Young Leader Conference

“The Young Leader Conference is designed specifically for the emerging leaders in our region. It has become the premier event for these leaders to develop professionally, network, and leave inspired. I cannot think of a better way to spend an afternoon.” – Derek Shinska, YL Board Chair

DEC Young Leaders (YL) can participate in the annual YL Conference whose goals are to educate, inspire and connect. This half-day professional development conference allows YLs to: learn from our region’s business, civic and non-profit leaders; network with DEC Board Members and Sponsors; and build new relationships with any of the over 400 YL attendees.  Created and programmed each year by YL’s, they half-day includes powerful keynote and impactful breakout sessions.  This is one conference you won’t want to miss! Click here to see a short video about the YL Conference.

Develop: Hear powerful keynotes and breakout sessions delivered by successful C-suite executives and civic leaders.


Inspire: Nourish and motivate the leadership skills within yourself as you learn new and effective ways for personal development.


Connect: Over 400 YL’s are waiting to expand and strengthen their networks by meeting their YL peers who are also eager to learn and expand their networks together.


For more information on how you can become a sponsor at our next YL Conference, please visit our Sponsor Page.