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Leveling work, life for young black professionals

Group will host symposium Sunday
Posted at 12:42 PM, Sep 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-04 06:52:37-04

At around 8:15 a.m. Monday, there's no sleeping in for Larissa Sanon.

Not even on Labor Day.

The Urban League of Nebraska Young Professional member is chair of this year's symposium, with the theme Level Up, scheduled for Sunday.

"I feel like young professionals of color are often left out," she said. "There's not enough programming or resources for us."

It's why the professional group is hosting a one-day event hoping to challenge and inspire attendees to raise the bar - professionally and personally.

The symposium will tackle financial literacy, networking, climbing the corporate ladder, relationships and more.

For Sanon, we're living in the age of who doesn't want to level up in life?

However, there are some hurdles faces young professionals of color.

For instance, Omaha native Luper Akough, who is also the association's vice president, highlight's a 2017 study.

It reveals blacks were less likely to recommend Omaha as a place to work, play or live.

While last year's study revealed an alarming dissatisfaction rate in the workplace when it comes to diversity and career opportunities which sometimes leads to young black professionals to relocate, the group says it was well aware of these sentiments. It's also why it wants to continue to host its annual event in hopes of taking on daily demands, creating momentum in the work and home life and hopefully providing a space for inclusion.

"Come engage, come network," said Sanon. "There might be something that, you know, might surprise you to stay here."