The YCP Conference, rescheduled from Fall 2020, will take place in person on April 30th - May 2nd, 2021. This event will be conducted following safety protocols recommended by health experts and the conference venue. For more information on these measures we invite you to visit the "Health & Safety" tab below.
April 30th-May 2nd, 2021
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|Saint Joseph: St. Joseph, our patron saint as workers, is known as the "Delight of the Saints." Do you want to be a saint? Well then come learn from the best of the best - St. Joseph!|
Three-Day Program: Join 300+ young professionals, religious, and Catholic executives from across the nation for a beautiful weekend of faith, professional development, & fun. Break away from the noise of the world and immerse yourself in the Wonders of St. Joseph.
Grow Your Network: Our speed networking session will accelerate your ability to connect with other attendees from around the country: from young attendees to priests & religious to seasoned Catholic executives.
|Prayer & the Sacraments: Allow daily Mass, Confession, Adoration, & sacred music to renew your Faith alongside our nationwide family of Catholics.|
|Invite Dialogue: Imagine an enriching conversation exploring one of St. Joseph’s virtues as it applies to your life. Small groups of about 4-5 young people will be led by 1 executive mentor to help guide the discussion.|
|Come Together: From socializing at happy hour to praying together at Mass, make professional connections & form authentic friendships within the atmosphere of our shared faith.|
|Complimentary Book: Receive a copy of Fr. Donald Calloway’s newest book, “The Consecration of St. Joseph”, where he reveals why “Now is the time of St. Joseph”!|
|Inspiring Role Models: Come learn from Dina Dwyer Owens, world-renowned business leader & CEO from CBS’s Emmy-winning reality show “Undercover Boss". This year's impressive and diverse array of speakers will equip you with practical tools for your journey.|
|Celebrate with Dancing: St. Joseph may be known as the “Silent Witness” but we’re convinced he still loved a good time. Come dance the night away at our Silent Disco dance party!|
|Omni Experience: Your conference experience will take place just a walk away from your hotel room. At the Omni Las Colinas you’ll enjoy beautiful waterfront views and amenities, some of Dallas’ top bars and restaurants within walking distance, and convenient access to both major airports.|
UPDATED 4/13/2021: An important note on masks: for the safety of our conference attendees YCP is requiring masks during segments of the conference weekend (notated below and in your conference program with an asterisk [*]). For conference segments without an asterisk YCP highly encourages (but does not require) attendees to wear masks. For more information visit the “Health and Safety” tab on this site.
* Denotes that masks are required during these conference sessions. At all other times masks are highly encouraged.
Friday, April 30th
Confession will be available throughout the weekend.
Conference Check-In*: 3:00 p.m.
Pick up your conference welcome package and event program to prepare for the exciting weekend ahead
Opening Mass*: 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate St. Joseph, “Delight of the Saints” and patron of the conference and YCP, in our opening Mass
Happy Hour & Visit our Sponsors: 5:00 p.m.
Grab a drink and meet some new YCP friends at our opening social
Keynote*: 6:00 p.m.
Dina Dwyer-Owens: “Spiritual Father”
Dinner Offsite: 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy a meal with a new friend. Get to know other members of the YCP community. Friday evening dinner is not included in your conference registration. Numerous options are available within walking distance or a few minutes by car
Saturday, May 1st
Mass*: 9:00 a.m.
Join all of YCP as we place ourselves in the protection of St. Joseph, the “Savior of the Savior”, in our Saturday Mass
Keynote*: 10:30 a.m.
Fr. Ken Geraci, CPM: “Just and Reverent Man”
Lunch: 12:00 p.m.
Enjoy the company of the YCP community over a provided lunch (dietary restriction options available)
Adoration & Rosary*: 1:00 p.m.
Imitate St. Joseph, “Adorer of Christ”, by spending time before the Blessed Sacrament. And what better way to pray the Rosary than under the patronage of St. Joseph, “Husband of Mary”?
Breakout Sessions*: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Grow your network, build relationships, dive into a virtue of St. Joseph, and share in captivating small group discussions led by experienced mentors during our interactive breakout sessions!
Evening Gala: 7:00-11:00 p.m.
Attend our elegant Gala dinner and dance the night away at our silent disco, all celebrating St. Joseph as “Silent Witness”. Dinner begins at 7:00 -- arrive at 6:00 for drinks with your conference friends
Sunday, May 2nd
Rosary*: 9:00 a.m.
