CCYP Sees Large Turnout at 4th Annual Shape Your Cape Summit

Tim Dunn/

FALMOUTH – Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP) saw a large turnout on Thursday at the fourth Annual Shape Your Cape Summit.

The one-day conference for Cape-based young professionals sold out this year, as attendees participated in interactive panel discussions and workshops aimed at personal and professional growth, community engagement and public policy.

“We’re really focusing on taking the conversation from framing up what’s happening here on Cape Cod to what individual attendees in our region can do to move forward as a community,” said CCYP CEO Lauren Barker. 

“So, we have some really fantastic conversations happening here today, lots of action oriented in each sessions, wonderful speakers, and it’s just a great day all around.”

The event offered attendees three all-conference sessions and nine educational sessions throughout the day, including a workshop on “Critical Career Conversations,” a panel discussion on the state of entrepreneurship on Cape Cod, and a Housing Advocacy Training in partnership with the Community Development Partnership (CDP), Housing Assitance Corporation, and Nexus Werx.

“CCYP is really focused on promoting Cape Cod as a region where young people want to live and work, stay and raise a family, and launch their career,” Barker said.

“We’re really focused on talking about what is working here on the Cape and how we can try to reframe the conversation to emphasize what is already being done and what’s great about living and working here on Cape Cod. That’s a big focus for us right now.”

Roy Heffernan, owner and former Chief Operating “Optimist” (COO) of the iconic “Life is Good” brand provided the keynote speech of the summit.

Barker says the event saw large turnout this year.

“It’s more than last year. We’re at the sold out level for this year, so that’s fantastic. We’re very excited about that. Excellent turnout this year and lots of excited people,” she said.

The 2019 Shape Your Cape Summit was held at the Sea Crest Beach Hostel in Falmouth. The event was sponsored by Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank.

By TIM DUNN, News Center 

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