YPN Skills Accelerator [VIRTUAL]

Join us for the YPN Skills Accelerator - Know Your Value. Learn strategies for navigating critical conversations in the workplace.


DATE: July 27, 2021

TIME: 12 - 1 p.m.

COST: $20 members

            $25 non-members


What is the Young Professionals Network?

The Lancaster Chamber’s YPN (Young Professionals Network) program offers career and professional development for a community of young professionals (YPs) across Lancaster County interested in expanding their network, increasing leadership capacity, and enhancing community knowledge for success in the workplace.

Here’s what to expect!

Throughout our careers, we encounter the need to engage in critical conversations with our supervisor and colleagues. From a promotion to professional development opportunities or a less-than-ideal performance evaluation, approaching your supervisor for a conversation may feel overwhelming or intimidating.

Navigating difficult conversations in the workplace requires a level of vulnerability and relationship-building. As an employee, you should feel equipped, empowered, and confident when making asks, discussing performance, or communicating with your supervisor about their management style.

Join us for our upcoming Young Professionals Network (YPN) Skills Accelerator and hear from four local business professionals about successful approaches and effective strategies to navigating difficult conversations in the workplace. When you understand your value as an employee, you can craft your conversations for success!

The session will conclude with a moderated Q&A with our panelists.


  • Understand your value as an employee and identify barriers to initiating critical conversations in the workplace
  • Learn successful approaches to addressing topics such as advancement, professional development opportunities, and performance
  • Understand ways to assess your supervisor’s communication style
  • Discuss effective strategies to navigate critical conversations in the workplace


  • Dr. Katie Sandoe, Head of Communications and Public Affairs, LCSWMA
  • John McCormick. General Manager, StructureCare
  • Deb St. Onge, Director of New Choices Career Development Program, YWCA Lancaster
  • Beth Lovell, Consultant, Samaritan Business Consulting

Meet the Panelists:

Dr. Kathryn (Katie) Sandoe, Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA), is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and educator. For over 20 years, she has been a local trailblazer in the communications, public relations, and education disciplines. Katie is also a writer, speaker, and facilitates workshops on purpose discovery, social impact, media mastery, personal leadership, and adult learning. When she is not wearing her leader, teacher, or servant hats, you can find Katie running while listening to podcasts, chasing after the best tacos in town, or watching football with her best friend (husband) and their adorable Australian Labradoodle… and often in that exact order.

John McCormick, General Manager for StructureCare, is responsible for the strategy, structure, culture, and financial outcomes of High’s StructureCare business. Prior to his current role, John worked with The High Companies as Group Controller and has extensive experience in the realm of financial strategy, reporting, and analytics. John earned his BS in Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh.  He earned his MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Pittsburgh, Katz School of Business and later Lean Six Sigma Certification from the University of Michigan.

Deb St. Onge is the Director of New Choices Career Development Program, a statewide workforce development program funded by the Department of Labor and Industry and sponsored by the YWCA Lancaster.  New Choices offers classes and individual services to help people in transition personally, professionally, or both. Deb provides a holistic approach to helps clients zoom in on strengths and focus on the areas that are challenging, she guides client in developing a personal toolbox.  She believes knowing how to deal with internal and external obstacles and challenges is essential in achieving goals. Her mission is to empower others to find joy in a career that will help them live a fulfilled life. Deb holds a BA is Education from York College of Pennsylvania.

Beth A. Lovell, a consultant with Samaritan Business Consulting and founder of Employment Issues, has been a Human Resources Manager and Consultant for small sized businesses for over 20 years; and a resume writer and employment consultant for over 15 years.  By blending the two skill sets she stays informed on current practices and keeps on top of the ever-changing human resources issues.

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7/27/2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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