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NWA YP Summit 2016

August 12th

John Q Hammons Center

 Rogers Arkansas


To empower young professionals in Northwest Arkansas with the tools to enact positive change within themselves, their companies, and the community.



Revitalize your ideas of personal success and discover how to achieve what happiness means to you.


Strengthen your potential for prosperity by learning how to best bring your enthusiasm to your workplace.


Turn your passion into action by collaborating with other young professionals to help Northwest Arkansas thrive in every way.

NWA YP Summit 2016

August 12th

John Q Hammons Center

 Rogers Arkansas

Keynote Speaker

Donnie Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Tyson Foods Inc.

Donnie’s enthusiasm for Tyson Foods is contagious among the company’s 113,000 Team Members. Appointed to his role as president and CEO in 2009, his passion is the hallmark of his tenure at the company, which he joined in 1980. He guides Tyson Foods to be a company with a conscience, focused on feeding the world great, affordable food, while also making a positive difference in people’s lives.

Through his career, Donnie has worked to learn every angle of the Tyson Foods business. He joined Tyson, working in poultry operations for seven years in Tennessee before moving to the company’s headquarters in Springdale, Ark., where he started as a commodity buyer. He was named director of commodity purchasing in 1991 and during the next several years added complementary responsibilities to his management portfolio: logistics, purchasing and information systems in 2006; and engineering, food safety and quality assurance, and environmental health and safety in 2007. He moved into the company’s consumer products division in 2008 and was named senior group vice president of poultry and prepared foods in early 2009, the same year he was appointed as president and CEO. 



9:00 - 9:15 AM
Check in
9:30 - 10:00 AM
Opening Programming
10:15 - 10:55 AM
Breakout Session One
11:10 - 11:50 AM
Breakout Session Two
11:55 am
12:20 pm
Keynote Speaker
Donnie Smith
Tyson President and Chief Executive Officer
1:35 - 1:40 PM
1:40 - 3:40 PM
Community Engagement Session
4:00 PM
Post Summit Happy Hour
Grubs Bar & Grill
Rogers, AR

Breakout Sessions

Session One Topics
Balance Beam
Finding time to live a full life
Negotiating Your Value
Understanding and discussing your worth in the workplace
Start Up Stories
Local Entrepreneurs Tell All
Session Two Topics
Adulting Made EasY
A few tips and tricks to make you an official "grown up"
Making Sense of the Workplace
Millennials and Mentoring
Let's Talk
Communication in the Workplace

Breakout Sessions Speakers

Breakout Speakers

Rashad Delph
Tyson Foods

Talent Acquisition and Global Mobility

Kanat Bektemirov
CaseStack Cloud Service

R&D Engineer

Joe Saumweber

Co-Founder and CEO

April Seggebruch

Co-Founder and EVP

Steve Outain
Walmart & Bike Rack Brewing Co.

Management & Founder

Kellen Utecht

Director of Sustainability

Blake Hannan

Recruitment and Talent Acquistion

Lance & Lauren Stokes
Lauren James Co.


Kaye Cullum

Sr Director HR Technology Strategy & STEM Lead

Brett Amerine
StartUp Junkie

Chief Opperating Officer

To our presenting partners

Special thanks

To Our sponsors

To our media partners

To our promotional partners

To Our Volunteers

Northwest Arkansas Emerging Leaders

Rotary District 6110

Program Development

Ali Baum

Ana Aguayo

Terry Bankston

Michael Iseman

Melissa Tatman

Haley Cleous

Anna Clark

Mike Abb

Dallas Hardison 

Jennifer Nix

Rachel Smith

Dr. Todd Jenkins

Amy Gober

Keaton Smith


Amy Gober

Jeremy Turley

Sloan Scroggins

Michelle Fittro

Post Event

Tim Stidham

Will Davis

Executive Committee

Dr. Todd Jenkins

Amy Gober

Jeremy Turley 

Keaton Smith

Tim Stidham

Will Davis

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