Congratulations Molly Center

MollyCongratulations to EYPN’s Molly Center for winning the Marguerite Henry Award for Communication/Technology at the 33rd Annual YWCA Elgin Leader Luncheon on Thursday, May 12. Molly is the third EYPN member to win the award (Krisilee Murphy, 2012 and Kari Christensen, 2015).

Here is the complete nomination narrative for Molly submitted by EYPN:

In 70 words or less provide important accomplishments that support your nominee being chosen as the 2016 award recipient in their category.

As Multimedia Specialist for the City of Elgin, Molly Center manages and has significantly developed the reach of the city’s extensive social media communications presence, which encompasses 50 different social accounts across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and LinkedIn. She also manages content for the city’s website (www.cityofelgin.org) and leads the creation of the city’s visual marketing, branding and messaging graphics for city events, initiatives and communications.

List the significant achievements of the nominee in the named category.

As the manager of the City of Elgin’s social media communications, Molly has a key role in both crafting and delivering a variety of important news from myriad city departments across multiple traditional and non-traditional communication platforms to this diverse municipality of over 110,000 people. She strategically orchestrates a comprehensive communications schedule for 27 different city Facebook accounts, 14 Twitter accounts and multiple e-mail lists. Under her leadership, the number of daily news postings, engaged followers and overall reach of these social accounts has nearly doubled! She also manages content for the city’s website thru their Salesforce database and contributes content to the city’s quarterly Neighbor newsletter and monthly Special Events eblast.

As part of the Elgin Area Chamber’s Enhancing Elgin committee, Molly helped organize a group of Elgin marketing and social media professionals in an effort to more effectively leverage all of the communications resources of the Elgin community. The #Elgin365 Committee, which includes participants from Gail Borden Library, the Elgin Area Chamber, Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Downtown Neighborhood Association and other Elgin groups, meets monthly to discuss ways to collaboratively share positive stories about Elgin, as well as, determine ways to strategically tie Elgin to local and national trending topics on social media. (For example, researching and sharing stories about important women in Elgin’s history for National Women’s History Month.) By integrating and cross promoting the group’s new #Elgin365 hashtag amongst these and other area communications outlets’ online postings, it is the hope of the committee to saturate Elgin’s social media landscape with all the good news Elgin has to offer and thus positively impact the narrative about our great community.

She has also been heavily involved in the rollout of the newest version of the city’s Elgin 311 app, including writing content for the Elgin Today section and analyzing and researching the Twitter presences of local businesses and restaurants for potential integration into a new “Business” section for the app – thus making the app more valuable not only to residents and visitors as a source for local information but to business owners and employees as a driver of economic development.

Molly also has completely revamped the city’s visual marketing and messaging by developing more streamlined, uniform and professional looking branding for print collateral, advertising, logos and online postings. In a way, Molly enjoys the unique role of shaping both the image and voice for the City of Elgin. Not bad for a young professional.

List past or present positions of leadership or responsibility.

Molly currently serves as the Staff Liaison to the City of Elgin’s Sustainability Commission where she runs monthly commission meetings, takes meeting minutes and provides vital communication between city staff and the commission as well as grant and sponsorship applicants. She also manages the commission’s Facebook page where she authors and promotes weekly “Waste Wednesday” tips which describe a variety of sustainable practices for residents, from recycling yard waste to proper disposal of household batteries. Under her leadership, the Sustainability Commission’s Facebook page has grown to nearly 700 likes with marked levels of social media engagement from the community.

She began her tenure with the City of Elgin as a Naturalist for Hawthorn Hills Nature Center, where she organized volunteer clean-up efforts and other events.

Describe qualities of leadership demonstrated by the nominee.

