Our mission is to bring together young, emerging, & rising professionals and foster connections in the Upper Valley.
Upper Valley Young Professionals (UVYP) is an advisory steering committee of Upper Valley Business Alliance. The steering committee consists of young professionals living in the Upper Valley who volunteer their time to create a community for other young professionals. Serving as a UVYP steering committee member is an opportunity for young people to flex their leadership muscles, and expand their network in the Upper Valley. It has also proved to be a springboard onto other board and leadership positions in the Upper Valley, including: Leadership Upper Valley, Leadership NH, and Vital Communities.
If you are interested in joining UVYP’s Steering Committee, please submit an application here. We are continuously looking to expand our network and find ways to get our members involved!
Benefits of joining the committee include networking with local businesses, shaping the future of the organization, resume building and ultimately, thinking globally and acting locally.
Emerson Gale received his Masters Degree in Ecopsychology and Musical Empowerment through the California Institute of Integral Studies. He teaches joy-based music and outdoor education both privately and with various organizations and schools in the Upper Valley. Emerson offers Music Theory & Composition at The Sharon Academy as well as violin/fiddle and piano lessons for Upper Valley Waldorf School students. He also gives ukulele, cello and percussion instruction through the Seven Stars Arts Center, where he serves on the Board of Directors. Emerson also performs Scottish and Québécois fiddling for local private and public events.
He previously served as the Camp Director of Camp Greenwoods in Hangzhou, China, which he co-founded as one of the first international youth camps in that country. Emerson has also facilitated for The Experiment In International Living, City Year London, Bay Area Wilderness Training, and Raven’s Wood Outdoor School. He currently serves as the Chair of the Upper Valley Young Professionals. You can also find him hiking, speaking Mandarin Chinese, and playing with the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra. To learn more, visit: https://www.emersongale.com/
Strategic Initiatives & Professional Development Chair
Community Outreach & Sponsorship Chair
Public Relations Chair
Colby Hemond works as a Software Development Consultant, currently on project with Auto-Owners Insurance. He also owns and operates Colby Hemond Website Development, developing custom websites that establish digital footprints and increase business value for small businesses.
In 2019, he served as the Vice President of Public Relations for Cherry Capital Toastmasters Club in Traverse City, Michigan. During that time, he established the club’s web presence and updated the club branding to meet Toastmasters International’s brand standards. He received his Bachelors in Business Information Systems from Central Michigan University in 2014.
He is excited to serve as the Public Relations Chair (PRC) for the Upper Valley Young Professionals, where his goals are to: (1) Update the organization’s logo and establish branding guidelines for future PRCs to use and protect, (2) Update the existing website to increase search engine optimization in order to increase the UVYP’s web presence, and (3) to increase promotion and marketing efficiency through integrations and automation.
Upper Valley Young Professionals
PO Box 699 • Hanover, NH • 03755
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