On Thursday, March 15, YPN members gathered in Mandeville Hall at St. Joe’s University to hear from Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter at YPN’s 5th annual “Unplugged with the Mayor” event.

In his address to YPN members, Mayor Nutter spoke of the importance of pension reform, of improving the city’s school system, and of being the first city in the country to end homelessness. His longstanding goal, he noted, “is to make the city a better place for folks to live, work, play and raise a family.”

The Mayor also encouraged YPN members to go to Philadelphia schools and tell their stories to students. “Show them  who you are today,” the Mayor advised, “as opposed to who you were in high school. Take the time to help young people and help show the path to success.”

Finally, Mayor Nutter encouraged young professionals to use those tools available to them, mainly social media, to communicate today’s issues to the larger world. Young professionals, the Mayor reminded the audience, are the future leaders of our region. “YPN members,” he added, “are more powerful than they think.”

View photos from the event here.