The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 23, 2013

Young Professionals Network announces open enrollment for Leadership League

From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Network will hold open enrollment for its Leadership League mentoring program beginning todayJune 24 and running through Sunday.

Heather Arnold, Leadership League chairwoman, said the program is open to all YPN members and is free.

Participants meet sometimes weekly and sometimes monthly with mentors who will guide them professionally and personally, she said.

“It’s basically a coach,” she said.

This session, mentors include David Starrett, The Medicine Shoppe; Vicky Mieseler, Ozark Center; John Hipple, Sign Designs; Dan Stanley, Edward Jones; Gary Duncan, retired CEO of Freeman Health System; Peggy Fuller, Southwest Missouri Bank; Troy Richards, Joplin Building Material Co.; and Nancy Good, The Title Place.

“They meet with one of these seasoned professionals and go over issues they might be having ... or they may just have questions about their careers,” Arnold said.

This is the third year for the program, and Arnold said she has been meeting with Stanley, who has helped her with networking as well as serving as a resource when she has questions.

YPN members who are interested may go to to choose a coach and sign up for a team.


THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORK of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsored by Commerce Bank and is open to employees, business owners and entrepreneurs. It is open to people between the ages of 21 and 40. Information: