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2021 Alaska Young Professionals Summit Goes Virtual


ANCHORAGE – The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Group (YPG) is proud to host the first virtual Alaska Young Professionals Summit on April 16-17, 2021 via Whova, an award-winning event and conference app. This growing group is enthusiastic to reach even further across the state to develop Alaska’s workforce and prepare, motivate and inspire them to be better, more productive leaders and employees in our communities.

The two-day summit will host immersive workshops and compelling seminars presented by successful and experienced government, business, and community leaders, and other experts in their field. Programs and events are geared towards all levels of employees and executives, and welcomes professionals of all industries. For a sneak peek of presenters and sessions, visit

The group is excited to announce the 2021 keynote speaker sponsored by GCI, Nadira Hira, award-winning writer, sought-after host, passionate progressive, and ever-evolving storyteller who’s graced pages and stages from Fortune to VICE to the United Nations.

Known for her distinctive style, both sharp and uniquely empathetic, Nadira’s appeared on the likes of NPR, HBO, CNN, and MSNBC. She’s captivated audiences at Google, Disney, Comic-Con International, the UN’s Global Festival of Action, and marquee events around the world. And she’s relished examining contemporary culture from all angles in many a print outlet, among them Essence, Smithsonian, MTV News, and Fortune, where she did some of her favorite journalism as a staff writer profiling such singular subjects as Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, the rollicking ancient art trade, and twenty-somethings in the 21st century. A would-be poet, professional sports fan, and proud graduate of Stanford University, Nadira’s eternally grateful to call Brooklyn, New York, home.

This year’s Alaska Young Professionals Summit Award finalists are:

Alaska Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Dan Newman, Owner, Alaska Premier Auctions & Appraisals
  • Jin Chen, Founder, The Planeket
  • and Meredith Noble, Co-Founder and CEO, Learn Grant Writing

Alaska Young Professional of the Year

  • Dr. Daniel Volland, Owner, Ursa Optical
  • June Gardner, Vice President, Consumer Compliance/Alaska USA FCU
  • ​Laura Sturdevant, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
Award winners will be announced at the virtual award ceremony and keynote presentation on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 4:30 pm.

To register for the 2021 Summit, visit Tickets for chamber members are $200 and $250 for non-members. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Email
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The Anchorage Chamber’s Young Professionals Group (YPG) is the largest young professional organization in Alaska with nearly 1000 members statewide. YPG enhances careers through social, philanthropic, and professional development activities and events. YPG aims to connect diverse young professionals across the area to create a force that will both strengthen and grow Anchorage and its young professional community, with the ultimate goal of attracting even more young professionals to share their talents and make Anchorage their home. Visit

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