Mass*: 9:30 a.m.
Reflect with us on our eternal home and take comfort in St. Joseph, “Patron of a Happy Death”, as we celebrate our closing Mass
Keynote*: 11:00 a.m.
Robert Brown: “Terror of Demons”
Send Off & Blessing: 12:00 p.m.
Go forth with a deepened devotion to St. Joseph, the greatest of all Saints!
For full bios of our speakers Click Here
This “Undercover Boss” is also an acclaimed author, motivational speaker and franchise leader
Actor-director-producer & musician—Jonathan stars as Jesus in the popular series "The Chosen", the #1 crowdfunded media project in history
Catholic dynamo with > 20 years of experience in executive search
Mother Mary Christina
Busy as Mother Superior of the Sisters of Saint Joseph the Worker, this fun nun recharges through gardening, traveling, and playing the piano
A native Texan and Knight of Columbus in Fort Worth
Sr. Josephine Garrett
Former Baptist and banker, this native Texan Sister is a licensed counselor serving in schools and private practice.
Founder of YCP discovering a whole new world as a working mom on a mission
Self-proclaimed “cultural gypsy” unites her Western mentality with an Eastern sensibility
Bishop Edward Burns
Bishop Burns is the Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas.
Liberally educated lawyer and philanthropist dedicated to legal and economic change from a Catholic perspective.
Fr Ken Geraci
Prodigal son and entrepreneur turned powerhouse priest
This educator, market researcher, and father of four also uses his talents for acting and voice over work.
We can't decide we like best about Sean: his dashing South African accent, engaging personality or his internationally renowned business expertise. Come and decide for yourself.
VP of YCP and Conference Emcee
Fr Joseph Aytona
Break-dancing priest and amazing speaker
The YCP Conference will take place at the Omni Las Colinas Hotel in Irving, Texas (in the Dallas area). The venue includes space for conference activities as well as hotel accommodations.
Booking Your Hotel ROOM
Reservations at the Omni Las Colinas are not included with your conference registration. Hotel rooms at the Omni will need to be booked independently.
Make a reservation at the Omni with YCP’s discounted room rate of $134 per night by clicking here.
Reservations must be made by April 15th, 2021 in order to receive this discounted rate.
If you previously booked a room at the Hilton DFW Lakes (our old conference venue) please refer to the email you received on March 24th from YCP entitled “IMPORTANT: Info About Your YCP Conference Hotel Reservation” for next steps.
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Complimentary self-parking is available at the hotel. On-site valet is available for a cost.
The Omni Las Colinas Hotel is a 4-star waterfront resort hotel; a tranquil oasis gem in a convenient, urban location.
Among the Omni’s many amenities you can enjoy a heated, lakeside outdoor pool and hot tub with an adjoining bar and restaurant. The Omni also offers an on-site gourmet market and cafe for any grab and go needs.
If you need a quick workout break, the Omni also offers a 24-hour fitness center with pelatons and trails for running or biking. You can also take a walk around the lake (a 3-5 mile loop) and find great bars and restaurants along the way.
The Omni Las Colinas Hotel puts you near everything in the Dallas area. For a full list of area attractions to visit during your stay, click here.
Want to sponsor our 2021 Conference? Click Here to learn more and purchase one of our sponsorship packages.
