You joined YPC. You led in YPC. You went through GDMLI. Perhaps you’ve been honored as a Forty Under 40. You advanced in your career at an early age, were identified as an up-and-coming leader, had chances to lead, and felt you were on the right path.

Then the path became less marked, less clear. Now you’re no longer a “Young Professional,” and more and more, you find yourself floating in a void, wondering if you’re still on the right path and feeling like you are missing... something. You aren’t alone in wondering “what’s next?”

There’s a growing sentiment percolating among many mid-career professionals that are post-young professional but aren’t yet in C-level positions and won’t be still for some time. This group of “On Deck” leaders is seeking more community responsibility, more chances to grow and lead, and seats at the table currently populated by Boomer-aged business and civic leaders. 

Our goal is to have a conversation that builds awareness and understanding of this complex, multi-faceted issue, identify possible barriers this group faces, explore possible solutions and address questions such as:

- What is it exactly that this group feels is missing?
- What comes after YPC on the path to the C-Suite?
- How do we keep On Deck players engaged in the community?
- What barriers are preventing this group from contributing and feeling fulfilled?
- How can the community continue to support and grow future leaders during these so-called “gap years?”
- Should we as a community create a structured organization or path for this “On Deck” group and what would that look like?

Networking & registration
Panel Discussion
Table Discussion/Reports
Networking reception

3:30 - 4:00 PM
4:00 - 4:50 PM
4:50 - 5:30 PM
5:30 - 6:00 PM


Joe Benesh

Senior architect
Shive-Hattery

Mike Banasiak

Certified financial planner
Legacy Financial Group

Emily Abbas

Chief Marketing Officer
Bankers Trust Co.


Megan Ruble

Team leader of large group
account management
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield