Greta Seidman

Greta Seidman

Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce

VYP Blog

January was an absolutely amazing month for VYP! Click hereClick here to look at some of the highlights from the month!

ShaLonda “Shay” Palmore is an Engineer at National Security Technologies, where she works in Energy Management reporting clean energy and sustainability. Shay graduated from University of Nevada Las Vegas with a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a minor in Mathematics in 2010. She is also a math tutor at Nevada Homes for Youth; a non-profit organization, dedicated to providing substance abuse treatment programs, support and education for disadvantaged youth of Southern Nevada struggling with addiction.

As VYP closes the door on another year, we look back at some of the amazing things we did to connect and develop young professionals to the Las Vegas community.

Click here to see a few of the events and programs where young professionals connected, learned, and made a big impact on the Southern Nevada community.

Ignacio Prado is Lead Founder of Futuro Academy Charter School, a transformational school opening fall of 2017 for the economically disadvantaged population of East Las Vegas. Through rigorous academics and personal excellence, Futuro Academy Charter School will educate all K-8 scholars to excel to and through the career of their choice. Through Vegas Young Professionals, Ignacio refines his public speaking at VYP Toastmasters, and expands his network of ambitious leaders across our city.

You just found your dream job. You love the work you do and it really doesn’t even feel like work at all. Now it’s time to meet everyone in the office and determine who you can befriend. But how do you meet the right best (work) friend?

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.