- ALL CAPTAIN SLOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED
Crew (3 Slots)
ALL CREW SLOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED
|Setup/Takedown||This crew will work to set up all items needed for the conference, assist any exhibitors with booth details/items, breakdown of items & pack up of items|
|Entertainment Hospitality||This crew will assist speakers & entertainment vendors throughout the conference to ensure they have everything they need to do their jobs. Crews also act as time-keepers for the speakers to ensure they are aware of the time for the speech.|
|General Hospitality||This crew will act as floaters/helpers/cheerleaders throughout the conference to ensure attendees have everything they need & are enjoying themselves. They will also help people mingle who may appear to be alone or need help networking!|
|Sponsor Hospitality & Support||This crew will act as floaters/helpers/cheerleaders throughout the conference to ensure sponsors have everything they need/booth items & are enjoying themselves.|
|Religious Hospitality & Support||This crew will assist the clergy/religious throughout the conference to ensure they have everything they need to do their jobs. The Captain will manage the flow of confessions and the confession schedule to ensure priests have the ability for breaks when confessions are not being heard.|
|Registration & Welcome||This crew will check-in all event attendees, get name badges printed, hand out tote bags, answer questions, & welcome guests to the conference|
|Gala||This crew will collaborate with other crews to ensure all gala setup, hospitality, speakers, registration, tech, etc. are on track for the gala|
|Technology||This crew will aide in assistance of the YCP Technology Chair & Director of Events to ensure all items are working properly & communicate any issues or problems in rooms to the appropriate contact.|
All volunteer slots are currently filled for the 2021 conference. If you have questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org
YCP's National Leadership Summit:
Previously called the Pre-Conference Sessions, the National Leadership Summit (NLS for short) brings together chapter volunteers for a unique opportunity to learn from one another, build camaraderie across YCP's network, and hear from dynamic speakers on new and improved practices to more effectively accomplish our mission.
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NEW to NLS in 2021
- Interactive sessions for professional and chapter development
- Celebrate 10 years of YCP
- Build your cross-chapter network with fellow volunteers
- Launch of improved resources including new membership perks, marketing, "Chapter-in-a-Box" operations toolkit, and more
- Begins on Thursday, April 29th (7:00pm) with a National Networking Happy Hour at The Gingerman (5250 N O'Connor Blvd Suite 146, Irving, TX 75039), a 6 minute walk from the Omni Las Colinas. Join fellow leaders, board members, & local Dallas & Fort Worth YCP'ers to kick off your weekend!
- Continues on Friday, April 30th (9am - 2pm) at the Omni. Note: Check-in for the NLS opens at 8am.
- Speed networking to meet fellow chapter volunteers from YCP's chapters (including multiple upcoming chapters!).
- Fireside chat with experts (and National Board Members) from YPO & Neighborly about YCP's exciting 3-year vision followed by time for small group discussion.
- Lunch with YCP's National Board of Directors.
- Wrap up with time for reflection and prayer as we head into the Membership Conference.
WHO WILL BE THERE
YCP's volunteer chapter teams (leaders, board members, and chaplains) are all invited to the National Leadership Summit (formerly called the Pre-Conference Sessions).
Our 2019 summit brought in 120+ chapter teammates from 20 chapters across 11 states! Just imagine: an opportunity to meet and learn from your fellow Directors of Outreach (for example) from 15+ other chapters - that's a huge part of why volunteers attend!
What TO EXPECT
- Take advantage of time to learn from fellow YCP leaders from other cities - what's working best that you can bring back to your chapter?
- An interactive day of learning, prayer, and inspiration as we come together as leaders of a growing national movement.
- Hear from the National Staff & Board about improved ways to accomplish the YCP mission in your city.
For those who have already purchased a ticket, your ticket will automatically transfer to our new 2021 conference date and venue. If you have already registered but are unable to attend our new 2021 conference date, please email us before January 1, 2021 for a full refund. Half refunds will then be given up to the end of the day on April 5, 2021, after which no refunds will be offered.
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2021 CONFERENCE VENUE CHANGE FREQUENTLY-ASKED-QUESTIONS
Why was there a venue change for the conference?
When faced with an unexpected change at our previous venue, we chose to find a new one ASAP rather than cancel the conference. We know how excited so many of you are and this update ensures we can still have an unforgettable weekend together.
Will the 2021 conference be any different because of the venue change?
We will still be putting on the same great conference you’ve been expecting. If anything, it will be better! Our new venue has a beautiful waterfront, more outdoor recreation and easy access to restaurants, shops and more!
If I had a hotel room at the old venue (Hilton DFW Lakes), do I need to cancel it and rebook at the new venue (Omni Las Colinas Hotel)?
We’re working on these details and will be in touch with current registrants as soon as possible with steps on how to rebook their room at the Omni Las Colinas. If you have immediate questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What COVID-19 precautions will be taken at the conference?Please refer to the “Health and Safety” tab for the most up-to-date-information.
What if I registered for the 2020 conference but want to attend in 2021?
Your ticket has automatically been applied to our new event date. We truly appreciate your support and willingness to hold out just a little bit longer!
What if I am unable to attend April 30 - May 2, 2021?
