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June 2011 YP Connections: YP Profile

Lonnie Michael, Jr.

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Name: Lonnie Michael, Jr.

Company: INFOGROUP

Title: Quality Assurance Manager
 

WHAT ORGANIZATIONS ARE YOU INVOLVED IN? Greater Omaha Young Professionals Board of Directors, Partnership for our Kids Winners Circle Mentor, GOYP Inclusion Subcommittee, Annette Michael Scholarship Committee, Salem Church Multimedia Ministry Leader

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO GET INVOLVED WITH THESE ORGANIZATIONS? My parents shared with me the importance of personal responsibility in making your community better for the next generation. What started as constant thinking about how to get involved shifted into action, as I felt a strong sense of personal and civic responsibility to have an impact in my community. I joined the Greater Omaha Young Professionals Board more than a year ago because I would have an opportunity to impact change for the next generation of leaders in our city. My first opportunity to make an impact came with joining the Greater Omaha Young Professionals Inclusion Subcommittee. In an effort to foster a more diverse and inclusive community for young professionals, we created an Inclusivity Survey being taken by YPs and members of numerous organizations around Omaha. This year our group will use the survey results to facilitate an open dialogue on inclusion and diversity amongst Omaha young professionals. Just as important, mentoring and my involvement at Salem have enabled me to interact with some of the brightest and most talented future leaders of our community. Young minds are very impressionable and as Young Professionals we have a responsibility to lay a solid foundation for those who will build the future of this city.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING INVOLVED? Being involved allows you to influence others to create positive change, appreciate what others bring to the table, network and create new friendships and the opportunity to make your mark on the future of our city. Each time I meet a fellow YP, I walk away having learned something that grows me in a certain area of my life. I’ve been given the honor of being Vice Chair for the 2012 Young Professional Summit. That is a testament that the opportunities in Omaha to get involved and grow are infinite.


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