West Under 40 webinar helps ‘build resilience’

After launching a new private Facebook page, Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce’s West Under 40 Young Professionals will hold its first 2021 event: a free webinar to share coping skills during the pandemic.

The webinar, “Build Resilience,” is slated to run from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13. The online event features Anna Rappaport, a Washington, D.C., attorney coach (teaches professional behavior to attorneys).

The webinar is designed to provide tools to help young professionals cope with adversities, especially in light of rising COVID-19 numbers.

Amber Martinez, a new West Under 40 member who organized the webinar, said Rappaport — who has 20 years experience coaching lawyers to be professionals — could provide insights to young professionals on how to ride out and build resilience against the COVID storm.

“The committee and I met to collaborate to plan events for 2021 and what we all wanted members to get out of them,” said Martinez, a marketing coordinator with Computer Systems Plus in Knoxville.

In the planning committee’s talks, its members realized, “everyone is feeling alone and unmotivated,” she said.

“So, we wanted to give them encouragement during this time and show how they can make the most of 2021 and to set a tone of overcoming these things,” Martinez added.

She said the committee wanted to provide tools and a framework to achieve that goal.

“I’ve really seen a need,” Martinez added. “Young professionals are discouraged with COVID. I saw a group of people saying, ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do.’”

Martinez was referred to Rappaport, executive coach and founder of Excelleration Coaching who also developed a head coach training program for an international leadership program in 2006.

After learning the “law coach” also speaks to other groups — as a coach of 11 years mentoring, training and teaching coaches about “bouncing back from a setback” — Martinez contacted her.

Martinez said after viewers see the webinar, “We hope they will feel seen and known and that they are not the only ones and not feel isolated.”

To register, go to the FWKCC website at www.farragutchamber.com and click on the link, or go to West Under 40’s new Facebook page, where they also can join as a member.

West Under 40 recently launched the private Facebook Group where young professionals from anywhere in the area can be in the know about West Under 40’s upcoming 2021 events, share ideas, challenges, solutions and more.

According to FWKCC president/CEO Julie Blaylock, “West Under 40’s goals are to provide opportunities for young professionals to connect, learn, grow as individuals and within their industries and give back to their community or, as one of our founding committee members said, ‘be more than a business card,’”

For more information on Computer Systems Plus, visit compsysplus.com