Monmouth Regional Chamber Young Professionals Group inspires positivity, teamwork and leadership


RED BANK, NJ – “Back to the Future” was the theme of the 2022 Leadership Summit hosted by the Young Professionals Group of the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, where attendees – including emerging and established professionals – were inspired by speakers from various backgrounds. areas who discussed how they overcame the challenges of COVID and succeeded.

Held this year on March 25 at NJCU @ Fort Monmouth, the annual event is designed to provide valuable networking opportunities, unique insights and helpful coaching from community professionals who have risen through the ranks during their career. This year’s Leadership Summit featured a panel of diverse industry leaders who gave candid presentations on how they handled the impact of the pandemic and guided their businesses and organizations towards a successful future. Two breakout sessions featured additional motivational speakers who offered their secrets to success.

In a nod to how event planning has had to adapt in recent years – and thanks to the audio-visual capabilities of the NJCU @ Fort Monmouth venue – the Monmouth Regional Chamber was able to bring the event to both in-person and virtual participants, extending its reach to an even wider audience in three states. This year’s keynote speakers included:

Rob Kash, co-owner of the Great Restaurants NJ group, including popular restaurants Metropolitan Café, tre, Nonna’s and Rosalita’s, who spoke about how he keeps his staff positivity and restaurant service

Frances Keane, Director of Human Resources at CentraState Healthcare System, who shared how she led her team of medical service providers during the pandemic

Dawn Malinowski, owner of SocialTrend Marketing Solutions, who spoke about the challenges of being a small business owner and ways to incorporate social media insights into your business

Dr. Michael Edmondson, Acting Principal of New Jersey City University (NJCU) in Fort Monmouth, Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Dean of Professional Education and Lifelong Learning at NJCU, who discussed teamwork and the creation of the NJCU satellite campus

· Cliff Moore, owner of The Brand of Me v2.0, who provided information on integrating positivity into your professional and personal life

MRCC Young Professionals Group Co-Chair, Kathrine Dwyer, said, “For the second year in a row, I am grateful to have the opportunity to organize an event that has not been held for a few years and to bring it to life. revise to make it an educational forum, providing the opportunity for sponsorships and collaboration between members, prospective members, students and the community at large! Our goal was to make it a huge success, as it was one of the first hybrid events organized by the MRCC.

The success of the 2022 Leadership Summit was made possible through the support of attendees and the generosity of event sponsors, including NJCU New Jersey City University: Dean Edmondson & Michelle DelVecchio; Business Improvement Services + Training: Sherilyn Przelomski; and Unique Holidays: Jaclyn Patterson. Additional funding came from daily social media sponsorships that were made in the days leading up to the Leadership Summit through its unique March Madness campaign.

For more information about the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, including Young Professionals Group’s exciting Business and Baseball event on June 2 and the entertaining Caring with Karaoke fundraiser on September 14, visit https://www.

About the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group

The Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group (MRCC YPG) is made up of dedicated, energetic and involved individuals aged 40 and under who support the chamber and Monmouth County. The YPG provides its members with educational, leadership and networking opportunities to grow personally and professionally. It is open to members of the chamber at no additional cost and welcomes new members interested in connecting with young talent, supporting chamber initiatives and contributing to the good of the community.

In addition to the annual Leadership Summit, MRCC’s YPG events and activities include monthly get-togethers that provide unique opportunities to network and learn from other local young professionals, as well as a chance to spotlight their business or their employer; Caring with Karaoke, the group’s flagship annual event where members select a Monmouth County non-profit organization to receive a portion of event proceeds while gaining valuable experience in professional development, project planning events and community service; and the annual Softball Tournament, a fun networking event where chamber members and local businesses create new, lasting business relationships while participating in a friendly game of ball.

To learn more about the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Group, visit


Back row, left to right: Cliff Moore, Sherilyn Przelomski, MRCC President, Kathrine Dwyer, MRCC Young Professionals Group Co-Chair, Tara Demyanovich, MRCC Vice President, and Dr. Michael Edmondson; front row, left to right: Frances Keane, Rob Kash and Dawn Malinowski

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