'Fixer Upper' star visits Lincoln for Young Professionals Week

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- From the show that introduced us to Chip and Joanna Gaines, shiplap and the heart of Texas, Fixer Upper's very own carpenter, Clint Harp took the stage to headline Young Professionals Week 2017 on at the Rococo Theatre.

Clint Harp can be found regularly on HGTV as the dumpster diving, reclaimed wood loving carpenter.

After quitting his six-figure sales job in 2011 to pursue his dream of building furniture and owning his own company, the last thing he expected was to become so well known.

Now, together with his wife Kelly and their three kids, the Harps spend each day pursuing their dream and blazing the new trail of owning their own company, Harp Design Co.

Harp spoke to a crowd of Nebraskans about how he created Harp Design, how he met Chip and Joanna Gaines and the process involved to create his projects.

It was the signature event for Lincoln Young Professionals Week. YP Week is a weeklong series of carefully curated speakers, discussion panels, workshops and networking opportunities that celebrate the talent, insight and energy of young professionals in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

YP Week launched in 2014 and drew over 1,200 attendees in its first year. 

In 2015, YP Week featured Reshma Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code, and was the catalyst for the development of several new coding schools in Nebraska for girls.

In 2016, YP Week  featured Amanda Valentine from Project Runway, Greg Marcus from Marcus Corporation, and Derreck Kayongo from the Global Soap Project.

For 2017, YP Week will run September 25th-30th to coincide with the Lincoln Calling, a music and multi-media festival, and Startup Week, an event led by local entrepreneurs in and around Lincoln celebrating entrepreneurship.

Lincoln YPG serves as a hub to engage Young Professionals in the community, originally founded by the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce with the help of many local sponsors back in 2007.

Lincoln keeps its young professionals here by fostering a collaborative community enriched with a bolstering economy, connectivity and endless opportunities for its people to flourish.

Lincoln Young Professionals group believes in Lincoln, members can make the difference they want to see, develop a career that is pleasing to them and grow into the professionals they want to be.

Lincoln Young Professionals Group (YPG) is dedicated to empowering young professionals with educational, leadership and networking opportunities.  Serving 1400+ membership, YPG capitalizes on the dynamic talents of Lincoln’s Young Professionals.