Speaker Opportunities

Information for NEXT Members:

One of our main goals in NEXT is to provide a qualified and engaging speaker at each of our membership meetings.  We strive to bring in well-known community leaders to are experts in their field.


Past Speakers Include:

Brent Kelly                            CEO, BizzGrizz

Brian Huonker                      Marketing Analyst, State Farm

Mayor Tari Renner              Mayor, City of Bloomington

Alan Sender                         COO, Chestnut Health Systems

Julie Kubsch                         Owner, Specs Around Town

Gina Mandros                      Community President, Easter Seals

Greg Cook                            GM, Great Plains Media

Carlo Robustelli                   Development Director, WGLT & McLean County Board

Jack Bataoel                         Realtor & Business Owner

Scott Black                            AFNI & Bloomington City Council

Jamie Mathy                         Entrepreneur & Business Owner

R.C. McBride                        GLT Interim Manager, Normal City Council



Information for interested speakers:

A valuable component of our monthly meetings involves our speakers.  One benefit of being part of the NEXT Professionals is the opportunity to engage in dialogue monthly with key leaders in our community through presentations on selected topics that are most relevant to young professionals.  NEXT Professionals seek out opportunities to grow in their personal and professional lives, which is a key result of such programming.


Past topics include:

  • Community Involvement
  • Sales & Network Training
  • Entrepreneurship:  Pursuing your passion
  • Financial Management
  • Civic Engagement
  • Leadership
  • Tourism and Community Trends
  • Social Media


How you can help:  We invite you to please consider presenting to the NEXT Professionals at one of our monthly meetings.  We are constantly seeking vibrant speakers who can engage our membership on a variety of topics that are relevant to their personal and professional success.  Our meetings are the last Tuesday of each month with our speaker presenting from 12:10pm – 1:00pm.  If you are interested and would like further information, please contact our Program Chair, Liz Larson.