Molly’s leadership is demonstrated by her actions and her work ethic. Quite simply, she leads by doing. Shouldering the responsibility of being the “traffic cop” for getting out nearly all of the City of Elgin’s online communications is not something easily accomplished. It takes tremendous drive, diligence and patience to interface and follow-up with the major city departments on providing relevant and accurate content for their areas on a weekly basis. It then takes a great deal of time management savvy to develop said content and appropriate visual messaging for multiple social platforms in a timely and compliant fashion, and it takes supreme organization skills and a thorough understanding of the social media “tricks of the trade” to then strategically schedule all of those postings. It is these traits as well as her thoughtful listening skills, abundant creativity and willingness to go above and beyond in every facet of her work that make her an outstanding leader and an ideal candidate for this award.

Describe how this person has demonstrated a commitment to excellence.

Though already well-versed in social media communications, Molly felt it was important to further increase her skills through continuing education. Thus in February 2015, she worked with members of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, Elgin Area Chamber and Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, to secure funds for a group of local social media professionals to attend a Social Media Boot Camp produced by nationally acclaimed Ragan Communications. The two-day virtual training session provided the group a well-rounded education on newer social media and marketing trends. This continual search to broaden her knowledge base and experience makes Molly an invaluable resource to the city and demonstrates her commitment to excellence.

Explain how the nominee made an outstanding or innovative contribution in the category.

The City of Elgin recently launched a new website and communications initiative called “Investing in Elgin” (www.cityofelgin.org/construction) to keep Elgin residents informed on capital improvement projects, such as road construction, street resurfacing or sewer repairs. Molly was the lead on developing this new website for the city, which details timelines and costs for each project and integrates a social component to the initiative that pushes site content about each project to residents thru a weekly e-mail blast as well as Twitter, Facebook and the city’s Elgin 311 app for mobile devices. This new proactive, multi-channel approach to engagement with the community helps solidify Elgin as a trend-setting, innovative municipality.

To help reach a broader audience and better disseminate topics discussed by City Council, Molly also live tweets council meetings on Twitter, which serves to expand civic interest from the community on the inner-workings of their local government.

List any achievement which has made improvements in the specific profession, business, or service.

As recently as three years ago, the City of Elgin’s communications footprint was significantly less visible and their online branding identity was disjointed at best. Over the last two years, Molly has worked hard to increase the city’s reach to its citizens thru a diligent, more strategic approach to social media postings including a larger focus on content. By adding or updating over 30 new Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for city of Elgin committees, special events and other municipal branches and nearly quadrupling its social media reach, the city can now more effectively target its communications to a specific audience. Couple that with a more unified, cohesive messaging and advertising brand developed by Molly, the City of Elgin now has a robust, well-oiled communications machine to better engage with a much larger segment of the Elgin community, thanks in large part to the efforts and leadership exemplified by Molly Center.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Special Events Marketing Coordinator (PT)

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APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS POSITION

 

 

 

 

POSITION: Special Events Marketing Coordinator (part-time)

ORGANIZATION: City of Elgin

SALARY: $10.00 – $14.00 Hourly

OPENING DATE: 06/26/15

CLOSING DATE: 07/10/15 11:59 PM

GENERAL DEFINITION OF WORK:

Under the direction of the Special Events Department in the City Manager’s Office, this position will be responsible for developing marketing materials and assisting with administration tasks for a variety of events.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/TYPICAL TASKS:

Assist with administrative duties of special events, such as:
* Assist with designing posters, distributing fliers, writing press releases and developing program forms.
* Manages Special Events website/Facebook pages, create blogs and place ads in all forms of media.
* Create a special events newsletter using Constant Contact
* Assists with permitting festivals, parades and block parties by sending out letters, following up with missing paperwork and setting up meetings.
* Attend Community Engagement Committee meetings, take minutes to distribute to committee members and update the Special Events Monthly Calendar.
* Liaison with City departments, outside agencies, volunteers, and citizens to ensure overall safety and an effective presentation of events.
* Answer and return phone calls and messages.
* Follow and implement City ordinances and regulations.
* Ensure the proper care of City equipment.
* Perform other tasks as assigned.
* Work with businesses and foundations to attain sponsorships for special events. Work closely with sponsors to ensure their marketing needs are met.
* Recruit and assist in the management of volunteers for special events
* Attend and contribute to special events planning meetings as requested

