As a part of the Chamber Resort Association, YPN provides its members the chance to learn, explore, and have fun in a variety of ways. From volunteer opportunities, to leadership development seminars, to social gatherings.
Supporting and connecting young professionals of Steamboat Springs as they progress in community leadership.
Lead: Support the future navigators of the Steamboat Springs community.
Connect: Foster relationships among young professionals in order to share ideas and opportunities.
Volunteer: Encourage philanthropy within the community through volunteer opportunities.
Grow: Promote personal and professional development through informative and motivating events and tools.
Benefits of YPN Membership
- Ability to participate in YPN seminars, monthly events, workshops, etc.
- Access to YPN only monthly events with engaging speakers, exciting activities, and networking in a social environment.
- Discounted pricing for Chamber events (Economic Summit, networking events, educational events, etc.)
- Support the growth and development of a young professionals program in Steamboat Springs.
- Involvement in a group that strives to bring awareness to the importance of young professionals and their ability to impact economic growth in the Yampa Valley.
For questions about membership contact Anna Bridger, (970) 875-7004.
Member of the Month - Audrey Dwyer
Each month a Steamboat Springs young professional is highlighted on the website and in the YPN newsletter. We couldn't choose between two of them, so this month we have two members of the month. See the past young professional members of the month.
Audience Development Manager at the Steamboat Pilot & Today
Place of birth
Altoona, Iowa and grew up in Muscatine, Iowa
Did you go to college?
University of Iowa for Journalism and Mass Communications
What brought you to Steamboat?
I've been coming out here for about 12 years now with my family. I grew up skiing the Champagne Powder and hiking all through the Yampa Valley -- especially the Flat Tops! What brought me out here permanently though, was my job as the arts and entertainment reporter with the newspaper. It's all about timing and who you know!
What has been your favorite YPN event?
I would have to say the YPN Suds N Grub (ed. Note: now called the Octoberwest Beer Stroll) fundraiser event. I remember when I first moved to Steamboat Springs, this was the one event where I met so many young professionals in town. Not only was it a great networking event, I was able to meet a variety of business and restaurant owners and also had a chance to try samplings along the way.
What is the biggest risk you have taken recently?
I love trying new things and pushing my limits to new heights -- whether that be in my new role at the paper or climbing up a new route at 14,000 ft. Recently, I would have to say the biggest risk I've taken, was this new job. It's been something that is completely different than editorial, what I had been doing the past four years.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be the next Beezie Madden (no relation to Steve Madden) I grew up horseback riding and got into show jumping in middle school. Let's just say, it's quite an expensive sport to compete in the same ring as Beezie Madden. Maybe someday....
Where do you hope to be in ten years?
In ten years I hope to still be in the newspaper industry, whether that's here or somewhere else in Colorado. I love working for a local newspaper that features your neighbor, that personin line behind you at the grocery store, your niece/nephew, etc. Everyone knows everyone and I love how this job has introduced me to so many inspiring people who live right here in Steamboat Springs!
Who has inspired you or been a role model in your life?
My mom and dad are the ones who taught me my work ethic and inspired me to pursue my passion. I wouldn't be where I am today without them. I would also like to say Lisa Schlichtman. Ever since I first started working at the newspaper, I've continually been inspired by her work ethic, passion and dedication to journalism. No matter the criticism or challenges that come her way, she always shows up to work with a smile. She was a great boss to work for the past few years and I'm thankful to still be working with her and the rest of the news team.
What's your favorite summer activity to do in Steamboat?
Aside from hiking throughout the Zirkels and the Flat Tops Wilderness areas, I would have to say rock climbing. I'm still learning a lot, but it's a great activity that can truly push you to your limits!
What three things do you want people to know about you?
1.) I spent a year in Varberg, Sweden and am fluent in Swedish.
2.) You could say I'm a "people-person." I love meeting new people and always curious to learn someone's story.
3.) My favorite stories I've done for the Steamboat Pilot & Today include: flying with the International World Aerobatic Champion, Dagmar Kress in her biplane for the Wild West Air Fest, Fly Fishing or doing a multipitch trad climb for a story and interviewing people like Ziggy Marley, Paula McLain, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Kyle Hollingsworth and many more.
Ski or Snowboard?
Just ask Jess and the other bartenders at Salt N' Lime, this is my favorite bar/ restaurant and you can find me there often.
Favorite ice cream?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!
Favorite thing to do during mud season?
Hiking, climbing and canyoneering in Zion National Park!