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Join Kurtis Dawson, President/CEO of the YMCA of Southern Arizona, for lessons and advice for professional growth and community impact.


Tucson Young Professionals holds a monthly CEO Roundtable as an avenue of professional development for our members and the community. We ask our featured speaker(s) to candidly speak for 30-35 minutes about their story of successes, pitfalls and laughs on their journey to becoming a successful leader.

Details and Registration 

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  • TYP Members: Free (Enter your email address as the promo code to reveal your free ticket)
  • Community Members: $10 (COVID-19 Discount)

  • 5:30 – 6:00 pm: CEO Speaker talk
  • 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Q&A and Closing

About our Speaker

Kurtis Dawson is the President and CEO of the YMCA of Southern Arizona and has served in this role since 2017. Prior to Tucson, Kurtis spent 15 years working at the YMCA of Grays Harbor in Hoquiam, Washington, which is southwest of Seattle. Kurtis’ Y story began when he was a teenager working at the front desk. He never imagined that his part-time job at the Y would lead to his career and passion. Kurtis graduated with a business degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. By 2001, Kurtis had been hired to a full-time position working as the Youth and Teen Director. He served as the CEO of the YMCA of Grays Harbor from 2008 to 2016.

Kurtis’ comprehensive experience has provided him with hands-on understanding of what it takes to run a successful YMCA. In 2017, Kurtis arrived in Tucson and was immediately inspired by the potential of the Y and the community that it serves. Ask Kurtis and he will openly share his ambitious plans for the YMCA, which include capital renovations to its facilities and equipment, upgrading technology and implementing performance and service-centered metrics. Additionally, Kurtis wants to expand and enhance programming to best serve Tucson’s needs and strengthen relationships between his staff, volunteers, and community members. His motivation are the people who walk through the doors of the YMCA and helping them reach their greatest potential.

Kurtis’ favorite thing to do outside of the Y is doing anything that involves his wife Sasha and their four daughters! As a family, they enjoy getting creative in the kitchen; whipping up culinary masterpieces to share with family and friends!

What is TYP?

Tucson Young Professionals is a group of young business and community leaders focused on the attraction, retention, and promotion of young professionals in Tucson. Together we create a voice to help impact the development and growth of Tucson. Welcoming ages 21-45.Learn more on our website and connect with us @tucsonyoungprofessionals on Facebook and Instagram.


May 11, 2021
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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AZ United States