Guest commentator: Monica Allen, Marketing Manager, Villanova School of Business @VU_Business and Vice Chair of YPC’s Advisory Board

What are you hoping to achieve in the next year as Vice Chair of YPC? What initiatives are you most excited about in this role?

In my role as Vice Chair of the Young Professionals Council (YPC) Advisory Board, I regularly interact with talented professionals driven to make a positive impact within their organizations and the broader Philadelphia community. Like many early and mid-career professionals, they understand the importance of continued professional development. They seek meaningful personal connections, chances to lead, and opportunities to give back. This is what drives me, and the entire YPC Advisory Board, to continue developing experiences that connect and cultivate rising talent in our region.

Here are a few ways we are continuing to grow and benefit our members this year:

Networking

Enhancing interpersonal skills and building confidence are among the top skills millennials are looking to develop, according to a 2018 Deloitte survey. YPC’s monthly networking events offer the ideal venue to polish up networking skills and forge new relationships among a diverse community of peers. New members receive a warm welcome from ambassadors who facilitate introductions and ensure they get the most out of their YPC networking experience.

Professional Development

Our Meet the C-Suite events offer exclusive access to executives ready to share their stories and take questions. We also address growth areas young professionals are asking about – time management, salary negotiation, and organizational dynamics – through interactive workshops and expert panels that are free for members.

Volunteerism

Through service and volunteerism, YPC members help promote growth and create opportunity in our region. Look out for quarterly events including an annual volunteer fair that matches members with 20+ local nonprofits.

Leadership

Members interested in leadership opportunities are encouraged to join a committee where they can help shape programming, among other things. They may participate in The Chamber’s annual Pay It Forward program where they’re paired with an experienced executive mentor. Active members can also apply to serve on the YPC Advisory Board.

In addition to all the ways YPC is supporting the continued development of early and mid-career professionals, members also have access to the broader array of programming, advocacy efforts, and action teams available through The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. There’s no shortage of ways for members to tailor their experience to build valuable skills and relationships.

I joined YPC for the same reason I was drawn to working at the Villanova School of Business – both are dedicated to developing leaders who aim to positively impact their organizations and our community. I am thankful to serve on the YPC Advisory Board and look forward to continuing to advance our region’s rising leaders.