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  • The DRIVE Experience


    DRIVE – Developing & Retaining Individuals with Vision & Energy – is one of the premiere groups for young professionals in the MSP region. Designed for those under 40, DRIVE informs, engages and connects individuals from all businesses and backgrounds at dozens of events throughout the year. DRIVE has been a MPLS Regional Chamber program for the last 13 years as part of its investment in the regional workforce. 


    The current DRIVE board represents a cross-section of all MSP industries including law, hospitality, finance and the non-profit sector. These individuals are dedicated to the future of the region and guide the DRIVE program content, ensuring that attendees have a valuable experience. Organizations that encourage young professionals to attend DRIVE events recognize, as does the Chamber, that retaining and growing MSP’s burgeoning young workforce is critical. 


    The MPLS Regional Chamber produces a variety of events for the DRIVE Emerging Leaders program which are designed to provide attendees with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of issues facing the region, establish meaningful business relationships and build connections to the greater community. 


    • DRIVE Roundtable Breakfasts occur monthly. Each event focuses on a particular issue and includes comments from a regional subject matter expert or business leader followed by a discussion. Attendees have the opportunity to build relationships during the pre-event function as well as in small groups during breakfast. The event attracts a diverse group of 60 to 75 individuals.


    New this year! The season pass can be purchased anytime during the year and provides you with admission to all DRIVE Roundtables at a discounted ticket price. Click here to learn more and register. 


    • DRIVE Socials happen four to six times each year at a variety of locations throughout the metro providing casual and accessible after hour networking. These events are often hosted in partnership with another young professionals group creating additional relationship building opportunities. 


    • Leadership Lunches are hosted by the Chamber twice a year for the DRIVE young professionals. These mid-day events feature highly regarded guest speakers and panelists in MSP with the goal of providing insights, advice and inspiration for those in their early to mid-career. 




    DRIVE Board of Directors

    The DRIVE Board of Directors actively works to create valuable, low-cost programs, increase event participation, and promote the efforts of DRIVE. DRIVE would like to thank our 2017 Advisory Committee:


    Lindsey Day
    Gray Plant Mooty
    Whitney Gale
    Cara Irish Pubs
    Ben Hering
    Minnesota Credit Union Network
    Sam Holsen
    Xcel Energy
    Molly Horsch
    Schechter Dokken Kanter CPAs
    Cory Johnson
    Josette Kauffeld
    Alex Mensing
    Be The Match
    Dillon Schwindt
    Greater Twin Cities United Way
    Aalok Sharma
    Stinson Leonard Street LLP
    Jessica Stone
    Cara Irish Pubs




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    81 South Ninth Street, Suite 200
    Minneapolis, MN 55402 
    Phone: (612) 370-9100
    Fax: (612) 370-9195