VYP Blog: September 2016

I manage United Way of Southern Nevada's Young Philanthropists Society (YPS), a social movement of like-minded young professionals working together to create programs that improve the lives of children and families in our community. I joined VYP because of the many programs offered for members. The Biz 101 classes offer great professional development opportunities, while Fusion Mixers are a fun and easy way to meet and network with other young professionals. I also really enjoy attending the Big Wig Luncheons and learning from the experiences of influential local leaders.

Work/life balance doesn’t exist to me. But there’s something even better out there. Whatever you choose to call it (I like the term work/life integration for now), it’s something you should be intentional about now to set yourself up for more success in the future. I think the most important reason we want to get great at integrating work and life is the larger goal that we end each day pleased with where and how we’ve spent our time. It’s all eventually part of the legacy that we will leave behind.

I am a very active member of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and decided to get involved with VYP after hearing about how the program helps the young entrepreneur get his or her name out into the Las Vegas business community while having fun at the same time. VYP offers monthly fusion mixers at awesome venues all around Las Vegas, Big Wig Luncheons where we can interact and ask questions to big names in Las Vegas business, and a wide range of community service to add to your professional resume.

Growing up, I would always look through real estate magazines and search for my dream home. I have been fortunate enough to turn something I love to do into my profession. It is very rewarding helping someone buy their first home, their forever home, or even selling their home so that they can take the next step in their life. By being involved in VYP and VYP’s Community Outreach Committee, it has allowed me to make valuable business connections and great friends while taking an active role in bettering our city.

As a third generation Las Vegan, I was always encouraged to take advantage of what the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce has to offer. A year after graduating from University of Colorado Boulder, I moved back to Las Vegas knowing little about the social business scene, especially for young professionals. Attending VYP events has been a tremendous benefit to broadening my business network and developing greater networking skills in general. In just a year of taking part in the Chamber’s social events my business connections- and friendships of course- have grown tremendously.

Vegas Young Professionals is a great organization in which to get involved. I originally joined to network and market my portrait photography business, Kristina Alexis Photography. Along the way, I’ve met some truly motivated individuals who are either in the same place I am or not too much farther along in their careers. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people, who are relatively around our own age, encourages everyone to strive for their career goals or growing businesses without being intimidated. Building this network becomes helpful for myself and for others around me.

I love #DTLV! A native Washingtonian, I moved to Las Vegas in 2013 to join a team of people chasing a crazy dream. Now I get to be one of the pastors at Sought Church, a church startup meeting Sundays at 10:00 a.m. in Art Square Theatre. I love our community and the incredible, life-changing conversations we have week after week! As part of this adventure, I joined VYP Toastmasters soon after coming to Las Vegas. I'm currently the president and amazed at the explosive growth of our club and the talent and skills we get to see displayed at every meeting.

Daniel has a passion for helping people. At the age of eight, his family deemed him, "Dan Dan The Safety Man" because he was first to remind everyone to put on their seat belts when entering a vehicle. After working in the financial sector for nearly five years, Daniel pursued a career as an insurance broker. He currently works at Distinctive Insurance as a property and casualty insurance broker, where he helps general contractors and small businesses manage their risk.

Lea attended her first VYP Fusion Mixer in May 2014, looking for a way to network and make new friends who were also young professionals. Fast-forward to today: she has made many connections, fostered friendships and is an active and long-term member of VYP’s Community Outreach Committee. With a passion for volunteering, Lea loves being able to find and plan volunteer opportunities with and for her peers on a monthly basis. When she isn’t giving back or working, Lea enjoys fashion, photography, exploring museums, traveling and a good glass of Cabernet.