MMG Insurance and the University of Maine at Presque Isle are pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the Young Professionals Institute.


YPI has provided area professionals with impactful leadership development training for more than a decade. The Institute, facilitated by UMPI’s Employer U program, will run this year on Wednesdays from February 28 to April 11. The online nomination/application form is available at The nomination deadline is Monday, Jan. 29.

The Institute provides area employees with a one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity—a 7-week short course designed specifically for emerging leaders looking to refine the skills that will bring them long-term success in their careers. Participants hone their professional skills through hands-on activities, on-the-spot public speaking assignments, and business simulation exercises. Along the way, participants will visit a local business to complete on-site assignments and hear presentations by embedded guests from the public and private sectors. The Institute culminates in a showcase presentation before area business and community leaders and YPI graduates.

The theme of this year’s Institute is 21st Century Leadership, which will focus on the mindset and skills needed to lead purposefully and effectively in the modern workplace. Each week, YPI participants will explore a new leadership trait, ranging from self leadership and emotional intelligence to resilience and circular vision. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of these important leadership skills and how to utilize them to advance the needs and goals of their organization.

The Institute is presented by UMPI and MMG Insurance and is supported by Cary Medical Center, Katahdin Trust Company, and TAMC. It will be facilitated by UMPI’s Employer U program, with help from several local business and community leaders, and graduates of past Young Professionals Institutes.

As it does every year, YPI will present sessions that focus on the skills employers look for most in prospective employees and candidates for advancement. Participants will work together to tackle new assignments each week focused on these skills areas.

There are only 16 seats available for YPI 11. Professionals interested in taking the course must submit their names for nomination or have their business employer nominate them. The nomination deadline is Monday, Jan. 29. Selections will be announced Wednesday, Jan. 31. A $225 registration fee, paid by course participants or their business sponsors, is due by Monday, Feb. 19.

Most sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. in the MMG Center for Professional Development, located in UMPI’s Campus Center. However, class time will be expanded from 3:30-7 p.m. during an extended session on March 28.

For more information about the short course, which is not being offered for academic credit, please visit or contact Jones at (207) 768-2928 or

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