Photos by Hillary Ehlen and special to Fargo INC!
Each quarter, the FMWF Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Network selects one of its members as its “One to Watch.” The award is peer-nominated, and the winner is featured in Fargo INC! and the Chamber’s monthly newsletter, The Bridge.
A Little About Kelly Halvorson
A native of Willmar, Minnesota, Kelly Halvorson first came to the FM area to attend Concordia College, where she majored in marketing and communication. After graduation, she says she wanted to stay in the area because of the family-friendly nature of the community and for the many opportunities for young professionals.
After starting her career in marketing, she says she eventually found her calling in recruitment, which is what she now works in at Essentia Health.
“There is something so exciting about offering a job to someone,” says Halvorson, who assists with both recruitment strategy and support during the hiring process. “Healthcare recruitment is especially rewarding because we are hiring the employees who support (our) mission to make a healthy difference in people’s lives.”
As a busy mom, she says it can be tough sometimes to juggle work, family, and community involvement but that she tries to find opportunities that let her daughters participate and teach them the importance of giving back.
How She’s Involved in the Community
- YPN Member Engagement Committee chair
- YPN Leadership Committee member
- FMWF Chamber of Commerce Corporate Cup volunteer
- United Way of Cass-Clay volunteer
- Salvation Army volunteer
Your favorite thing about YPN?
“I love that YPN gives young professionals a voice in our community and a platform for both personal and professional growth.”
How you get value out of YPN?
“It’s so rewarding to be among people who are passionate about their careers and actively support each other’s successes. YPN has taught me a lot about the power of networking and the importance of just showing up, even when I feel out of my comfort zone.”
How you add value to YPN?
“As part of the Member Engagement Committee, I help welcome new members and connect with current members to get a pulse on the events and programs that would be most effective. I love connecting with other young professionals to learn about their careers and interests and find ways that we may be able to support them in reaching their goals.”
Connections you’ve made through YPN?
“The best part about being involved with YPN is the friendships I’ve made along the way. It brings together professionals from all different industries and backgrounds who support and encourage each other.
“After experiencing my own professional setback last year, staying active with YPN helped me to stay motivated in moving forward to better opportunities.”
“I was nominated by Caitlin Stoecker, who I met through work several years ago. Caitlin is the reason I decided to get more involved with YPN because she is the ultimate networker who truly makes a difference in this community. To be nominated by someone I look up to as a role model was a surprise and an honor.”
To learn more about YPN or to nominate a YPN member as the “One to Watch,” please contact Alyssa Ralston at [email protected].