LeaDRS Program
People, Passion and Performance
Are you ready to lead?

Submit your application by October 7th, 2016 for a chance to shadow the Region X Director & Regional Chair at the 2017 ASHRAE Winter Meeting in Las Vegas!

(Includes $1000 reimbursement* for expenses such as air transportation, hotel, and registration)

*Air transportation will be covered by society. Please note that registration is ~$200, leaving only $800 for 5 night’s hotel accommodations. The host hotel is typically ~$250/night excluding taxes and fees. Any costs above the reimbursable amount will need to be covered by the LeaDRS participant.


Heather Schopplein

Hi Everyone, I am Heather Schopplein, your new Region X YRC. I am so excited to be working with all of our YEA Chapter Chairs, Presidents, and "young" ASHRAE members over the next three years. Cindy Moreno has done an amazing job over the past three years leading our YEA members; she is the epitome of ASHRAE and YEA! While I know I will not be able to fill her shoes, I know that together we can continue to develop, learn, and grow as we work to keep the momentum Cindy has started.

We will Develop:

  • Our leadership, networking, and teamwork skills.
  • YEA chapter programs/events to increase participation and promote membership.
  • Strategies to help work with others officers and ourselves achieve chapter greatness.

We will Learn:

  • From each other, and how to be team players.
  • Our strengths and weaknesses, and how to maximize our efficiency.
  • About ASHRAE and what it has to offer, especially to our YEA members.

We will Grow:

  • Our relationships with our chapter members and officers, with other chapters, with society officers and staff, and with each other.
  • Our YEA membership and participation.
  • As individuals and as a team.

I am a firm believer that you should play to your strengths and ask for help with weaknesses, so I would like to keep some of Cindy Moreno’s YRC post from last year. Cindy is by far one of the best writers I know (give me numbers any day, just keep me away from words) so rather than try to create something new and fresh I will "steal" her work:

It's no secret that when many of our industry professionals (especially the newcomers) think of ASHRAE they think of boring tech sessions, codes, standards, old guys with pocket protectors (mad respect to those forefathers of HVAC, by the way), but the thing we are here to emphasize is that, like all good things, ASHRAE is evolving.

The generations before us, whom have laid the groundwork that we are building on, are welcoming the young minds of the future into their offices, labs, and beloved professional organization and asking us to join them in continuing the tradition of innovative thought and design. They are asking us to continue to expand on the ideas that have been the foundation of ASHRAE since its inception. Not only are the youngest members of ASHRAE being invited to attend meetings and learn from our predecessors, but we are being recruited for Members' Council committees, technical committees, etc. and they are asking us what we think and how we want to build. And THAT is innovation at work! TOGETHER we will grow and TOGETHER we will prosper. There is so much to be learned from those generations who really created the HVAC & R industry, and it is so validating to have them turn to younger generations to be educated about technology and all that has changed as well.

As Young Engineers in ASHRAE, it's not always easy to see through all of the text and jargon and figure out the who's who or what's what. That is why YEA was created as a committee on Members' Council and why the YEA Institute has grown so rapidly over the past few years. Consider us your pathway to all things ASHRAE. Allow us to act as your guide while you get to know ASHRAE and all that we have to offer. The YEA Institute has many resources to introduce you to ASHRAE and to illuminate the facets of ASHRAE that best suit your interests and goals.

What is the YEA Institute??? YOU might ask. . . .

The answer: "The YEA Institute" designed to help you develop your skills, grow as a professional and expand your network, the YEA Institute was created to offer a variety of YEA-focused education and networking programs tailored to your specific needs:

YEA Leadership Weekend
Smart Start Program
Social/Networking Events at Society Meetings
YEA Page on Society Website
YEA Connections Newsletter
Facebook Page
Technical Committees Guide
Young Members Guide
Mentorship Program
Leadership U
College of Fellows Graduate Student Travel Award
New Faces in Engineering
Social & Technical Chapter Activities
Student Activities Liaison

Check out the Young Engineers on ASHRAE page on Facebook or on the ASHRAE Society website.

I will stop the plagiarism now, but thank you Cindy for your wonderful words. If you ever have any questions about YEA please feel free to email me at heathers@haldemaninc.com. However, if you ever just want to talk and throw ideas around, please call me at 619-988-5282. I look forward to a wonderful 2014-2015 ASHRAE year!

Two Amazing Cities, Two Incredible Opportunities.

Register soon, each event is limited to 30 participants.

YEA Leadership Weekend
Washington, DC
September 5-7

The Fall 2014 YEA Leadership Weekend will be held the weekend of September 5-7, 2014 in Washington D.C. Space is limited to 30 participants. Registration closes Monday, July 21, 2014, or once all 30 spots are filled.