OTHER:

* Experience working with special events and volunteers.
* Must possess strong organizational skills.
* Must possess exceptional interpersonal skills
* Must have strong customer service skills.
* Must have a High School Diploma/GED, with college credit or degree a plus.
* Fluency in the use and application of MS Office Suite and electronic mail systems
* Ability to work weekends and extended hours when necessary.
* Must be physically capable of lifting boxes up to 50 lbs, setting up tables and pop up tents, hanging banners and other similar duties

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Hours:
* 15 hours per week, with potential for additional hours during busy periods.
* Requires working flexible day, evening and weekend hours

Apply online at www.cityofelgin.org.

 

April 2015 Meeting Minutes

cropped-eypn1.jpgEYPN April Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, April 28, 2016 6:00pm
Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street, Elgin

Board Members Present: Megan Ault, Aaron Cosentino, Marissa Garza, Jason Pawlowski

Members Present: Andrea Fugitt, Olivia Vlahos, Brooke Wardle, Molly Center, Emily Tyler, Andrew Block, Justin Budd, Angela Carlson

Introductions

Jason Pawlowski, Board Treasurer, facilitated the meeting and welcomed the group at 6:01pm.

Coffee with EYPN

The April Coffee with EYPN event at Domani Café was well attended. Domani has been a great host for the last two coffee events. The question was raised about whether we should consider rotating these events to offer other coffee shops in town the opportunity to host. Another question was raised about if the events could be rotated to another day besides Fridays. It was decided that our next Coffee with EYPN, tentatively scheduled for mid-July or August, should rotate to Blue Box Café in downtown Elgin and we will look at the feasibility of scheduling the event on a different day of the week.

EYPN May Volunteer Event

Our next volunteer event will be a Clean-Up Day at Hawthorne Hills in Elgin on Saturday, May 16 from 9am-12pm. A Facebook event will be created and cross promoted thru the EYPN website. Sign-up will be coordinated thru Elissa Kojzarek and Molly Center.

Regarding the ongoing monthly EYPN volunteer nights with Food for Greater Elgin, we will work with Sue Ericson and her staff to coordinate another volunteer night in June. We will then continue to promote and offer the ongoing monthly FFGE opportunities to anyone who is interested and look at setting a goal for the year for total FFGE volunteer hours as an organization.

2015 Mentor Program

Past Chair Becky Hardekopf was unable to attend the meeting so discussion on the specifics of the “kick-off” event for the 2015 Mentor Program was tabled.

Discussion did take place on potential mentor candidates. We will confirm which candidates Becky has already lined-up and then reach out to those other potential mentors discussed this evening.

Discussion also took place on current EYPN members serving as mentors not just for our membership but for college students as well. Several members expressed an interest in serving as mentors. Additional discussion on the logistics and integration into our existing mentor program is needed.

It was suggested that our members perhaps consider serving as presenters for more Professional Development Series this year with topics/presenters such as Learning Adobe InDesign (Jason Pawlowski), Social Media tips (Marissa Garza, Molly Center, Krisilee Murphy, others), etc.

Tweet Night at the Symphony

The EYPN Tweet Night at the ESO will be Saturday, May 2 beginning with a wine tasting at Solo restaurant & wine bar at 6pm followed by the concert at Hemmens at 7:30pm. We have a total of 11 EYPN members and their guests attending. EYPN will prepay the ESO by check on Wednesday, April 29 and collect remaining outstanding funds from attendees by Saturday night.

Mother’s Day Cash Mob

Our spring Cash Mob will be Saturday, May 9 from 9am-1pm at The Flower Wagon, 989 W. Spring Street in South Elgin. The Facebook event went live earlier this week and over 350 people have been invited from both EYPN and the owners of The Flower Wagon. For every “cash mobster” that spends $20, they are entered into a raffle for a planter of flowers valued at $50. Winners need not be present to win. Also, each mom in attendance that day will receive a single flower as a gift.

