2024 YP Summit
presented by Visit Baton Rouge

On April 25, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Forum 225 will host the third annual YP Summit presented by Visit Baton Rouge, a day-long young professionals’ conference jam-packed with workshops, dynamic panels, and invaluable networking opportunities. 

Learn how to navigate the professional waters of Baton Rouge and how you can level up your career, no matter what position you are currently in. Our keynote speakers will share insights to fuel your professional growth, while hands-on skill-building sessions will sharpen your professional toolkit. Cap off the day at our launch party for Better in BTR, a bigger and better initiative for young local professionals alongside business and community leaders. 

Online registration is now closed, but on-site registration will be available.


Join the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Forum 225 for a full-day experience featuring business and community leaders and plenty of networking. 

  • Date

    Thursday, April 25, 2024   
    9 a.m. 5 p.m.  


  • Location

    Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center 
    201 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge 70801 

  • Pricing

    Ticket pricing includes access to full-day programming, lunch, and the Better in BTR launch party immediately following the summit. 

    Investor registration: $95
    Non-investor registration: $120
    College student registration: $60 


The conference will feature multiple breakout sessions with options highlighting both personal and professional development topics along with exciting keynotes and engaging panel speakers.  

View the full agenda below and continue scrolling for session descriptions and speaker information. 

Schedule At-A-Glance 

9 – 10 a.m. Check-in 

10 – 10:15 a.m. Welcome & Overview of the Day  

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Keynote Presentation 

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Panel Discussion 

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch and Panel Discussion 

1 – 1:15 p.m. Break 

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Breakout Session One 

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Break 

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Breakout Session Two 

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Break  

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Breakout Session Three 

 5 – 7 p.m. Better in BTR Launch Party 


Lindsey Russ

Director of Events

Maggi Spurlock

Director of Talent Development

10:00am - 10:15am

Riverview Ballroom

Welcome & Overview of the Day

10:15am - 10:45am Morning Keynote Presentation

Riverview Ballroom

Love Where You Live: Why It's Better in BTR
Amanda Ellis,
Editor-in-Chief of Livability

10:45am - 11:45am Panel Discussion

Riverview Ballroom

Community Catalysts: Young Professionals Driving Change
Moderated by Eric Dexter, Baton Rouge Area Foundation Vice President of Civic Leadership Initiatives
Panelists: Adrian Owen Jones, ThreeSixtyEight Chief Growth Officer, Jason Andreasen, Baton Rouge Gallery President & CEO, Evon Roquemore, Brightside Clinic CEO

11:45am - 1pm Lunch Keynote Presentation

Riverview Ballroom

Immediate Impact: AI's Role in Shaping Baton Rouge's Future
Henry Hays,
Owner of Henry Hays Consulting
Co-founder of Disrupt Ready

1:15pm - 2:15pm Breakout Session 1

Academy Room

Nourishment for Success
Amy Cimo,
Amy Cimo Nutrition

Paramount Room

The Art of Servant Leadership
Myra Richardson,
Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Louisiana Room

The Ripple Effect
Jennifer Gomez,
Jen Gomez LLC

King Room

The Heart of Your Team: Becoming a People Expert
Marcus Sylvas, Louisiana Transportation Research Center
Meagan West, Flowers Baking Company of Baton Rouge

Capitol Room

Preparing for Change and Unlocking Transferable Skills
Amelie Byrom, Alyson Enk, Samuel Press,
Louisiana State University

Governor Room

Moving Up, Moving Over or Moving Out
Sandy Michelet, Morgan Warner,

2:30pm - 3:30pm Breakout Session 2

Academy Room

Creative Solutions for the Modern World
Jenn Ocken,
Jenn Ocken Creative, LLC

Paramount Room

Connecting Culturally
Jason Andreasen,
Baton Rouge Gallery - Center for Contemporary Art

Louisiana Room

The Power of Personal Branding
Emily Burke,
BBR Creative

King Room

Making Space in the Multi-Generational Workplace
Sherreta Harrison, Raymond Jetson,

Capitol Room

Wizarding Your Way to Self-leadership
Allie Diefendorf, Josh Howard,
Baton Rouge Youth Coalition

Governor Room

The Best Boss Ever Blueprint
Erin Wheeler,
Gracefully Productive

3:45pm - 4:45pm Breakout Session 3

Academy Room

Everything You Need to Know to be a GREAT Board Member
Marci Bradley,
Marci Bradley Consulting

Paramount Room

Redefining Impact
Ethan Bush,
Thirty Three Strategies LLC

Louisiana Room

Finding Your BTR Tribe
Laura Siu-Nguyen,
Bear Process Safety

King Room

Power in the People
Myles Laroux,
Highland Wealth

Capitol Room

Conflict at Work?! Now What?
Tori Soileau,
Roots Advising

Governor Room

Using Love Languages in the Workplace to Build Stronger Teams
Melissa Thompson,
Success Labs

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Riverview Ballroom

Better in BTR Launch Party

It’s our time to challenge the naysayers, take pride in our community, and shout it from the rooftops because something BTR is coming soon! Better in BTR, a multi-media national marketing campaign and website developed to attract young professional talent to Louisiana’s Capital Region, as well as bolster the region’s pride, will launch immediately following the YP Summit. The event will feature a short presentation on Better in BTR and leave plenty of time for what we do best in Baton Rouge – celebrating and connecting.  

This party is complimentary for YP Summit attendees. Individuals interested in only attending the launch party can register here. 


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Supporting Sponsor
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Event Sponsor
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Event sponsorships are currently available for the YP Summit and the Better in BTR Launch Party. Interested organizations can contact BRAC’s Senior VP of Investor Development, Emi Henry, emi@brac.org, for more information.




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