Young Professional Conversation: Lindsay Alderman

Young Professionals Connection, the largest YP organization in central Iowa, is taking applications for its 2013 board. So for this week’s Thursday YP Conversation, I talked with president-elect Lindsay Alderman, 31, about why interested YPs should think about diving into a board position, how she got to where she is, and more.

Lindsay Alderman

Lindsay Alderman

Q: Let’s start with this: Tell me, as simply as possible, what YPC is and why it’s an important piece of the YP puzzle in central Iowa.

YPC is a focused extension of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The GDSMP is supported by 24 regional Affiliate Chambers and business organizations and more than 4,300 regional member businesses. The mission is simple: to maximize local resources to address opportunities for economic and community growth. YPC was created to give a voice to the YPs in the community that want to be involved. Our efforts focus on connecting young professionals to each other and to the community through social, civic, charitable, and professional development endeavors.

Q: How did you get started in YPC? And how did you rise to the rank of president-elect?

I was first exposed to YPC through the Impact Downtown’s Trash Bash event several years back. It was such a unique event, and I was so inspired by the group involved leading that effort that I knew I needed to become a member and get involved. From there, I decided to run for the Charitable Board, where I knew I would have, what I considered, the most impact. As a board member, I fell even more in love with my community, YPC, and its members that I knew I wanted to commit myself to the organization for at least three years – the board term commitment for running for president. (President-Elect, President, Past President: each 1 year).

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Lindsay Alderman featured on Ted Des Moines Website

Guest Curator: Lindsay Alderman, Vendor Relations Manager at Lightedge Solutions

I help support our clients at Lightedge Solutions through our sales and consulting services, and work closely


Favorite TED or TEDx talk:
with our vendors to keep costs low and quality high. When not in the office, I sit on the board for the Young Professionals Connection as the President Elect. I’m an active advocate of the Startup scene in Des Moines and feel the culture of the buzzing tech scene here is infectious. I also serve on the Board of Directors with the Des Moines Social Club, where our mission is to use the Arts to help foster social change – and bring the community together the our various programming events.

I don’t have just one favorite, so I will share the two that have had the most impact on me, personally. The first was Tony Robbins’ “Why we do what we do” talk in 2006. My second most influencial Ted Talk comes from our own TEDxDesMoines and Iowa’s own Angela Maiers: You Matter.

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LightEdge’s VP of Engineering to participate in Heartland GreenUp Conference

Learn how  your company can improve profits and boost the economy by signing up for the 2011 Heartland GreenUp today!

Go beyond recycling aluminum, plastic and paper to catch discussion on clean technology, business strategies and ideas brought to you by some of the industry’s most thought-provoking leaders.  See the almost complete speaker lineup:

 

Click here to see speaker bios.  For complete event details, go to theheartlandgreenup.com.

REGISTER NOW AT THEHEARTLANDGREENUP.COM!

Where: Meadows Event Center, Des Moines (or online for all you virtual attendees)
When:  June 2, 8am – 5pm

LightEdge staff member nominated for Young Professionals Connection Board of Directors

YPC Annual Meeting
December 8

Join YPC for its 2010 Annual Meeting and 10th Anniversary Celebration on December 8th at the BRAND NEW Embassy Club West – Village at Ponderosa (520 Market Street, West Des Moines). Members will have a chance to vote on the slated board for 2011, committee members of the year will be recognized, and the Amy Jennings Young Professional of the Year will be announced. The event starts with networking at 5:30 p.m. followed by the annual meeting and 10th Anniversary Celebration. It is FREE to attend for members and $5 for non-members. There will be tons of prizes for members. To find out more about this exciting event be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook! Click here to RSVP.

Below is the slate for the 2011 YPC Board of Directors.  YPC members will have the opportunity to vote on the slate at the Annual Meeting on December 8.  If you have questions or would like more information about the slate process, please feel free to email YPC at contactus@ypcdsm.com.

President: Jason Wells
Past President: Pete Jones
President-Elect: Mike Banasiak
Business Relations Coordinator: Jim McIntire
Charitable Chair: Lindsay Alderman
Civic Chair: Bryan Newswander
Diversity Chair: Dean Krishna
Impact Downtown Chair: Alexander Grgurich
Marketing Chair: Emily Beckmann
Membership Chair: Pierre-Alain Blosse
Professional Development Chair: Megan Ruble
Student Coordinator: Mihir Gajjar
Treasurer/Secretary: Meredith Leigh
At Large: Liz Lidgett
IT/Webmaster: Doug Enright

 

LightEdge Employee Named to Des Moines Downtown Chamber Board

On November 10th, the Des Moines Downtown Chamber announced their 2011-2013 Board of Directors.  LightEdge Business Development Representative, Lindsay Alderman, was selected to the board as the Membership Director.

New Des Moines Downtown Chamber Board Members

V.P. – Tony Timm – Central Iowa Homeless Shelter

Secretary – Marc Hollander – Davis Brown Law Firm

Marketing – Kris Maggard – Business Record, BPC

Membership – Lindsay Alderman – Lightedge Solutions

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