2014 EYPN Scholarship Winners Announced

ClumsyChefsElgin Young Professionals Network is happy to announce the recipients of its 2014 Elgin Clumsy Chefs scholarships, benefitting students from Elgin High School’s award winning culinary program.

Elgin High School senior Aracely Villagomez, received a $500 scholarship to Elgin Community College.

Joseline Sifuentes, an Elgin High School graduate and one of three inaugural Clumsy Chefs scholarship recipients from 2013, also received a $500 scholarship to continue her culinary education at ECC.

Scholarship applications were reviewed by a judging panel of EYPN members.

For the past two years, the Elgin Young Professionals Network has awarded scholarships to students participating in the Elgin High School Clumsy Chefs program lead by EYPN member Ann Leider, with an eye towards pursuing a Culinary Arts degree at Elgin Community College.

The scholarship program helps foster and empower the next generation of young professionals while promoting the value of higher education.

EYPN congratulates its 2014 scholarship recipients.

Congratulations EYPN Leader Luncheon Nominees


EYPN members: (Left to right) Katie Michel, Stacy Michel, Ann Leider, Becky Hardekopf, Krisilee Murphy, Laura Valdez, Kari Christensen, Jason Pawlowski

The YWCA Elgin Leader Luncheon Awards annually recognize the best and brightest women in Elgin who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in leadership. This year’s extensive list of Leader Luncheon award nominees proudly boasted three Elgin Young Professionals Network members:

Becky Hardekopf – Business Category

Ann Leider – Education Category

Kari Christensen – Communications/Technology Category

Please join us in congratulating these three amazing women and all of this year’s deserving award winners and nominees. Thank you for all that you do for the Elgin community.

EYPN’s Hardekopf Receives Young Professional Friend of Tourism Award

Becky and Krisilee

EYPN Board President Becky Hardekopf with EACVB Director of Marketing and EYPN Board VP Krisilee Murphy.

Congratulations to Grand Victoria Foundation Program Manager and EYPN Board President Becky Hardekopf, who received “The Young Professional” Friend of Tourism Award at the Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 7th Annual Tourism Luncheon on Monday, May 5 at Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin.

Becky was chosen for her exempliary efforts as a brand ambassador for Elgin thru the EACVB’s #ResidentRec program, which encourages visitors to rave about and share the positives of local restaurants, bars and other tourist attractions in the Elgin area thru social media.

The 7th Annual Tourism Luncheon event was attended by nearly 100 guests and local dignitaries and helped kick-off National Travel and Tourism Week in the Elgin Area.

The Elgin Young Professionals Network congratulates our fearless leader, Becky Hardekopf, on receiving this well-deserved honor.

Volunteers Needed for Community Carnival Fundraiser

1941532_738552766184625_40477436_oThe Community Carnival, which takes place May 1-4 and May 8-11 at the intersection of Kimball and N. Grove Avenue (across from the Gail Borden Public Library) in downtown Elgin, is seeking volunteers to greet visitors, give information and directions, or provide general maintenance at the event.

Shift schedules are as follows (3-hour shifts):

Thursday shifts: 4:30-7:30 and 7-10 (5-10 counts as double shift)
Friday shifts: 4:30-7:30 and 7-10 (5-10 counts as double shift)
Saturday shifts: 1-4, 4-7 and 7-10
Sunday shifts: 1-4, 4-7 and 7-10

There are two ways volunteers can also help support your local school or non-profit:

1. $10 per volunteer shift will be donated to a Non-Profit/School
2. For every 10 people that volunteer for a Non-profit/ School, they will receive $100

For more information about volunteering at the Community Carnival, contact Anthony, 312-402-8880 or e-mail Communitycarnivals@gmail.com. For additional details, follow Community Carnivals on Facebook.

EYPN’s Krisilee Murphy Finalist for 2014 Elgin Image Awards

EYPN1 (4)Congratulations to Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Director of Marketing and Elgin Young Professionals Network board Vice President, Krisilee Murphy, on her nomination for the City of Elgin’s 2014 Image Awards.

EVENT DATE CHANGE: The annual event, which takes place Thursday, March 27 at 6pm at The Centre of Elgin’s Heritage Ballroom, 100 Symphony Way, recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that have had a positive impact on the Elgin community.

For her outstanding work in promoting tourism in the Elgin area, Murphy was named a 30-Under-30 Ambassador last year by Destination Marketing Association International. She also serves as chair of Market Illinois, a high profile niche marketing committee of the Illinois Office of Tourism. In 2012, she received the YWCA Elgin’s Marguerite Henry Award for Communications at the annual Leader Luncheon.

A complete list of Elgin Image Award nominees is available on the City of Elgin’s website. All nominees will be recognized and winners will be awarded at the event. The event is open to all; please rsvp to (847) 931-5598. For more information or questions regarding the Image Awards contact Barb Keselica, Special Events and Community Engagement Manager, at 847-531-7056 or by email at Keselica_b@cityofelgin.org.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Board Member – The Literacy Connection

Literacy_ConnectionThe Literacy Connection, a 501(c)(3) organization in Elgin providing free, accessible, and customized one-on-one tutoring to adult learners, is currently seeking volunteers to serve on their Board of Directors.

Purpose: To provide leadership, advice, and policies to The Literacy Connection staff and volunteers by working together with other board members and the Executive Director to ensure effective and fiscally sound programs and operations.

Hours: Board meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month, usually at the Gail Borden Public Library, beginning at 7 p.m. Board participation is expected at our largest annual fundraiser, Trivia Bee, typically held in April, and our Tutor/Learner Recognition held in June.

The organization is currently specifically seeking board members with legal or financial expertise, but indiviudals with any background or experience are welcome to inquire. Please email Karen Oswald, Executive Director, at koswald@elginliteracy.org to learn
more about this opportunity.

For more information about The Literacy Connection, visit www.ElginLiteracy.org.

Welcome to the Elgin Young Professionals Network

cropped-eypn1-4.jpgWelcome to the Elgin Young Professionals Network website. Here you will be able to learn more about our organization, our members and our efforts to help enrich the Elgin community as well as discover myriad opportunities to enhance your career and your professional development.

As we continue to build and add content to this site over the coming weeks, we invite you to follow EYPN on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates on upcoming meetings and events.

To contact EYPN for additional information on membership, networking events or volunteer and career opportunities, click on the CONTACT tab above.