Also: Groups for Petaluma, Napa and Healdsburg

NORTH BAY – The Santa Rosa Young Professionals Network is hosting its first Professional Development Day on May 17 at the Finley Community Center.

The event is designed to give young professionals in the area tips from other working professionals on how to develop and improve skills and to become more professional in the workplace.

Keynote speaker Andrew Swerdlow of Google will talk on technology trends young professionals need to be aware of. Other speakers are Doug Clark of Metier, Scott Ormerod of Leap Solutions, Lynne Wallace of Vantreo Insurance Brokerage and Cassie McDowell of Productive Learning and Leisure.

Event details and information about the Santa Rosa YPN can be found at www.santarosaypn.com.


A new YPN recently sprouted up in Petaluma.

The Petaluma Young Professionals Network is a professional development program designed to engage and introduce young professionals to Petaluma’s resources and opportunities. Ms. McDowell of Productive Learning and Leisure and Nicole Smartt of Star Staffing have partnered with the Petaluma Chamber of Commerce to develop the program with the vision of engaging Young Professionals in the local business community to impact the current and future marketplace.

“It has been an absolute delight collaborating with Cassie McDowell on starting this organization. Petaluma YPN is an incredibly valuable resource to young professionals in the Petaluma areas, providing us with education, networking opportunities, and guidance to succeed in our professional life,” Ms. Smartt said. “In addition, this will also help local businesses as it will bring more professionals to the wonderful and diverse attractions Petaluma has to offer. I am looking forward to serving on the board under Cassie’s direction and helping young professionals as well as the community of Petaluma grow.

Besides Ms. McDowell and Ms. Smartt, the board consists of Andrew McNeil of McNeil Benefits Insurance Services, Daniel Ancheta of Bank of Marin, Jennifer Patten of the Referral Institute, Sharon Medley of Medley Glass, Kyle Restad of Edward Jones, Michael Regan of The Regan Team, Michael Belfor of AP Mortgage, Petaluma City Councilman Mike Harris of CrossCheck and Gabe Kearney of Kaiser Permanente.

The Petaluma YPN will offer networking events such as morning and evening mixers, educational seminars for professional development, and community education.

The first mixer is at La Dolce Vita on Wednesday, May 18 from 6 to 8pm. The next event will be a YPN breakfast where we will discuss the benefits of joining Petaluma YPN. This will be held at Cordoza’s Deli on Tuesday, May 24 at 7 a.m.

Find the Petaluma YPN on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetalumaYPN


The goals of Healdsburg’s Young Professional Network are to unite Healdsburg professionals aged 40 and under.

The Healdsburg YPN’s next event is on May 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Favorites Clothing, 435 Center St.

Visit www.healdsburg.com/YPN for more information about membership and to RSVP to events.


EDGE: Napa Valley is a network designed for business professionals in their 20s and 30s who live or work in the Napa Valley and want to promote a sustainable community with active professionals who have a long term interest in the area.

The group focuses on professional and personal development, networking and community involvement.

The group’s goals are to attract & retain young professionals to the Napa Valley, to provide access to knowledge of other professionals, local resources, learning opportunities and training and to enhance the unique quality of life in the Napa Valley.

More information about EDGE memberships and events can be found at http://edgenapavalley.com.