This event will include segments on understanding your own personality as well as other types, leadership development for young professionals, communication techniques and ASHRAE leadership opportunities.

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YEA Leadership International
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
September 26-28

TheYEA Leadership International program will be held this year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 26-28, 2014. Register now to join other YEA members in Kuala Lumpur for a weekend of networking, leadership coaching, and fun. This event is an opportunity for you—the future leaders of ASHRAE—to learn more about Society, develop soft skills and network with other young professionals. Any YEA member is encouraged to register.

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Welcome to the Region X Young Engineers in ASHRAE

(Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) means you are an active ASHRAE member, age 35 or younger)

YEA 2012

Welcome YEA Members!! The 2013-2014 ASHRAE Year is full-swing and action-packed!

As many of you are aware, the YEA program has continued to gain momentum for the past few years and las year was no exception. In 2012-2013, Region X saw three of our members attend the YEA Leadership Weekend held in Vancouver, B.C. last spring and several chapters hosted some original and fun activities during the past year. But there is no stopping a good time and things have kicked-off wonderfully for the 2013-2014 Society year as well. We had one of our Region X members attend the Fall YEA Leadership weekend in Atlanta as well as two of our Region X YEA members selected to attend the Winter Society Meeting in New York City as participants in Leadership U! (see below for more info about Leadership U and the YEA Leadership Weekends). I was extremely honored to be one of those Leadership U participants and look forward to sharing my experience with you all (there is a short article below, but please feel free to reach me any time for a more detailed recap!) Likewise, this Winter Meeting, Region X hosted our first participant in the newly formed LeaDRS program which, very much like Leadership U, allowed for one of our up-and-coming YEA members to attend the meeting and pair up with our Region X DRC, Michael Burgess, as his mentor. Congratulations to Erik Sanchez and Heather Schopplein of the San Diego chapter for their selection and participation at the Winter Meeting as young leaders in Region X. (And if anyone is wondering why all 3 participants were from the San Diego chapter, it's because they applied!!! No favoritism was applied in the selection, but if we have no applications from other chapters, we can't select you - so don't be afraid to reach out and take advantage of these wonderfully beneficial programs!)

ASHRAE LeaDRS Program Summary - Erik Sanchez, San Diego Chapter

As we continue into the second half of the Society year, there are still many chances to participate. Whether it's getting more involved with your chapter, attending meetings and social events, volunteering for a position in your local chapter, joining a Technical Committee or attending your first Society Meeting, the YEA Institute is here to help you carve your path.

Here's a list of some of the upcoming dates to remember:

March 17-19, 2014 - HVAC Design Essentials Workshop (Atlanta & Toronto)

March 28-30, 2014 - YEA Leadership Weekend in Portland, OR - a few spaces still avail. Register soon!

June 9-11, 2014 - HVAC Design Essentials Workshop (Atlanta) - Still time to apply for a scholarship!

June 28-July 2, 2014 - Annual Conference, Seattle, WA - Leadership U now accepting applications!

August 7-9, 2014 - Chapters Regional Conference (CRC), Honolulu, HA

Please be sure to access the YEA webpage for more up-to-the-minute updates on YEA programs. Likewise, we are always looking for new ideas and suggestions for what events our YEA membership would like to attend so please don't be shy - send myself or your local chapter YEA Chair an email with your suggestions for the next YEA event or how we can serve you better! Wishing you the best as you jump into your 2013-2014 ASHRAE year and looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Two Exciting Opportunities
for ASHRAE YEA Members!

Applications Now Being Accepted for the HVAC Design: Level I - Essentials Training Scholarship

ASHRAE's HVAC Design: Level I - Essentials training targets those new to the field, either as new hires or engineers and others in career transition. The next three opportunities to attend are:

Atlanta, March 17-19 (apply by January 10)

Toronto, March 17-19 (apply by January 10)

Atlanta, June 9-11 (apply by April 11)

The YEA Institute scholarship is offered for each training listed above and covers the full cost of Level I registration.

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Registration Now Open for

YEA Leadership Weekend

Spring 2014

March 28-30, 2014 | Portland, Oregon.

Are you interested in expanding your knowledge, meeting fellow engineers and having some fun along the way? Look no further than YEA Leadership Weekend!

YEA Leadership Weekend is an opportunity for you-the future leaders of ASHRAE-to learn more about Society, develop soft skills and network with other young professionals. Over 300 YEA members have already taken advantage of this great opportunity. . .will you be next?

Register or Learn More>

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