Spearheaded by Metro EDGE, a program of the Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation, the Emerge Summit is a collaborative effort of regional organizations committed to supporting young professionals and their growth in the community. Hundreds of young professionals will attend a virtual personal and professional development conference which includes a half day of inspirational speeches, educational breakout sessions, and opportunities to network with peers. This year’s theme #Elevate challenges Young Professionals to look at all aspects of their life career, community service, personal and professional relationships and find ways to #Elevate.
Metro EDGE continues to believe in the diversity and inclusion of all and is utilizing this year’s Emerge Summit as a platform to host conversations with community leaders and young professionals across the west coast. Even with this event at a distance, the Emerge Summit will bring young professionals a sense of belonging and are encouraged to work together to explore individual and community needs.
During the morning, young professionals will participate in educational breakout sessions through online chat rooms. Each attendee will receive an experience swag bag with goodies from local businesses to use for networking opportunities throughout the event.
Marianna Sousa is a non-traditional educator, author and multimedia journalist with a passion for creating impact through “edutainment”. A graduate from The Maynard Institute for Journalism Sacramento Voices program and the NPR Next Generation Radio Training project at Capital Public Radio, through multimedia storytelling, she serves as a community correspondent focused on wellness and building healthy lifestyles. As an educator, she teaches personal and professional development through the scope of community leadership and activism. Her publication, Own Your Shit, a trauma healing workbook, has been featured nationally on college campuses as well as organizations and news media outlets that believe in providing equity and social healing. As a certified Mental Health First Aider through the National Council for Behavioral Health, she’s a consultant, workshop and training facilitator with an emphasis on public health and safety through culturally responsive pedagogy for the home, school, neighborhood and workplace.