness.

The YPG began with an explosive launch in March 2007 with a simple agenda: “To enrich our community by uniting and developing our young professionals.” We invite you to help build upon the momentum by joining this dynamic group.

Our Vision

A young Professional is a goal-oriented individual between the ages of 21-40 with the mindset to pursue a career path. It is not so much the job or vocation that defines the Young Professional as it is the individual’s drive and investment in his or her own future, and in turn, the future of the Black Hills community.

Join YPG!  There is a $75 annual membership fee for the period from September 1 through August 31 of each year (payments received after May 31 will be applied to the next fiscal year). YPG members can attend YPG Monthly Socials for free as long as they RSVP, and also receive regular monthly e-mail communications with event announcements, updates and articles. 

fill out the YPG Membership Application and e-mail it to ypg@rapidcitychamber.com

Get involved through a YPG Subcommittee

The YPG is made up of four subcommittees:  Community Involvement, Events, Membership, and the Legacy Endowment Fund.  YPG members can get more involved by serving on one of these subcommittees.  If you are interested, please review the subcommittees below and contact the chair of that subcommittee, or email Shiloh, or call (605) 718-8465. Subcommittee Meeting times are listed below, but may be subject to change.

Community Involvement

This subcommittee manages and organizes all YPG volunteer efforts.   In addition, we actually find projects to do while we are meeting!   Keep checking back for meeting times/places, or contact Kelli or Stacia for more information.

Events

This committee plans and executes networking events for YPG.   We set up event venues, themes and drawing prizes for socials.  Our goal is to engage members and potential members in a welcoming after-work hours atmosphere, where young professionals can socialize and network. Keep checking back for meeting times/places.  Contact Josh for more information.  

Membership/Professional Development

Networking is the heart of the organization-this subcommittee welcomes new members, increases membership and plans professional development events.  Meeting time: First Tuesday of the month, 5:15 @ Murphy's.  Contact Shawn or Andy for more information.

YPG Legacy Endowment

In 2014, RC YPG established its very own YPG Endowment Fund, dedicated to fostering the health of the community through programs that support food, clothing, shelter or education.  Contributions can be directed to BHACF/RCCC Young Professionals Group Endowment Fund, PO Box 231, Rapid City, SD  57709, or follow this link to donate now (use the drop down menu to click on Young Professionals Group Endowment). Contributions are deductible to the maximum extent allowable for federal income tax purposes.  

YPG Steering Committee

Chairperson:  Shawn Ludemann, First National Bank
Vice Chair:  Kelly Kabrud, Ketel Thorstenson
Secretary Treasurer:  Anjelica Brackins, Western Dakota Insurors
Past Chair:  Andy Bartling, Modern Woodmen

YPG Subcommittees

Community Involvement Co-Chair:  Kelli Kabrud, Ketel Thorstenson LLP
Community Involvement Co-Chair:  Stacia Slowey, HDR Engineering
Events Chair:  Josh Newman, Ketel Thorstenson, LLP
Membership Co-Chair:  Shawn Ludemann, First National Bank
Membership Co-Chair:  Andrew Bartling, Modern Woodmen

YPG Legacy Endowment Fund Committee: Past YPG Steering Committee Members

Thank you to our Annual YPG Sponsors
Black Hills State University-Rapid City, Team Malott-Clearview Realty, First Interstate Bank, Modern Woodmen of America, NewsCenter1, Ketel Thorstenson, LLP