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April 22, 2013

MSYP converging on Meridian

MERIDIAN —     An army of the brightest young professionals from all over the state are preparing to zero in on Meridian April 25 and 26 for the MSYP 2013 Summit.

    The summit, called "Rethink Mississippi: No Suits, No PowerPoints, No Bull," will held at the Mississippi State University Riley Center, located at 2200 Fifth Street in downtown Meridian. Registrations are still being taken. The cost to attend the MSYP 2013 Summit is $75 per person, which includes four meals, a t-shirt and admission to a social event on April 25. The social will include complimentary crawfish and beverages, sponsored by Mitchell Distributing, as well as live entertainment in downtown Meridian’s Dumont Plaza.

    Fredie Carmichael, MSYP chairman and MDA regional development manager, said the main goal of the MSYP is to engage young professionals in the state and get them involved in the future of Mississippi.

    "The Mississippi Economic Council’s Blueprint Mississippi report noted that for our state to succeed, we must change the perception that we will be exporting half of our young talent to other states,” said Carmichael. "We believe it is up to MSYP to help change that perception."

    MSYP hopes to show the best and brightest young people of Mississippi is worth a second look and realize the opportunities the state has to offer, while also using that momentum to recruit other young professionals to Mississippi.

    Speakers at the two-day event include Governor Phil Bryant, Peavey Electronics Founder and Chief Executive Officer Hartley Peavey, creative instigator and speaker Dyana Valentine, Civil Rights leader Roscoe Jones, Sr., young business owner Keyes Kennard of Mobile Solutions and Paromita Mitra, Miss Mississippi USA 2013. Topics to be covered include: Post It to Facebook, Let’s Go to Work, Innovation Can Happen in Mississippi, Never Say Never and LinkedIn(to) It. The event will also include networking opportunities.

    Mississippi Young Professionals serves to create a network that will connect, develop, empower and retain young professionals in Mississippi through community involvement, professional development and social interaction. MSYP’s 19-member board is comprised of business leaders in their 20s, 30s and 40s from each region of the state.

    “Several of my peers and colleagues have left Mississippi for various reasons," said Tray Hairston, MSYP board member and associate counsel and policy advisor for Governor Phil Bryant. "I feel like Mississippi needs me more than any other place on Earth. And at the end of the day, Mississippi has too far to go for our best and brightest to simply leave. Ultimately, I feel like I own a part of Mississippi, and there’s so much value in taking care of something that has taken such great care of me.”

    For more information on the summit and how to register go to

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