Meet ystark! YP: Emily Weiss

Name

Emily Weiss

Occupation/Title/Place of work

Digital Marketer at The Karcher Group

Age

25

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

Stark County has provided me with so many opportunities in the community, in school, and for work. I couldn't imagine a better place to be a young professional.

What would you share to encourage other people to join?

Not only will you connect with other young professionals in your community, but you'll make new friendships, try new things and learn so much.

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

I moved to Plain Township halfway through first grade and stayed in Canton until a few years ago when I moved to North Canton.

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

I stay in Stark County because my family lives here and the community has so many opportunities for volunteering, theater, and other activities. I stay here professionally because I initially had an internship with The Karcher Group a few years ago, then they hired me full time. There are also a variety of people to network with and professional events to attend close to home.

What do you like MOST about Stark County?

I love the opportunities that are available for the arts. The arts (fine, performance, and digital) are all a huge area of interest for my family and Stark County has provided so many opportunities to attend and interact with them over the years.

What would you change about Stark County if you could?

I try to keep myself busy and everyone is always asking me how I find out about these events I go to or places I visit. Most of the time, I come across things while browsing social media or hear about them from my family. In that case, maybe more social media advertising for local businesses to promote more events and, in turn, draw in more YPs.

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?

I think some valuable YP opportunities would include: - taking advantage of First Friday and other ArtsinStark events - attending the theatre and local art museums/galleries - visiting your local library (it may be old school in this digital age, but there are so many events and clubs that reach a wide span of ages and interests) - joining ystark! (*hint hint*) - looking into Leadership Stark County and Project Blueprint - checking out the United Way of Greater Stark County for ways to get involved in the community - reaching out to your high school or university/college to see how alumni can help current students

What would attract more YPs to Stark County?

As I mentioned in an earlier question, I think if more local businesses utilized social media advertising that would assist in drawing in more YPs. There is so much going on in the area, but I feel like you have to know what you're looking for in order to do more in Stark County.

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

How I spend my free time in Stark County/NE Ohio consists of: - attending a Zumba class at the YMCA a few nights a week - checking out the monthly First Fridays - rehearsing for and performing a show at one of the local theaters - hiking at and exploring local parks - catching a show, movie, or featured speaker at the Canton Palace Theater and Kent State University at Stark - spending quality time with my best friend and roommate at new restaurants

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

I would love to continue working in the area and one day raise a family here. My fiancé currently lives about an hour away, so the only reason I wouldn't be able to spend as much time in the area in the near future would be due to his job. But I would hope to return down the road, even if I didn't end up continuing to work in Stark County.