Young Professionals of Vermont: Ryan McCabe

“Continue to learn new things and don't be afraid to ask questions.” Ryan McCabe, 35, is a design engineer living in Essex Junction. How did Vermont become home for you?My fiancée Lindsey is from Vermont and I am from Colorado. Lindsey was starting to look for work in Vermont and landed a job here. I work remotely and my company also has an east coast office in Massachusetts, so I was able to keep my job and make the move, so I decided to go for it.   Continue reading

Young Professionals of Vermont: Derek Dunning

“I take a lot of pride in being able to tell their stories and help bring recognition to what they are accomplishing.” Derek Dunning, 28, is the Director of Athletic Communications at Norwich University in Northfield. In Vermont since 2010, Derek leads the team responsible for telling the story of college athletes at the oldest private military university in the U.S. How did Vermont become home for you? I got a call from Charlie Crosby in late August of 2010 saying that Norwich had an opening in its sports information office. I had known Charlie from the college hockey community and had visited Norwich twice over the years to watch my hometown team Elmira play a few games against NU. Despite not having any specific experience working in sports information/athletic communications, I did have a journalism background graduating from Oswego State (NY) in 2009 and I have been working at a newspaper in Gloversville, NY for the previous nine months. Charlie took a chance on me and this has been my home ever since. Continue reading

Young Professionals of Vermont: Aaron Scowcroft

“I feel like I can be a bigger contributor to the community here than anywhere else.” Aaron Scowcroft, 27, is a licensed real estate agent in Chittenden County. Formerly of South Carolina, Aaron moved to Vermont six years ago and has built his career and started a family here. He’s a dad, a business owner, and community leader. How did Vermont become home to you? Vermont became a home to me because of my brother.  He moved up here to go to college and when he came up here he loved it.  I was living in South Carolina at the time and not doing so well in terms of working and finances.  The unemployment rate where I was was outrageous and my brother said “Come live with me up here in Vermont and start a new life.”  And that's what I did.  It was November of 2009.  About six years ago. Continue reading

“Moneyball” for Young Professionals

Last week the Fletcher Free Library and the UVM Humanities Center held a book club meeting at Centennial Field to discuss Moneyball by Michael Lewis. Moneyball has had such an enduring success it because it works on multiple levels.  For one, it points us towards a new framework for understanding how baseball works.  It also works as a story of a bunch of heroic underdogs who managed to wildly overachieve.  But perhaps most intriguing, it works as a metaphor for we can rethink our own lives and careers.  Continue reading

What Would it Feel Like to Be in a Room with Some of the Brightest Young Minds of Vermont?

What would it feel like to be in a room with some of the brightest young minds of Vermont? Last weekend I had the pleasure of finding out, when I attended the 2015 Young Professionals Summit of Vermont in Rutland, Vermont. It was an impressive gathering, with prominent politicians, entrepreneurs, tech innovators, educators, and a wealth of other demographics in attendance. The morning session kicked off with a chance to perform a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis for the entire state of Vermont. I sat down with two UVM students and three local professionals, and with some help from the dynamic Eugene Korunskiy, we rolled up our sleeves and got to work. Continue reading

Inaugural Vermont Professionals Summit Kicks off September 12th

What do Google, U.S. Congressman Peter Welch, entrepreneurship, professional development, beer, and comedy have in common? They’re all great reasons to register for the inaugural Young Professionals Summit of Vermont. Hosted by Rutland Young Professionals (RYP), Castleton Downtown, and the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET). This summit brings together young professionals and mentors for workshops and networking to expose you to ideas and resources and inspire you to action. Join your peers from across the state who share your interest in contributing to the future of Vermont.  Continue reading

Is Vermont Facing an Identity Crisis?

A Recap of the Next Generation Luncheon hosted by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce It’s no secret that the average age of Vermonters is rising, while the state’s population numbers remain stagnant. Millennials in the U.S. make up 25% of the population, and in Vermont make up 21% of the voting population. As Burlington continues to make “cool and desirable” city lists touted by CNN and other media organizations, we are still left wondering how to attract and keep businesses and young professionals alike. Continue reading

Welcome to the Blog!

Right now is an exciting time to be a part of the Vermont Young Professionals network. Fresh off our most successful Vermonters Ball yet, we just launched our new website and started this blog. We also added a few new members to our Board of Directors recently, giving new life to our organization. This week a number of our members will be participating in the Vermont Chamber's Business Expo, so check back later for a recap on the blog. Continue reading