Meet ystark! YP: Rachel Hagemeier


Rachel Hagemeier

Occupation/Title/Place of work

Manager of Education and Community Engagement Canton Symphony Orchestra



Why are you interested in Stark County’s Young Professionals initiative?

As someone from outside this area, it is good to see an organization that is working on brining young people together by giving them professional and networking opportunities.

What would you share to encourage other people to join?

This organization supports you as a professional and gives you opportunities to meet new people and develop relationships.

Did you grow up in Stark? If so, where? If not, where did you move from and why?

I grew up in Oklahoma, but I went to school in Cleveland, Ohio. I moved here to Stark County when I got my currently position at the Canton Symphony Orchestra.

Why do you stay in Stark County, from both a personal and professional point of view?

Even though I have only been in Stark county for a short amount of time, I have found Stark County to have a flourishing artistic community and residents that support their arts organizations. I think this is a wonderful community to start my career.

What do you like MOST about Stark County?

It is a diverse community with access to lots of arts organizations, locally owned businesses, restaurants, industry, and the potential to expand even further.

What would you change about Stark County if you could?

Give me a year of living here and then I might be able to tell you.

What do you see as valuable opportunities for YPs in Stark County when it comes to career opportunities, cultural access, leadership or community involvement opportunities?

Young people in Stark County can take advantage of the many nonprofits here and become young board members. I believe nonprofits will benefit from having young perspective on boards and young professional will gain connection and experience.

What would attract more YPs to Stark County?

I think if what we have now was more publicized, people would be attracted to this area. We have wineries, business, and lots of arts. As long as we continue to support these things, I think people will continue to move to this area.

What do you do in the evenings or on the weekends for fun in Stark County or NE Ohio?

I like to try new restaurants and explore the area. But since I am new, send me recommendations!

Could you see yourself spending your lifetime in Stark County and if not, what would cause you to leave?

My field of work usually leads to a lot of travel, so I will probably move away from Stark county but I'm sure I won't move because of Stark county.