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Who's Who at this Year's Mentors and Mulligans

Young Professionals Connection Mentors and Mulligans

Mentors and Mulligans, Young Professional Connection's (YPC's) popular annual golf and networking outing, is coming up July 23! Mentors and Mulligans is a great opportunity to meet accomplished professionals in the community while enjoying a relaxing afternoon out on the course.

Meet the Mentors


Tony Dickinson Headshot

Tony Dickinson (2014 and 2015 mentor)
Vice President, Marketing Manager 
Great Plains
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A

Favorite part of the event last year: Making great new contacts in a relaxed environment

What were some key takeaways from the event last year: You can have a lot of fun on the course, even when you are trying to accomplish some business. Relax, most of us are poor golfers!

Why should YP’s sign up for this event: Fantastic opportunity to meet new people, relax and be in an environment that is basically distraction free from work, emails, calls, etc. Where else can you find that type of an environment these days?

How would you describe the even in 3 words: Well above par!

What is the key to developing and sustaining relationships at these events: Hard work. You must commit to follow-up. Not one time, but as many times as it takes to develop a relationship


Mark Hasting Headshot

Mark Hasting (2014 mentor)
Chief Operating Officer
Kum & Go

Favorite part of the event last year: Besides the outstanding guest speaker, I really enjoyed getting to play golf with 3 outstanding YP and learn more about their personal journey’s and maturation.

What were one or two key takeaways from the event last year:  

  1. Everyone has a story…we need to open our hearts and listen. 
  2. I sometimes think I don’t have much to give/provide in mentoring others.  In reality, I think both parties gain much value in the conversation and questions. 

Why should YP’s sign up for this event:  You just never know who you will meet and connect with.  

How would you describe the event last year in 3 words:  Fun, educational, social

What is the key to developing and sustaining relationships at these events: Take the first step and reach out.  




Kristin Smith (2015 mentor)

Kristin is the owner of FASTSIGNS, a custom printing shop in Clive. She grew up on a farm in northwest Iowa and got married while working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Smith enjoyed a 25-year career as a Financial Advisor with US Bank before buying FASTSIGNS in 2003 with her husband Steve. The company has 13 employees and all work is custom done.


Tiffany Tokarz (2015 mentor)
Peak performance specialist
Modern Muse Consulting

Tiffany Tokarz, CPBA, CPMA, & MS in Leadership Development Psychology, is a peak performance specialist.  She has been working with leaders and teams to create intentional results for nearly a decade. Her company Modern Muse Consulting offers one-on-one consulting, group work, conferences, retreats and workshops. Her belief is that researchers have only begun to understand the scope of human potential; and that leaders who create company cultures to better leverage their human capital will position their companies to thrive in the new economy. 

She prides herself on being result-driven and yet having some fun a long the way. She believes that balance in both work and play is an integral part of performance management and she takes her own advice. When she is not working, you will find her jogging at Gray’s Lake; teaching yoga; spending quality time with loved ones; enjoying a glass of wine or attempting to cook something new in the kitchen.

Young Professionals Connection (YPC)

The Young Professionals Connection (YPC) promotes an environment that attracts and retains young professionals in Greater Des Moines (DSM). YPC connects young professionals to each other and to the community through social, civic, charitable and professional development endeavors. YPC members have unique opportunities to grow personally and professionally and forge lasting relationships. They engage, connect and form a foundation for their future in DSM. YPC is an initiative of the Greater Des Moines Partnership.