Upcoming Community Events/Volunteer Opportunities

Downtown Elgin Art Hop (5/1) is looking for volunteers to help with registration and check-in at nine different venues in downtown Elgin. Contact Paige Roeber at the DNA at proeber@downtownelgin.com or call 847-488-1456.

Strawberry Festival (5/2) takes place at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Elgin and benefits local non-profit organizations.

City of Elgin’s Public Works Open House (5/2) is a family-friendly event that takes place at the Public Works facility at 1900 Holmes Road.

EYPN member Kari Christensen has been nominated in the Communications category for this year’s YWCA Elgin Leader Luncheon (5/7) at the Seville in Streamwood. Several EYPN members are attending to support Kari. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at www.YWCAElgin.org.

City of Elgin’s Fox Trot is seeking volunteers for packet stuffing during the week leading up to the race (5/19-5/21). Shifts are from 9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm and 3pm-6pm. They are also in need of pre-registration volunteers (5/22) and race day volunteers (5/23) for check-in and other duties.

Bikes and Bites on the Fox (5/30) will be a bicycle-friendly event on Riverside Drive featuring food trucks, farmers market, kids activities and more. EYPN is organizing the bags activity for the event. We will post this as a volunteer opportunity for EYPN members and we need at least 2-3 people. We are also looking into prizes for a potential bags tournament at the event. Angela Carlson will promote Bikes and Bites on the Fox on her 7 for the Weekend segment on 95.9-FM The River.

Other Discussion

Marissa Garza has agreed to organize a new EYPN Book Club, where different members will pick a book each quarter that they like for other participating members to read. Then we will host informal quarterly meetings to discuss.

The group was definitely on board with doing another EYPN painting night. We will decide on an appropriate night for sometime this summer and work with Ola la Ijorere to schedule. Several members expressed interest in doing the Riverside Drive painting.

Brooke Wardle will be joining as a new EYPN member thru Judson University. Brooke will only be in the Elgin area until late summer. We will give the option to Judson to send another representative in her place after Brooke leaves.

Andrew Block has also expressed interest in joining and volunteering at some of our upcoming EYPN functions.

The group was in favor of conducting the next meeting at Prairie Rock Bar & Grill in downtown Elgin in their outdoor beer garden. We will confirm this with Christina Pearson just in case a May venue has already been confirmed.

Next Meeting: Thursday, May 21st at 6pm (location TBD)

Meeting Adjourned at 6:45pm

EYPN Wins Elgin Image Award

Pictured left to right: Kari Christensen, Saul Acevedo, Christina Pearson, Megan Ault, Krisilee Murphy, Becky Hardekopf, Jason Pawlowski, Charlene Sligting, Justin Budd and Jennifer Cook.

Pictured left to right: Kari Christensen, Saul Acevedo, Christina Pearson, Megan Ault, Krisilee Murphy, Becky Hardekopf, Jason Pawlowski, Charlene Sligting, Justin Budd and Jennifer Cook.

Elgin Young Professionals Network was among several individuals, organizations and projects honored with an Elgin Image Award at the 23rd Annual Elgin Image Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 19 at The Centre of Elgin’s Heritage Ballroom.

We are very proud of our network’s accomplishments and humbled to be recognized by the City of Elgin’s Image Commission. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and nominees.

A huge thank you to all of our members, past and present, for helping grow EYPN into the thriving network that it is today.

If you are interested in joining EYPN and learning more about what we do in the community, please visit our Membership Page.

February 2015 Meeting Minutes

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The Village Squire
480 Randall Road, South Elgin, IL 60177

Board Members Present: Krisilee Murphy, Marissa Garza, Jason Pawlowski, and Christina Pearson

Members Present: Justin Budd, Kari Christensen, Elaina McCalmont, Amber Phillips, Cass Skoflanc, and Emily Tyler

Introductions
Krisilee Murphy, Board President, facilitated the meeting and welcomed the group.

Recap of Membership Drive
We had 28 people sign up during the event on January 29, but since then more people have reached out to Krisilee wanting to discuss the membership.

