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The DRIVE Experience
DRIVE – Developing & Retaining Individuals with Vision & Energy – is one of the premiere groups for young professionals in the MSP region. Designed for those under 40, DRIVE informs, engages and connects individuals from all businesses and backgrounds at dozens of events throughout the year. DRIVE has been a Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce program for the last 13 years as part of its investment in the regional workforce.
The current DRIVE board represents a cross-section of all MSP industries including law, hospitality, finance and the non-profit sector. These individuals are dedicated to the future of the region and guide the DRIVE program content, ensuring that attendees have a valuable experience. Organizations that encourage young professionals to attend DRIVE events recognize, as does the Chamber, that retaining and growing MSP’s burgeoning young workforce is critical.
The Minneapolis Regional Chamber produces a variety of events for the DRIVE Emerging Leaders program which are designed to provide attendees with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of issues facing the region, establish meaningful business relationships and build connections to the greater community.
• DRIVE Roundtable Breakfasts occur monthly. Each event focuses on a particular issue and includes comments from a regional subject matter expert or business leader followed by a discussion. Attendees have the opportunity to build relationships during the pre-event function as well as in small groups during breakfast. The event attracts a diverse group of 60 to 75 individuals.
• DRIVE Socials happen four to six times each year at a variety of locations throughout the metro providing casual and accessible after hour networking. These events are often hosted in partnership with another young professionals group creating additional relationship building opportunities.
• Leadership Lunches are hosted by the Chamber twice a year for the DRIVE young professionals. These mid-day events feature highly regarded guest speakers and panelists in MSP with the goal of providing insights, advice and inspiration for those in their early to mid-career.
DRIVE Advisory Committee
The DRIVE Advisory Committee of young leaders actively works to create valuable, low-cost programs, increase event participation, and promote the efforts of DRIVE. DRIVE would like to thank our 2017 Advisory Committee:Eric Anderson
RBC Wealth ManagementLindsey Day
Gray Plant MootyChristopher Ferguson
Bywater Business SolutionsWhitney Gale
Cara Irish PubsBen Hering
Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union
Schechter Dokken Kanter CPAs
RBC Wealth ManagementJason Noble
Wells FargoEvan Richardson
Schafer Richardson, Inc.Dillon Schwindt
Greater Twin Cities United WayAashay Shah
McKinsey & Company
Stinson Leonard Street LLPChris Stark
City of Saint PaulJessica Stone
Cara Irish PubsJosh Zuehlke
Coldwell Banker Burnet