The Young Professionals Association of Greater Sudbury is run by a board of volunteers who dedicate their time to foster a culture of community engagement, networking and professional development to empower emerging leaders and young professionals in Greater Sudbury. We wanted to take some time to introduce you to each of our board members in our Meet our Board blog series! Today we are introducing you to Katelyn Grenko. Katelyn is currently the Director of Communications.
Describe what you do?
I’m the Marketing & Events Coordinator for the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce. I plan and organize all of the 40+ events we host throughout the year. My goal is to bring our chamber members relevant workshops, prime networking opportunities, the tools they need to succeed and updates from industry leaders and government officials on topical information of importance in the business community.
Was this the career you always envisioned for yourself? What inspired you?
I never really knew where the future would take me to be honest, but I did know I would need to do something that keeps me busy, in a fast paced environment and allows me to be creative. I love that every day is different from the last and I constantly get to meet new people.
Why did you decide to join the YPA and what do you hope to achieve while on the board?
I love to be involved in the community and I thought this would be a great fit for me. I want to help our board bring likeminded individuals together to help them build new friendships, create new business opportunities, improve their skills or get some information they need on specific topics. I can envision a lot of really great initiatives and future YPA projects and I want to help bring that to a reality for our community and membership. I think people will continue to see the value associated with being a member of the YPA and I want to help them see that.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Stay inspired. If you have an idea you can’t stop thinking about it there’s probably a reason for it, listen to your intuition and find a way to bring it to life.
What’s your favourite activity to do in Sudbury?
Anything outdoors! I love kayaking on our beautiful lakes and rivers and going for walks through the woods.
Describe your perfect pizza.
Thin crust with green olives, pineapple and feta, the perfect salty and sweet combination!
What is your favourite 90s song?
Do I have to choose just one? I would have to say Third Eye Blind – Semi Charmed Life, Notorious B.I.G – Mo Money Mo Problems and Robyn – Show Me Love. I really could go on and on though…