2015 Dues Program
Anyone who didn’t receive their t-shirt, should get them by March 18 at the professional development session or the March meeting. If you have not signed-up yet then here is the link. http://elginyoungprofessionals.com/become-a-member/

EYPN Volunteer Event
EYPN is scheduled to volunteer at Food For Greater Elgin on Thursday, February 26 from 5:30-7:30. Currently 9 members have signed up but they can take up to 12. Justin Budd and Emily Tyler stated they possibly could volunteer as well. We will plan to do one to two more throughout the year.

Professional Development Session: Financial Planning and Investments
On March 18th we will be having our first professional development session of 2015. The presentation will begin at 6:30 at Judson University’s in the Eagle Lounge inside Lindner Tower, 1151 N. State Street in Elgin. Keith Rauschenberger will provide a brief overview of financial and retirement planning followed by an introduction to investment management and portfolio development. This session will not be super technical but rather presented in a way that everyone can understand. Professional Development is a member benefit so we will continue these in 2015! More information on this session: http://elginyoungprofessionals.com/2015/02/09/financial-planning-and-investment/

Elgin Image Award
EYPN has been nominated for an Elgin Image Award.  The award ceremony is on March 19 at The Centre of Elgin. Cocktails are from 6-7:00 and the ceremony begins at 7:00. A free dinner is also included. We would like to get as many EYPN members to attend as possible. We will be getting there early to save a table or two so please let us know if you are coming by March 11th. Email Krisilee Murphy to save your seat, kmurphy@northernfoxrivervalley.com.

Social Event: Night Out with the Symphony
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is doing a special event for EYPN members. ESO is providing EYPN with 30 “tweet seat” tickets to their season finale concert on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 for only $20. Included in this package is a Solo wine tasting beginning at 6:30. This is an EYPN member only exclusive opportunity, but of course you are welcome to bring a guest. We will have more information regarding the concert and how you can purchase your ticket in the next couple weeks.

Mentor Program

Anyone who wanted to sign up for a mentor but didn’t have an opportunity to sign-up at the January 29 event, please let Becky Hardekopf know. We will be rolling this program out in March. Becky’s email, bhardekopf@girlscoutsni.org.

Volunteer Opportunities in the Community

  1. 2015 Women’s Big Ten Basketball Tournament (March 3-8): They are looking for volunteers to help out at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates during this event. It’s open to all ages. Here is the link to register. https://2015bigtenwomenbbtourvol.my-trs.com/
  1. YWCA’s Cinderella’s Closet (March 21): They are looking for volunteers to help on the Tuesdays before the event from 5-8PM to organize the dresses and help set up. They are also looking for fairy godmothers for the day of the event to help the girls pick out their dresses. Here is the link to register to volunteer. http://www.ywcaelgin.org/site/c.8qLOK6MCLeI0F/b.8346225/k.63E2/Volunteer_Application/apps/ka/ct/contactus.asp?c=8qLOK6MCLeI0F&b=8346225&en=5oJzGIOjE4KIKSMmG3KFJOPwFfKHKXPvH8LKL0NELsG
  1. City of Elgin’s Fox Trot (May 23): The city is looking for volunteers to help the week of, the day before and the day of the race. There are a lot of different volunteer opportunities at this event. If you are interested please reach out to Amanda Moody with the City of Elgin, moody_a@cityofelgin.org.

Announcements

  • Girl Scout cookies are now on sale. The booth sales begin February 27 and go through March 26.
  • The Annual Hablamos Española Expo is on March 7 from 10:00AM-3:00PM at The Centre of Elgin. The Expo will feature entertainment from various cultural, dance and performing arts groups, a Hispanic art showcase, a sampling of food from area restaurants and local vendors.
  • The YWCA of Elgin, I Heart Prom Expo will take place on Friday, March 13 from 6-9:00PM at Elgin High School. The expo will feature a Prom fashion show, interactive safety exhibits, safety tips in a fun and informative way. Also available will be Prom-related vendors such as limo services, hair salons, florists, and dress shops.
  • Razors Edge is having a makeover contest. People are asked to submit a video about their worst hair disaster/experience.
  • The Human Race 5k in McHenry County will take place on April 26. If you are interested in participating Little Angels asks that you select their agency to benefit from your registration.
  • The Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau has a new website.

