FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 30, 2014
CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins spoke to the Young Professionals of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) at their recent Spring Networking Event.
The YMCA engages more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the United States and is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to helping people and communities learn, grow and thrive from influencing the nation’s culture during times of profound social change.
The YMCA Young Professionals Network is a program for individuals between the ages of 25–35 from Boston and the surrounding communities to join for socializing, service, networking, and professional development opportunities.
The event, which brought in more than 40 young professionals from a variety of diverse businesses, included an informal networking segment in addition to a speaking program, which featured Sheriff Tompkins.
Sheriff Tompkins shared with the group the many turns that his professional career has taken and spoke about what each experience has taught him. Talking about everything from his work in the film industry, to freelancing work in video production, to starting his own production company, to his 10–plus years in the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department as the Chief of External Affairs and Communications, and later being appointed as the Sheriff of Suffolk County, Sheriff Tompkins highlighted the many times that he has either seized or created opportunity for himself.
Following the formal portion of the program, Sheriff Tompkins mingled with the dynamic group of young professionals and learned about some of their journeys.
“I’m glad I got to speak with this group,” said Sheriff Tompkins. “It’s always exciting to see young people who are making positive decisions in their lives. Working in law enforcement, I’m often reminded of all the bad that things that can and do happen, but meeting you here today assures me that we have a lot of great things to look forward to in our future. I think this is a great program. You are all wonderful on your own, but having the opportunity to work together can lead to something even greater for our communities.”