Please refer to the "cancellation policy" tab for details.
If I have a hotel room reservation at the Hilton DFW Lakes but can no longer attend the conference, will I be charged for the room?
No, you can call the hotel at 817-481-8444 to cancel your reservation free of charge. If you booked a hotel room elsewhere, please call the hotel as soon as possible to cancel.
**The 2021 YCP Conference will no longer be held at the Hilton DFW Lakes hotel. Please review the “2021 Conference Venue Change FAQs” above for more information.
Will the 2021 conference be any different than the previously scheduled event?
The 2021 YCP Conference will now be held at the Omni Las Colinas Hotel. The event will have the same amazing keynote speakers, including Undercover Boss, Dina Dwyer-Owens, and Jesus from the new hit-series The Chosen, Jonathan Roumie. The best part is that this new weekend date happens to fall on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, Patron Saint of Young Catholic Professionals! Our festivities were already going to be epic, and they literally just got kicked up a notch!
Will ticket prices change for the 2021 conference?
No, our ticket prices are remaining the same. Early-bird pricing (15% off) will still be available and is extended until January 1, 2021. Don’t forget that if you are bringing your spouse and plan on purchasing a general admission ticket, you can use promo code “SPOUSE” for $50 off!
What if I already purchased a flight to Dallas, TX for September?
If you have already purchased a flight, please check with your airline to change it. Most airlines have offered no-change fees for flights purchased recently.
The silver lining to so many disrupted plans in this challenging time is that most airlines have been very flexible and understanding in offering no-change fees for flights purchased recently. Please check with your airline for the details.
What is the new registration deadline?
Registration closes Friday, April 16, 2021 unless we sell out prior to this date! Space is limited - we’ve sold out before and we anticipate doing so again, so buy your ticket today!
What is included in the conference ticket price?
Admission to all liturgies, keynote presentations, breakout sessions, happy hours and the Saturday evening Gala celebration.
Lunch and dinner on Saturday in addition to refreshments and snacks throughout the weekend.
Your ticket does not include a hotel room at the Omni Las Colinas. Head to the “Hotel” tab to reserve a room with our discounted rate. You are not required to book a room at our venue and are welcome to stay at another hotel or use Airbnb, VRBO, etc.
What is the attire for the conference weekend?
Please dress business casual during all conference activities (except for at the Gala - see below!).
What is the attire for the Saturday evening Gala?
Our annual gala is black tie optional. Time to have fun and get dressed up in your formal-wear for an unforgettable evening!
Email conference@youngcatholicprofessionals at any time or click “Contact Us” in the bottom left corner of our website to leave us a message.
UPDATED 4/16/2021: The wellbeing of our YCP Conference guests is our highest priority. We remain diligent in our commitment to provide a safe, hospitable environment for all who plan to attend.
We will be adhering to the guidelines and procedures put in place by the conference venue, as well as a few additional measures of our own to keep everyone safe throughout the various conference activities we have planned. To learn more about how the Omni is ensuring a safe environment through the “Omni Safe & Clear” initiative click here.
Mask Wearing: for the safety of our conference attendees and in line with current CDC guidelines, YCP is requiring masks during segments of the conference weekend (notated on the “Schedule” tab on this site and in your conference program with an asterisk [*]). For conference segments without an asterisk YCP highly encourages (but does not require) attendees to wear masks. Note that masks are not currently required by the Omni Las Colinas in public spaces, bars/restaurants, or outside on Omni property. For questions about Omni policies please contact the hotel. We ask attendees to please be aware of the interaction comfort levels of other attendees based on the stickers on their nametags (see below).
Waiver & Screening Form: prior to attending the conference YCP will send you a waiver of liability and screening form by email and/or text for you to sign 24-hours prior to the conference. You can click here to review the form beforehand. All conference and gala attendees must sign this form in order to attend. We cannot make exceptions. Signing the form prior to showing up at the conference will allow you to more quickly check-in.
We will continue to refine and update this plan over time as health experts and the Omni Las Colinas provide us with more advice.
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Our commitment to promoting safety and health at the YCP Conference includes:
- Temp checks at sign-in
- Attendance capped to enable social distancing
- Attendees choose sticker to display interaction comfort levels
- Staff to continuously promote prudent conference participation
- Health & Safety Team to collect real-time feedback and concerns