Weekly Update from YPN

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Weekly Update from YPN

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Young Professionals Network Muscatine
Weekly Update

July 28, 2016  




Third Thursday Recap!


July’s Third Thursday happened to be on the hottest day of the year. Despite this, a brave group of YPN Muscatine members met at the Muscatine Municipal Golf Course to Network and hit some golf balls on the range.

We also collected school supplies to donate to Franklin Elementary School.  Thanks to all of the YP’s who donated!



Lunch and Learn Recap!

YPN was fortunate to have Michel Pontarelli, former career coach and councilor for the University of Iowa’s part time MBA program, run us through the negotiation experience.  

Our summer Lunch & Learn about salary negotiation was full of great tips and situational practice for getting what you are worth.

Remember that an offer from a company is much more than salary. Vacation time, healthcare benefits, retirement benefits, and much more are all negotiable!

We also were able to munch on some awesome tacos from Mami’s, which may need to be included in our next negotiations!



Member Spotlight: Cody Austin      



Hometown: Muscatine, IA

Other places you’ve lived: West Los Angeles, California


Position: Assistant Manager of the Wine and Spirits Department.

Favorite Local Restaurant: Boonies on the Avenue

Previous Employer/Positions or General Overview of Experience:
Wine Nutz/Boonies, 2015 Best Bartender in Muscatine

Bachelors in Business Administration from Grandview University

What do you like to do for fun? I like to spend time with Monica and the boys, I also enjoy golfing and long walks on the beach.

Why did you join YPN? I joined YPN to network and also to get involved in the community.


What is your favorite YPN event? I have only been to two events so far but I really enjoyed the event at Contrary, and the beer was a plus.


  Membership Deals!


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Job Opportunities


Big Bro Big Sis logo

Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for a Match Support Specialist

to add to our team.  If you are passionate about youth and improving the lives of others then this might be just what you are looking for!

Match Support Specialists are responsible for helping the relationships between our volunteers and youth blossom, providing guidance, support and coaching while always keeping child safety top of mind.  We are looking for an enthusiastic, customer focused individual, preferable with

a BA in social work or related field.

This is a 20 hour a week position, flexible work schedule that does require some evenings and periodic weekends.

To see a full job description visit:


Send cover letter and resume to Lindsey Phillips at Big Brothers Big Sisters, 1823 Logan Street, Muscatine, IA 52761 or  gro.YenitacsuMnull@spillihpl.



Website Update


Have you been on our website lately? Did you feel like a stranger? Did you even know we had a website? Our website has changed! We hope that you can get more out of our new website, still at ypnmuscatine.org. Soon the weekly updates and much more will be available on our updated site, but we would like your help first. Is there something you would like to see on our website? Let us know by emailing moc.semoHlhuRnull@reinuMhteS!



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Leadership Council
Immediate Past Chair
Stephanie Little,
Social Committee Chair
Lindsey Phillips,
Community & Professional Development Chair
Dena Ferreira
Membership Committee Chair
Jenna Hackett,

Jodi Hansen,  

GMCCI Liaison


“The Young Professionals Network is a personal and professional development organization designed to allow members to interact socially, exchange ideas, share common interests, and build a better Muscatine community.” 
YPN Muscatine, 102 Walnut Street, Muscatine, IA 52761
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