Young Professionals of Knoxville is a group of young men and women taking an active interest in the development of the Knoxville community. The mission is simple: To inspire Knoxville’s young professionals to connect, develop and serve to build leaders and improve our community. The young people of today are the leaders of tomorrow. Join YPK in the pursuit of a better place to live, work and play!

How Membership Works

You can apply for membership throughout the year and membership is good for one year based on the date that you apply. New members are approved each month by the YPK Board.

Who’s Eligible

YPK invites young professionals (ages 21 – 40) who live, work, or play in Knoxville to become a member.

Membership Dues

Annual dues for YPK are $200 for new members, and $100 for renewing members. We encourage you to chat with your employer and see if they would be willing to invest in your professional growth with YPK.

Member Benefits

Exclusive Professional Development Events: Past event examples include facility tours and speakers from Pilot Flying J, Discovery Inc., and Bush Brothers and Company. Past speakers include Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd, Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority Vice President of Public Relations Becky Huckaby, and more ($250 estimated value).

Social Events: As a YPK member, nearly every event is free, including monthly happy hours and the annual holiday party ($150 estimated value).

Signature Events: Join Young Professionals of Knoxville in celebrating the contributions of area businesses and professionals to our community at the Impact Awards Gala and kick-back and relax at the summer soiree – all free for YPK members ($150 estimated value).

Marketing for your company: Members and their companies can include promotions for upcoming special events in the bi-weekly newsletter, post for free to the YPK jobs board, and are listed in the YPK community directory ($300 estimated value).

Opportunity to participate in the YPK Leadership Certificate Program: A program designed by regional experts, young professionals learn leadership best-practice tools to lead others and impact our community ($500 estimated value).

Complimentary Membership with the Alliance for Better Nonprofits: As a member of YPK are you a member of the Alliance for Better Nonprofits and have full access to valuable tools, free workshops, reduced costs for annual conferences, and more ($100 value).

Other Benefits Include:

  • Community outreach opportunities

  • Quarterly general membership meetings

  • Members only Facebook group

  • Leadership opportunities through committee involvement and the opportunity to be elected to the YPK Board

  • Flash promotions from community partners

  • Smoky Mountain Social Coed Sports League Discounts