Alyssa Harrington
KC Chamber Civic and Initiatives Summer Intern
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

An Intern's Perspective on Grow to genKC

The KC Chamber’s program, genKC hosted an event focused on interns in the Kansas City metro area. Grow to genKC was a successful bundle of networking opportunities, information and advice, new ideas, and a glimpse into the near future as a young professional. The event featured a keynote speech from the President and CEO of the KC Chamber, Joe Reardon as well as a discussion led by a panel of current young professionals in the area.
Close to 300 interns in attendance had the opportunity to pick the brains of individuals relatively new to the professional world. This setup was great for several reasons. The panel of young professionals, not only had wise words to contribute, they were also relatable due to a minimal age gap between themselves and interns in attendance. In addition, their own intern experiences are still fresh in their mind and many of them work very closely with interns within their own companies.
This event was also a great opportunity to envision Kansas City as the ideal place to start a career. As an intern at the KC Chamber, and as someone not originally from the area, it was very eye opening and exciting to hear the personal stories of these young professionals entering the workforce in a city with so much growth potential.

Other interns in attendance from the KC Chamber shared some of their takeaways from the event:
“I absolutely adore Kansas City so for me just seeing the sheer number of people my age who chose to spend their summers working here was probably the coolest part of the event. I have every intention of moving back here after I graduate so being able to get a glimpse into what that life will look like, both from hearing from the panel but also meeting people who are in the same boat I am currently just made me even more excited to start the next chapter of my life!”
Miriam Swartz, Public Policy Intern
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

“Great job on the event! I enjoyed that the panelists chosen were insightful voices and gave diversity to the kinds of jobs KC employs.”
Kelly Jenks, Public Policy Intern
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

"It was very cool for young people working in Kansas City, some that may not even be from here to hear from Joe Reardon about the new airport terminal. Grow to genKC made me feel more connected to the city and showed me through the panel discussion that Kansas City would be an amazing place to live and start a career."
Anya Loboda, Community and Civic Initiatives Intern
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

"I thought the Grow to GenKC event was an insightful way to enlighten young people about all Kansas City has to offer—especially in terms of being a young professional hungry for rapid growth and development. Much like the city itself, this event showed interns that their career is what they make it and that unique opportunities abound. The panel was especially interesting, as there was diverse representation of race, gender, career, and opinion. This event only made me more excited about my potential future as a young professional in Kansas City."
Nellie Kassebaum, Public Policy Intern
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce


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Posted: 6/12/2017 4:11:01 PM