Livingston Young Professionals
Many young professionals, aged 21 - 40, would like to get more involved in Livingston Parish, but aren't sure where to start. The Chamber's young professional program can show you the way. Livingston Young Professionals was formed in 2015 to engage individuals just like you. The program offers opportunities for you to meet with others who share your desire to play a more active role and build a network in Livingston Parish. Here's what we offer.
We keep a calendar of events especially for young professionals. Some events are smaller and are perfect for those who prefer meeting in a closer setting. Others are meant to draw a larger audience. You choose. Whatever your preference, you will be welcomed from your very first event and comfortable with your peers in no time. The event list includes:
- Quarterly Member Meetings
- Young Professionals Conference
- Annual Christmas Mixer
- Interesting topics and speakers
- Governmental Events
Creating a culture of care for your community not only builds relationships but also makes a positive impact. Community service brings us together for the common good, as we become involved in community issues. Like events, service projects vary from smaller to larger acts of kindness. Members of LYP are kept informed of opportunities to help. Some of the past service projects have been:
- House build in the Killian, Springfield area
- Valentines for seniors who were shut in
- Assisting local social service agencies
How do I benefit?
Being a part of a group with a collective interest, like young professionals, is a positive step in your personal development. In this setting, you can't help but grow and learn. As a bonus, your community benefits from more informed and prepared individuals. We asked our most engaged members of the program what they value most. Here are their top five:
- Builds a network of peers
- Develops your personal brand
- Develops your skillset
- Offers leadership opportunities and experience
- Make friends and learn about the parish
Many LYP members are representatives of Chamber business members, but that is not a requirement. There is an individual option too. All members either live, work or have a vested interest in Livingston Parish. You can see them all here.
Not to get deep, but since it is a Chamber program, it does tie to the Chamber's mission and goals - to serve business, enhance community and develop leaders in Livingston Parish.
By the way, fees to join Livingston Young Professionals are only $35 per year for current Chamber members and only $75 for other individuals.
How can I follow along or receive updates?
You can always follow our social channels for posts that are public. We are on facebook and instagram. We also a private facebook group. WE can also add you to our email communications.
- Livingston Young Pros facebook page
- livingstonyoungprofessionals instagram
- Email sign up - please notate interest in young professionals
Livingston Young Professionals Leadership Council 2022-2023
LYP Council Chair
The Kinchen Group
Gulf South Technology Solutions, LLC
Ross Kinchen, The Kinchen Group
Kelsie Moak, Gulf South Technology
Lauren Barnes, Livingston Parish Chamber
Laura Dixon, Barbara Smith State Farm Agent
Marissa Hoffstetter, Restoration One
Amber Cook, The First
Chris Neal, Assurance Financial
Caitlyn Fontenot, Ochsner
Josh Prejean, Bank of Zachary
Purpose: To engage and develop future leaders
Goal: Develop future leaders and informed individuals who are connected to a common goal.
Livingston Young Professionals Past Chairs
Kelsie Moak - Gulf South Technology Solutions
2020 - 2021
Ross Kinchen - The Kinchen Group
2019 - 2020
Kevin Foster - First Guaranty Bank
2018 - 2019
Jamie Seal - Quality Engineering & Surveying
2016 - 2018
2015 - 2016
Livingston Young Professionals History - Charter Members
Livingston Young Professionals was founded in 2015 when our Chamber CEO, April Wehrs, invited three young community leaders to meet, including Jamie Seal who is still active in supporting the program today. The vision for the program was shared and with their positive response the program was ready to roll. That's how good things get started - a vision, a plan and the right people to make it work.
Following several planning sessions, the first open meeting was held on October 22, 2015 at the Chamber office on Veterans Boulevard officially launching the program.
Of the 28 Charter Members of the LYP Program that remain engaged today are: Jamie Seal, Kacie Stewart, Tammy French and James McCants.