The Regional Business Council is an active collaborator with organizations that share our mission and fall within the focus areas the RBC membership has established. Urban League Young Professionals group is a special asset to the St. Louis region and our connection complements the passion RBC has for developing young, diverse talent.
They believe, like we do, that a diverse workforce makes our economy stronger and allows St. Louis to compete with every other major metropolitan area. Members of the ULYP participate in countless hours of community service and their members truly care about improving the region.
At the recent ULYP gala, several young professionals who are making an impact on St. Louis were honored including Nathalie Means, Principal at Jefferson Elementary in SLPS, Art McCoy, Jr. Superintendant of Schools, Ferguson Florissant School District and Nichole Moton, the ULYP’s Resource Chair. Together we are raising the profile of the emerging leaders within the region.
Group photo of the attendees of the ULYP’s Urban Renaissance Gala – Photo by Barry Neal
We at the RBC believe so strongly in the mission of the ULYP that we want to make it as easy as possible for interested individuals to join. The RBC pays the first year dues for anyone who joins. Once you have had an opportunity to network with members of the ULYPs and participate in civic projects alongside other passionate individuals, we are certain that you will remain active in the organization for years to come.
Are you looking to meet other young professionals and build your network? Join the ULYP, one of many ways to become more involved in the St. Louis community.
Do you want to meet other people that share similar interests and career aspirations? Have you found that bars and other places that your friends hang out are not the best places for professional networking? Where do you meet other young professionals?
In 2008 the Regional Business Council recognized the lack of opportunities for young professionals to develop quality professional and personal relationships and we launched the Young Professionals Network (YPN). Every year we host multiple events at the city’s great venues where young professionals like you can meet and develop deep relationships with your peers.
So what makes the YPN unique? We are different because of the level of talent our events attract. The Young Professionals Network currently has over 1200 members representing 300 local companies. The great majority of our members are between the ages of 21 and 40.
These aren’t just events where you pass out dozens of business cards and go home. Everyone in attendance is there to meet new people in the St. Louis community. Every one is a talented professional who is working hard to improve his or her career and make a difference in the city.
We also closely partner with other young professional groups in the city to help them advance their causes. We strongly believe that business professionals should be involved in a variety of civic and professional organizations. This includes participating in groups as members and attendees of events, but it also means getting involved at a much deeper level.
Many YPN members serve on the boards of organizations that support the arts, help alleviate poverty and sustain some of our great regional attraction (and many others). Board membership is a great way to give back to the community and build a strong professional network. We work as a facilitator to help connect young professionals with organizations that need qualified board members.
If you haven’t yet attended a YPN event, what is holding you back? Check out our calendar of upcoming events (both our own and community partner’s) and sign up for our newsletter to stay in the know. We look forward to seeing you soon.