ProDev Day Recap

Entrepreneurs, freelancers, students, CEOs and everyone in between – the first ever ProDev Day had it all. ProDev, an extension of Young Professionals of Seattle, has been around for a couple of years now – hosting educational chats and panel events featuring industry leaders of the Pacific Northwest. ProDev Day was conceived as part of a new YPOS and ATLAS Workbase partnership, announced earlier this year, and didn’t disappoint.

Early morning attendee checking in to the first ever ProDev Day.

Doors opened at 7am and people filed in at their leisure, anticipating a unique opportunity to connect and learn. The first half of the day attendees settled, working side-by-side, throughout the award winning ATLAS Workbase coworking space.

Serial networkers, freelancers and those who took a work-from-home day scattered throughout.

The second half of ProDev Day kicked off with a lunchtime break out session, lead by Jamie Shindler (pictured below, in blue).  Conversations focused on networking strategies, how to find relevant networking events in a market flooded with options, and best practices around following up with a new contact.

Jamie Shindler leads the brown bag round table conversation on networking etiquette.
Evergreens Salad provided hunger relief during the lunchtime breakout sessions.
New-to-the-city Seattleites discuss their experiences settling into a new environment.

Angel investors, career coaches, marketers and city influences dedicated time, during the Open Office Hours slot that followed lunch.  ProDev Day attendees had a chance to connect, and speak one-on-one, with mentors on topics relevant to their respective fields of interests. 

ProDev Day Office Hour was buzzing with conversation.
One-on-one and one-on-many conversations on business building and career development during the Open Offices Hour.

The day wrapped up with a happy hour, powered by ATLAS and Redhook Brewlab, and (in typical ProDev fashion), a Fireside Chat.  Nick Hughes, CEO of Founders Live lead a conversation with Bryan Rutberg, Principal of 3C Comms about finding mentorship and becoming a more effective leader.  

David Adam Hurst, Director of Business Development at ATLAS Workbase, introduces Bryan Rutberg and Nick Hughes at the ProDev Day Fireside chat.
Happy hour conversations, powered by Redhook Brewlab.
A captivated audience engages in Q&A session.

Keep an eye on the ProDev website for future events, including ProDev Day v2. 

Ahmad Corner

Ahmad Corner

Founder at YPGroup
Ahmad is the founder of YPGroup and Young Professionals of Seattle, Director of Biz Dev at Techstars Seattle Startup Week and advises early stage businesses on growth and user acquisition. A Seattle native and current resident, you can likely find him snowboarding, wake surfing (less likely) or eating somewhere (more likely). "Go Dawgs!"
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