Young Professionals of Knoxville is a membership-driven, non-profit organization with a mission to inspire Knoxville’s young professionals to connect, develop and serve to build leaders and improve our community.

Our History

Since 2007, Young Professionals of Knoxville (YPK) has worked to provide leadership and professional development opportunities, foster a sense of community among the area’s young professionals, strengthen awareness of the talented, young leaders in our area, and enhance Knoxville’s image as an exciting, compelling city in which young professionals can thrive.

We’re committed to the vision of “our” Knoxville – a place where young professionals serve the community; unite with one another, and inspire greatness. We seek to develop relationships with ambitious, skilled, and selfless members across a myriad of careers and industries within the Knoxville community.

Young professionals, Brandon Clarke and Casey Peters, along with a group of advisers affiliated with Leadership Knoxville established YPK in August of 2006. The idea stemmed from the absence of a relationship between Knoxville business owners, the community, and the next generation of business leaders.

Since its inception, YPK has grown to a membership of more than 200 skilled, involved and energetic young professionals looking to support business operations in the region while being encircled with the knowledge, experience, and humbleness of those leaders already established within the Knoxville business community.

 Our Objectives

  • Make Knoxville the most desirable city for young professionals to live, work and play

  • Connect young professionals to peers, provide opportunities for social and business networking

  • Develop young professionals as young business leaders; educate them about Knoxville and cultivate personal and professional skills

  • Serve our community; Engage young professionals in volunteer and community outreach projects and provide opportunities to give back

  • Connect young professionals to Knoxville's influential business and community leaders by providing networking opportunities with executive level leaders and prominent local companies

  • Provide fun social and casual settings for young professionals to interact while exploring Knoxville cultural and nightlife scene and outdoor group activities (like joining a recreational sports league!)


Board of Directors

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President  Maggie Bates

President
Maggie Bates

Treasurer  Jon Leonard

Treasurer
Jon Leonard

Professional Development Chair  Andrew McCreary

Professional Development Chair
Andrew McCreary

Membership   Chair  Kelsey Paris

Membership Chair
Kelsey Paris

Marketing Chair  Michael Smith-Porter

Marketing Chair
Michael Smith-Porter

Social Chair  Shana Love

Social Chair
Shana Love

Community Outreach Chair  Kelly Carpenter

Community Outreach Chair
Kelly Carpenter

At Large  Kelsie Crittendon

At Large
Kelsie Crittendon

President-Elect  Britney Sink

President-Elect
Britney Sink

Secretary  Erin Rosolina

Secretary
Erin Rosolina

Finance Chair  Sable Weander

Finance Chair
Sable Weander

Membership Co-Chair  Katie Martin

Membership Co-Chair
Katie Martin

Marketing Co-Chair  Stephanie Windsor Slosser

Marketing Co-Chair
Stephanie Windsor Slosser

Social Co-Chair  Drew Sims

Social Co-Chair
Drew Sims

Community Outreach Co-Chair  Mal Alder

Community Outreach Co-Chair
Mal Alder

At Large  Tyger Glauser

At Large
Tyger Glauser