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2021 Young Professional Leadership Conference

Welcome to the 2021 YP Leadership Conference.

The Greater Burlington Young Professionals will host the 6th Annual YP Leadership Conference. Spend the afternoon with fellow YPs to focus on leadership topics that will help you grow professionally. This year the YP Conference has three tremendous speakers covering a variety of topics. For more information on the speakers and the subjects they will be covering check out the information below. Directly before and following the conference, networking opportunities will be available to meet and chat with fellow YP's and attendees at the conference.

Who can attend?

The 2021 YP Conference is open to all Young Professional members as well as all Southeast Iowa residents and those who work here between the age of 21 - 40.


The 2021 Young Professional Leadership Conference  Speaker Lineup

Dustin James

Motivation, Sales & Leadership Expert, Moments Leadership

The keynote speaker is the dynamic Dustin James. This motivational speaking powerhouse takes energy and engagement to an entirely different level. Dustin’s interactive learning experiences motivate and inspire through massive crowd engagement, creativity, and professional storytelling. Dustin has been a TOP PERFORMER in four different industries. He is a proud husband and father of two; he is a serial entrepreneur, a TEDx Speaker, and John Maxwell Certified Coach



Dawn Towne

Realtor, RE/MAX Real Estate Specialists

Dawn Towne is a speaker, author, branding coach, and realtor helping side-hustlers leave their 9-5 and monetize their entrepreneurial endeavors. Dawn believes that a strong personal development strategy leads to long-term professional success.



Jeff Burkhart

Regional President, MidWestOne Bank

The final breakout speaker for the day will be Jeff Burkhart. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Political Science, Jeff attended the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has worked as a Universal Banker, Assistant Manager, Branch Manager, Director of In-Store Banking, Correspondent Banker, Commercial Lender, COO, and Regional President.


Purchase Your Tickets

New This Year - Lunch Included In Registration

Registration non-refundable after September 6. 

YP Members: $55
Non-YP Members: $65
YP Member Ticket + 1 Year YP Membership: $120


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Conference Information:

Location: PZAZZ! Convention & Event Center

Date: Thursday, September 9

Time: 12:00 - 4 PM


  • 12 PM – Networking Lunch
  • 1 PM – Keynote Speaker, Dustin James
  • 2 PM – Break
  • 2:15 PM – Break Out 1, Dawn Towne
  • 3 PM – Break
  • 3:15 PM – Break Out 2, Jeff Burkhart
  • 4 PM – Closing

For more information contact Emily Pattee.

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