Virtual Young Professionals Leadership Summit Focuses On Developing Leadership and Management Skills

George Benaur, Benaur Law LLC

Attendees can take part in the summit either in person or online
Our partner in Mercer County, the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, invites you to its Second Annual Young Professionals Leadership Summit on Nov. 1.

This year, the summit will be held with a twist: Those attending can do so either in person at Crowne Plaza Princeton, 900 Scudders Mill Rd., Plainsboro, NJ, or virtually, by making online attendance available here.

“Virtual Young Professionals Leadership Summit” focuses on developing leadership and management skills for today’s Young Professionals. Conference Keynote Speaker Mathieu Nelessen the youngest Regional CEO in Red Cross History speak about leadership; leading Superstorm Sandy relief and recovery in New Jersey. Mathieu will be speaking about how he guided thousands of volunteers and staff to mobilize and help thousands of people displaced by the life-changing storm in the northern half of the state. Mathieu will discuss why he made the decisions he made, many under extreme stress and the lessons he learned throughout the process during the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Summit on November 1st over the internet and at the Crowne Plaza Princeton.

“This timely discussion, given the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy on October 29, exemplifies how good leadership and management from a young professional helped our state in more ways than we can articulate, and he is an ideal choice to talk with his fellow young professionals about what leadership is and how he managed this monumental task,” said George Benaur, chair of the Young Professionals Committee and an attorney with Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney. “Mathieu’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. He was recently named one of NJBIZ’s 40 under 40.”

Mathieu joined the American Red Cross in April 2012 as Regional Chief Executive Officer for the North Jersey Region, an area that spans 12 counties in New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, Passaic, Sussex, Union, and Warren. Based at the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey in Princeton, Mathieu oversees the activities and operations of three chapters in the North Jersey Region: American Red Cross of Central New Jersey, American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey in Fairfield and American Red Cross New Jersey Crossroads in Summit.

The Princeton Chamber also invites attendees to “View In” as it present its Keynote Panel presentation featuring Debbie Shepherd, managing director at Merrill Lynch, who will moderate a panel focusing on how young professionals can work with different types of management styles. Panelists include:

• Peg Forrestal: Janssen
• Kimberlee Phelan: WithumSmith+Brown
• Bill Voltmer: Independent executive and entrepreneur.

“This panel will have individuals from different areas of management offering their expertise on how young professionals can differentiate themselves in small companies, large companies and self-driven organizations,” said Peter Crowley, CEO and president of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce. “They will also discuss what young professionals can do if they make a mistake and how to recover from it.”

Attendees can “View In” to any of our three breakout session focusing on:

• “Making a left turn: revolutionizing your career” with Will Smith of the Trenton Thunder
• “Power networking tools” with Eileen Sinett, owner of Speaking that Connects
• “Managing your online reputation” with Deborah Smith of

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