Bend Chamber Creating Programming to Help Retain Young Professionals


It is so important for employers to invest in their people.

Studies show that when employees are encouraged to grow professionally as well as personally, and to become civically engaged, they are more likely to stay in their communities. In fact, according to LinkedIn’s 2018 Workforce Learning Report, 94% of employees would stay at a company longer if it invested in their careers. Interestingly enough, the number one challenge employees have for talent development is finding the time.

Retention of younger employees here in the Bend area is becoming more challenging due to the lack of affordable housing and high-wage jobs. The Bend Chamber of Commerce has created programing to directly benefit the young professional workforce and their employers.

“Attracting and, more so, retaining young professionals in Bend is extremely tough for employers. That’s why we’re responding with content for our Bend Young Professionals (YP) program that will allow employers to invest in their employees and, simultaneously, enable the employees to grow professionally, personally, and in the community,” shared Talena Barker, Bend Chamber Vice President of Leadership Development.

On Saturday, September 7, 2019, Bend YP (Young Professionals) will present the 2nd annual YP Summit, sponsored by St. Charles Health System. This is a full-day experience designed to strengthen the professional, personal and community development of young professionals. The day kicks off with a keynote address from Bend’s own Moe Carrick – consultant, facilitator, author and workplace provocateur – and ends with a performance from Creative Laureate MOsley WOtta at the After-Party. In between, attendees can choose from nine breakout sessions that best meet their needs for enriching their careers and community.

“It is so important for employers to invest in their people. At St. Charles we believe our greatest strength is in our people and we value helping our team grow and develop in ways that are meaningful to them. We believe the YP Summit is a great learning opportunity that offers multiple ways for our people to connect and invest in themselves and our community,” said Rebecca Berry, Vice President of Human Resources at St. Charles Health System.

Event Details

Date:   September 7, 2019

Time:   9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Location: COCC Campus

After-Party at OSU-Cascades, 5:45 p.m.-8 p.m.

Cost: $105 (Includes admission to the After-Party)


Breakout Sessions:

  • Writing Your Roadmap for Leadership Development Success
  • Turning Your Workplace Woes into Growth Opportunities
  • Things I Wish I Had Known When I was a YP
  • The Balancing Act: Finding Harmony Between Your Personal and Professional Needs
  • Spinning Up Your Passion Projects: Stories and Wisdom from the Trenches
  • Things You Should have Learned in College: Financial Success 101
  • Your Community Wants You: Utilizing Your Passion to Make an Impact
  • C.O.-Habitating: Caring for Our Home
  • Bend Rising 2019





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  1. Kati Stallings says:

    Hi! My name is Kati Stallings and I am the Marketing Chair of the Boise Young Professionals. I am coming to Bend for a work trip on October 2nd & 3rd. I would love to meet with a Bend YP rep if there is any opportunity. Let me know if it’s possible and we’ll set something up!

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