Young Professionals Network (YPN)

Connecting To The Community

Building meaningful relationships

The Young Professionals Network (YPN) is led by 11 individuals who volunteer their time to create inclusive spaces for Chamber members under the age of 40 to build connections and bring together businesses to enhance the quality of life in the Joplin region.

A variety of opportunities are available that connect business professionals to like-minded individuals through networking events; EdTalks a speaking series focused on professional development; weekly HYPE lunches hosted at Club 1201; and linking members to the community through the Chamber Livability works groups led by members of the YPN executive committee.

The YPN Executive committee invites YPs to get involved in the following work groups to assist with building up our community and expanding each other’s connections.

Join A Work Group

YPN Connections

Chamber Gives Back

Community Health & Wellness

Cultural Enterprise Recruitment

Diversity & Inclusion

Professional Development

Trails & Connectivity

YPN Executive Committee

Kayla McCollum 1

Kayla McCollum


DDRB/Connections Abilities

Colt Atwood

Colt Atwood

Commercial Insurance

Specialty Risk Insurance


Jessica Carr


BKD CPA's & Advisors


Shonte Clay-Fulgham

Athletics Sales/Sponsorship Coordinator

Missouri Southern State University

Jennifer Eye

Jennifer Eye

Connections Case Manager

DDRB/Connections Abilities

Tom Furrh 2

Tom Furrh

Executive Director

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jasper and Newton Counties

Alex Gandy

Alex Gandy

Director of Career Services

Missouri Southern State University

Rose Peacock-2

Rose Peacock

Manager of Quality and Service Improvement

Mercy Joplin Clinics

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Dana Pim

Electronic Services Specialist

Southwest Missouri Bank

Erin Porter

Erin Porter

Case Manager

DDRB/Connections Abilities

Hayley Sirmon

Hayley Sirmon

Manager of Contact Center

Liberty Utilities