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It was a great year for Young Professionals of LAGCOE (YPL). The energy industry young professionals’ organization remains committed to connecting and growing the next generation of energy industry leaders, despite the downturn of the oil and gas industry.
Industry professionals benefited from events focused on networking and career development throughout 2017.
Programming began with an after-hours networking event, featuring a panel of area young professionals. The panel discussed the importance of civic citizenship and the impact it has on the energy industry and how it plays a role in professional development.
The LAGCOE Sporting Clays shoot returned, offering participants the opportunity to network and enjoy the company of others in the energy industry, as well as raise money for the LAGCOE Education Fund. Other notable events included the Young Professionals of LAGCOE Invitational Golf Tournament, a “Coffee with LAGCOE Looey” event which connected an elite group of members to LAGCOE Looey 2017, Don Briggs, and several pop-up networking events during LAGCOE 2017 which gave YPL members the opportunity to network with industry executives.
“Networking, career development, and education for all ages are always important components to long-term industry sustainability. With the industry making moves towards cautious optimism, LAGCOE events and programs will create opportunities for business growth,” stated Angela Cring, LAGCOE Executive Director.
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With LAGCOE efforts focused on long-term workforce development and education, 2018 promises to be an even more beneficial year for YPL members with many great events already planned, including a new cycle of the Young Professionals of LAGCOE Mentor Program, which has been successful in connecting countless mentor/mentee pairs and facilitating the important conversations that need to be happening to ensure a pipeline of prepared, qualified oil and gas senior and executive leaders. Mentor Program events will be scheduled quarterly, providing mentor/mentee pairs the opportunity to network as a group, in addition to smaller meetings.
The annual LAGCOE Sporting Clays Shoot is returning Feb. 24. The shoot will feature two flights and a European Style Rotation. Profits from the 5th annual LAGCOE Sporting Clays Shoot will be donated to the LAGCOE Education Fund, a fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana. Registration will open soon. Additional information can be found at LAGCOE.com/events/lagcoe-sporting-clays.
Continuing the tradition of industry networking, the Young Professionals of LAGCOE Invitational Golf Tournament will be held in Spring 2018. More details will be announced on LAGCOE.com.
YPL is excited to host a variety of networking events at different times throughout the day, including breakfast, lunch and after-hours events, to accommodate a multitude of scheduling needs. Family-friendly events are also on this year’s programming slate, so as to connect people, creating a true community within the energy industry.
“This year, we have planned quality events that will bring true value to our members,” said YPL Chairman, Justin Courville, P.E. MBA. “Our focus is on connecting people within the LAGCOE community and truly fostering commerce and business development. I am extremely excited about the revival of our networking events and the massive, multi day, young professionals summit that is planned for October. We will have plenty of opportunities for members to get involved, learn something, and build lasting relationships along the way.”
Young professionals with ties to the energy industry are invited to join YPL for $50 per year to take full advantage of special pricing for many of these great events as well as access to industry networking, service and career development functions. The membership application can be found at LAGCOE.com/youngprofessionals.
Lauren Rabalais is marketing coordinator for LAGCOE, an energy industry nonprofit organization focused on educational programs and a technical exposition & conference, held biennially in October at the Cajundome & Convention Center.
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