Young Professionals of Knoxville (YPK) exists to connect and develop leaders and to serve our community. Each fall, we recruit those who live, work, and play in Knoxville who want to plug into the community even further. “YPK helps build relationships, YPK Secretary Erin Rosalina said. “This is such a great opportunity for people in the early stages of their careers to meet current and future leaders. I love that YPK networking events aren’t all about handing out business cards; instead, they tend to be social activities, which helps you learn more about other members and develop lasting friendships.”
In addition to quarterly general membership meetings there are several social, professional development, and community outreach events throughout the year. “YPK provides the platform we need to continue to make Knoxville a great place to live” said YPK Professional Development Chair Amie Cohorst. “Whether it's giving members access to behind the scenes tours with local companies, exposing folks to non-profit organizations and how to be involved, or making a new friend, there's really something our organization can provide for everyone.”
YPK operates under the leadership of a 17-member volunteer board and 8 committees that members can join to move forward the organization’s mission. In short, YPK is a member-driven organization – we need you! Right now is a great time to join because if you apply by November 12 at noon you will be introduced as a part of the Fall 2018 YPK class.
3 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT JOINING YPK:
Get your employer to sponsor you. Your employer might be willing to pay your YPK dues - it doesn't hurt to ask! Connecting with the community is important in retaining young professionals in Knoxville -- many businesses value that and will cover your dues.
You will expand your network. With over 200 members, YPK is the premier young professional group in Knoxville. Members include community leaders, executives of companies and nonprofits, and men and women taking an active interest in the development of the Knoxville community.
You get out what you put in. Once you apply and pay dues, there is no attendance requirement, policy, or consequence for not attending events. Come to what interests you, and maybe try something new. You never know who you'll meet. But you've got to show up (and maybe bring a friend!). Check out some of our upcoming events.
Learn more at ypknox.com/membership.