An idea was brought up that when an EYPN member is at an event or are doing something in the community we should use the hashtag #IAMEYPN so we can show people what we do.

Meeting adjourn at 6:40PM

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Harvest Market Manager

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POSITION HAS NOW BEEN FILLED

Position:  Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, Market Manager

General Description:

The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market began operating in 2000 as an event of the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin.  It is a seasonal market held weekly on Thursdays from the first week in June through the first week of October (18 weeks) and is located outdoors in a City of Elgin parking lot at 200 North Grove Avenue in Downtown Elgin.

The market offers and encourages locally grown and sustainably produced food, provides an outlet for educational opportunities on sustainable practices and healthy living, supports local artists, community organizations, and Downtown businesses while cultivating a welcoming and entertaining public space atmosphere in Downtown Elgin. During peak season, more than 20 vendors of raw and processed agricultural local products participate, selling their goods to over 500 or more customers and visitors a week.

The market manager is a part-time position who will work closely with the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s Event Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. The person filling this position will need to have the following skills to successfully operate an urban farmers market including:

  • Vendor recruitment and relations
  • Market application process
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Market promotion and outreach
  • Collaboration with city departments, local businesses, and other organizations
  • Market day logistics and execution
  • Financial record keeping
  • Understanding/operating EBT program

Qualifications:

A strong candidate for this position will have a demonstrated passion for local, sustainable food production and/or community building and civic engagement as well as excellent communications skills.  This is a physically demanding role, requiring the ability to work in all weather conditions and to lift and carry up to 50lbs.  Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and legally eligible for employment in the U.S.

Other desired qualifications are:

  • Highly self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Familiar with Downtown Elgin and/or Downtown Districts
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Basic understanding of social media, online communications
  • Experience in customer service and/or event planning
  • Agricultural background
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with diverse populations
  • Ability to learn on the job and multitask
  • Conflict resolution and problem solving skills

Position Responsibilities:

The 2015 Downtown Neighborhood Association’s Harvest Market outdoor season will operate on Thursday’s from June 4 through October 1, 9am – 2pm, at 200 North Grove Avenue, Elgin, IL. The Market Manager will be expected to arrive at 7am and stay through tear down (approximately 3pm).  During that time, s/he will work with volunteers, etc. to set up the Market, coordinate volunteers, interns, sponsors, vendors, community partners, kid program partners, special activities, and tear down of the Market.  This is a physically and mentally demanding role that is best filled by someone with enthusiasm and a positive, resilient attitude. The Market Manager will also have regularly scheduled office days to focus on such tasks as enrolling farmers/vendors, collecting fees, creating and maintaining the Harvest Market budget, overseeing the Harvest Market Committee meetings and other duties as assigned. The DNA office is located at 10 N. Spring Street, Elgin, IL.

How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, IL at info@downtownElgin.com. In the subject line, please enter “Harvest Market Manager Position”.

Elgin Seeking Image Award Nominees

elgin-300x180Elgin’s Image Advisory Commission is now seeking nominations for its prestigious Image Awards which annually recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that have had a positive impact on Elgin.

Categories include Individual/Professional, Individual/Volunteer, Projects (such as special events, fundraising projects and neighborhood improvements), Organizations/Businesses and Citizenship.

The deadline to submit nominations is January 23, 2015 at 5pm. Winners are selected by members of the Image Advisory Commission, and will be honored at the annual Image Awards event scheduled for March 19, 2015 at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way. Nomination forms are available on the City’s website www.cityofelgin.org, Robert Gilliam Municipal Complex and The Centre of Elgin. For more information or questions regarding the Image Awards contact Barb Keselica, Special Events and Community Engagement Manager, at 847-531-7056.

Click here to access the Image Awards nomination form online.

EYPN’s Hardekopf Receives Young Professional Friend of Tourism Award

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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.

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.