VYP Blog

By Kelli Vaz, VYP Chair & Derek Hutchison, Incoming VYP Chair

When Stasi Pridgon isn’t screenwriting or watching television shows and films, she is a Project Manager with HealthInsight where she works with physician offices and psychiatric hospitals to improve the quality of mental health care. An increasing issue across Nevada, she provides guidance to health care organizations amid the psychiatrist, primary care physician and nurse shortages. Stasi received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and master’s degree in Health Care Administration and Policy from UNLV.

Click here for some highlights of what VYP during the month of November.

October was a great month for connecting to the community and to one another. We had a blast at the Halloween-themed Toastmasters meeting and mingled with VYP and Chamber members at the Business Blend at Enclave. Click here for some highlights of what VYP during the month of October.

Stephanie Smith moved to Las Vegas after completing her MBA at the top-ranked Thunderbird School of Global Management in 2015. She seeks to fuse her background in non-profit program management and business development, consulting, and finance training to pursue her next opportunity assisting businesses gain access to the capital they need. Stephanie serves on the Events Committee for VYP because she sees the organization as an opportunity for supportive, ambitious, business-minded individuals to hone their professional and personal skills and connect to a community of shared interests.

By: Matthew Lindsey - Entrepreneur & Vegas Young Professionals Marketing Chair

The year is coming to a close, which means those in the sales field are finding ways to finish the year strong. It’s important to adapt to the ever-changing sales landscape to drive performance to new heights. Here are five techniques to help you achieve your year-end goals.

September was an amazing month for VYP, from raising $200 for Autism Speaks during our Bowl-a-Thon to having a great conversation about Non-Profits in Las Vegas during our Community Conversations panel. Click here for some highlights of what VYP did in September.

By Nikkole Liesse, UNLV Executive MBA Director

UNLV’s Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program is designed for senior and mid-level executives who want to experience challenging curriculum in an accelerated format. The 18-month program offers a combination of quality, affordability, and convenience to those—like members of VYP—who want to enhance their business skills and further their growth within the Southern Nevada business community.


Adam Gostel is an MBA graduate who moved here a little over 2 years ago. He joined VYP to network with business minded young professionals in Las Vegas. VYP has introduced him to many professionals in the community in a relaxed, comfortable environment. He looks forward to be more involved with the young professional community.

By Kelly D. Peterson, Financial Advisor, Global Wealth Management Division - Morgan Stanley

Starting a new job can be both exciting and stressful. One thing commonly overlooked is what to do with your old 401(k). You have diligently set aside this money, so what are your choices? There are four options for your 401(k) from a former employer, and a few of the pros and cons of each are listed below.

Cash Out