WAUSAU — The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce will host the first Greater Wausau Young Professionals Conference at the City Grill Restaurant & Event Space in Wausau on Tuesday, April 16. This full-day event is presented in partnership with the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce.

John Karras, Vice President of Strategic Accounts with Atlas Integrated of Austin, TX will be one of the keynote speakers at the conference. Karras will share insights on the most important question companies and communities are asking about young professionals … how do young people decide where to live?

Karras will also interview a panel of young professionals regarding their choice to live in the Wausau region. This panel will include three different perspectives: a lifelong Central Wisconsinite, a ‘boomerang’ Wausau native who left and returned, and a newcomer from out of state that has made the region home.

Dr. Pafoua Her, Business Partner with Leading Edge Payroll & HR Solutions, will offer the other keynote address at the conference. Her will examine the impact of unconscious bias and microaggressions on diverse professionals in the workplace.

The conference will also feature a YP Forum. This discussion will focus on the region’s ‘quality of place’ and offer an opportunity for participants to share ideas while building their network.

“Placemaking is a very important piece of the Economic Development Strategic Plan that we are building for our region, especially as we work to attract and retain talented young professionals,” said Dr. Dave Eckmann, President/CEO of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. “This conference will allow young professionals throughout central Wisconsin to gather and activate their voice to build a competitive community, while also offering a unique network building opportunity for young professionals.”

The Conference gives employers the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to professional development and offer a point of community engagement for their young professionals. Employers may use this event as a tool to better equip young professionals to serve as ambassadors for the business or organization in recruitment efforts.

Check-in and networking will begin at 10 a.m. followed by the program. A social hour with appetizers and a cash bar will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. The cost is $50 for members and non-members and includes lunch. A table of eight can be reserved for $400.

To register for this event visit WausauChamber.com or call 715-845-6231.

The silver sponsor for the program is Ruder Ware LLSC. The bronze sponsors are Mutual of Wausau Insurance Corporation and Wisconsin Public Service Corp, and the facility sponsor is City Grill Restaurant & Event Space. The Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce is the program partner. Those interested in becoming sponsors for this event should contact Stacy Livernash at 715-848-5955.