Lori Bergman Inspires Youth at Expanding Your Horizons Conference

The North Platte Community College recently played host to an inspiring event aimed at igniting the passions of young minds. The Expanding Your Horizons Conference welcomed 290 students from 13 area middle schools for a day filled with engaging speakers and hands-on activities across various fields. Among the lineup of speakers was Lori Bergman, the owner and CEO of Double Dips Ice Creamery, with two locations located in North Platte.

Bergman’s keynote address was a stirring call to action for the attending students. With a blend of personal anecdotes and motivational wisdom, she urged them to believe in their capabilities and to fearlessly pursue their dreams.

“Always know that you are capable of anything you set your mind to,” Bergman emphasized during her speech. “No matter what your dream is, I urge you to take the risk. If your dream doesn’t scare you – you aren’t dreaming big enough.”

Her words resonated deeply with the young audience, many of whom found inspiration in Bergman’s own journey as an entrepreneur. From humble beginnings to establishing a thriving business, Bergman’s story served as a testament to the power of perseverance and passion.

Throughout the day, students had the opportunity to explore various fields, ranging from horticulture and computer coding to physical therapy and outdoor education. Led by volunteers from 31 different businesses, the hands-on activities provided valuable insights into potential career paths and sparked curiosity among attendees.

The conference drew students from a diverse range of schools, including Adams, Broken Bow, Callaway, Eustis-Farnam, Gothenburg, McCook, Mullen, Ogallala, Paxton, St. Pat’s, Sutherland, Wallace, and Wauneta-Palisade. The collective energy and enthusiasm in the air were palpable as students eagerly participated in the day’s events, fueled by the encouragement and guidance of passionate professionals like Lori Bergman.

For Bergman, being able to share her experiences and insights with the next generation of leaders was a humbling and gratifying experience. As someone who understands the importance of mentorship and support, she hopes to continue inspiring others to pursue their dreams fearlessly and to embrace the journey, no matter where it may lead.

As the Expanding Your Horizons Conference came to a close, it left behind a lasting impact on all who attended. For many students, it was a day of discovery, empowerment, and newfound inspiration. And for Lori Bergman, it was another opportunity to pay it forward and make a difference in the lives of students from across the city.

You can watch her keynote address below.

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