Young Professionals of Knoxville (YPK) exists to connect and develop leaders and to serve our community. Each spring, we recruit those who live, work, and play in Knoxville who want to plug into the community even further. “YPK has helped me build incredible relationships with other people who are early in their careers, YPK Community Outreach Chair Kelly Carpenter said. “Being a part of the leadership certificate was incredible, I had no idea I had so much to learn. It inspired me to be more active in the community and take control of my own career.”
In addition to quarterly general membership meetings there are several social, professional development, and community outreach events throughout the year. “There are always opportunities to give back through service that directly benefits local organizations” said YPK President-Elect Britney Sink. “Above all, the people in YPK are dynamic and ambitious. We are people who will make a difference in Knoxville, who want to improve ourselves and the community, and YPK brings all these change makers together.”
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 May 24th at noon you will be introduced as a part of the Spring 2019 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.