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I joined VYP to expand my professional network and to meet other driven young people I could interact and do business with. I feel I offer Las Vegas a unique, positive, and goal oriented personality. I enjoy being the conduit between need and resource. There is a myriad of talent within our city’s bounds and I enjoy connecting people when I am able. Professionally, I want to absorb and learn as much as I can. I believe there is much opportunity here if you are truly dedicated and forward thinking.

Ardie Hollingsworth is a financial services professional specializing in 529 college savings plans. As an Institutional Relationship Manager with Ascensus College Savings, he educates families and the business community on the college savings initiatives sponsored by the Nevada State Treasurer's Office. After a successful career in college admissions, Ardie is now focused on making higher education more affordable for families throughout the state. In making a career transition, Ardie wanted to broaden his network and increase his involvement with the Las Vegas Metro Chamber.

‘Tis the season of New Year’s resolutions. Regardless of whether we skipped or staggered past the 2016 finish line, we all have an opportunity to set new goals for 2017. For me, 2016 was very transitional – but in a good way.

A resolution is like a blueprint in that it gives you a picture of the end goal. The more detailed the resolution, the more likely you’ll achieve the end goal, whatever it may be.

Here are my resolutions that may resonate with other young professionals.

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.

2017 is moments away. As with years past, the top of each New Year marks a new beginning. As Antoine de Saint-Exupery prophetically said; “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Now is the time to start preparing for your success.

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.

November is National Entrepreneurship Month – a chance to celebrate and acknowledge the risk takers, thinkers, dreamers, and doers that make this country alive with bold ideas and progress. Small businesses make up 64 percent of new private sector jobs. What does that mean? Everyday individuals like you and me saw a need in the marketplace and combined their talent and passion with ingenuity to create a solution.

VYP provides AWESOME events that I can meet new people, get great ideas, and volunteer in my community! It has given me the opportunity to become VP of Public Relations in Toastmasters. I have become a better leader, speaker, and person because of the opportunities within the VYP organization.

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.