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Friday, January 15, 2021

NKY Chamber of Commerce highlights Kentucky Young Professionals 2021 leadership

Northern Kentucky Young Professionals (NKYP) recently announced the members of the 2020-21 Steering Committee.

Representing young professional leaders from across the region, the steering committee’s term began in September 2020 with a goal to provide guidance, lend support and share feedback about themes and topics that are most important to the region’s young professionals and programming offered by NKYP.

NKYP, a program of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, creates opportunities for young professionals to become strong leaders by providing connections, fueling professional growth and encouraging community engagement. The program aims to enhance the quality of life and economic well-being in Northern Kentucky.

“The selected 2021 Steering Committee members are a group of young professionals who consistently contribute to making our region a great place to live and work,” said Ellen Bates, 2020-21 chair for NKYP. “Every member is a local rising leader who will help set the program’s direction for the year and leverage their time and talents to strengthen the Northern Kentucky community at large.”

This year, the steering committee has strengthened its focus on civic engagement and diversity, equity and inclusion. The group will also emphasize how to best navigate the current climate and work to provide creative programming that continues to allow young professionals to connect and grow despite the looming pandemic.

The 2020-21 Steering Committee members include:

Ellen Bates, chair, Brighton Center
John Enzweiler, chair elect, First Financial Bank
Ross Emerson, outgoing chair, STEP CG
Ashley Bangi, programming and events committee co-chair, The Madison
Dani Schwarz, programming and events committee co-chair RJE Business Interiors
Mike Ballenger, marketing and outreach committee co-chair, VonLehman CPAs & Advisors
Jimmy Beatrice, marketing and outreach committee co-chair, Business Benefits
Antwone Cameron, Thomas More University
Katie Collier, Frost Brown Todd
Nick Humrick, First Financial Bank
David Kay, Fifth Third Bank
Michael Young, Cincinnati Cares/Inspiring Service

Hear more from these leaders and learn about NKYP at the next NKYP: Virtual Cocktails & Conversation event scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28 from 4 to 5 p.m. This casual gathering is focused on conversations, networking and resource sharing for young professionals throughout Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. The virtual event is free, but registration is required and available online at

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