Young Professionals of Wichita

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Redefining Professional

Young Professionals of Wichita is a membership organization with over 3,700 members. Our mission is to attract, retain, and engage diverse young talent to affect positive change for a brighter future. These members vary in terms of racial and ethnic diversity, place of employment, political…

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In Search for the Most Talented

Join Our Team

2018 has been a remarkable year for YPW. As an organization we evolved, built new connections, and grew our membership to over 3,800 members. 2019 is going to be an exciting year for YPW and to continue building on our successes, we are expanding our…

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Founders' Day 2019

Founders' Day 2019

YPW IS SEARCHING FOR THE BRIGHTEST, MOST CREATIVE TO PLAN FOUNDERS’ DAY! Do you have a passion for event planning and overall FUN?! This might be a great opportunity for you! Young Professionals of Wichita is looking for volunteers to help with the planning of…

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Young Professionals of Wichita Announces 2019 Board Members

We are excited to announce our new Board Members for YPW’s 2019 Board of Trustees. Six talented leaders will be welcomed onto our Board. Their experiences and skills will drive Young Professionals of Wichita to continue becoming the leader in talent retention and engagement in…

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YPW Founders' Day Award Winners

On Friday, July 27, Young Professionals of Wichita celebrated its 13th Founders’ Day and presented the 8th annual YPW Awards. Founders’ Day is a celebration of the accomplishments achieved by some of Wichita’s most remarkable individuals and companies. We celebrate their hard work to better…

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2018 Distinguished YP Award Finalists

WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT FOUNDERS' DAY JULY 27

Congratulations to our Distinguished YP Award finalists, sponsored by Wesley Medical Center! They include: Lauren Clary, PEC; Kate Flavin, Sedgwick County; Thea Pajunen, Fidelity Bank; Jordan Walker, Greteman Group; and Jacob Wayman, Cornejo & Sons. This award is presented to two YPW members who have reached personal…

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2018 Innovations in Business Award Finalists

WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT FOUNDERS' DAY JULY 27

Congratulations to our Innovations in Business Award finalists, sponsored by Martin Pringle! They include: Renee Duxler, Aerial Style, LLC; Kianga Kelley, Simply a Lady Co.; Stacy Ward Lattin, Hopping Gnome Brewing Company. The Innovations in Business award is presented to a YPW Member who has…

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2018 YPW Community Award Finalists

Winner will be announced at Founders' Day July 27

We want to congratulate our Community Service Award finalists! They include: James Holland, Westar Energy; Roy Moye III, Spirit AeroSystems; Claudia Yaujar-Amaro, AB&C Bilingual Resources. The Community Service Award is presented to a YPW member who is distinguished by their record of service to their community. They…

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2018 YPW Award Finalists

Every year our members accomplish stunning things in their professional lives, as well as their personal lives. This Founders’ Day awards banquet celebrates the accomplishments of our up-and-coming young professionals and recognizes organizations that excel in their efforts to attract, retain and develop young professionals in…

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Hello and Goodbye

An Interns Journey through YPW

Hello, and Goodbye? This may seem a little backwards, considering it is my first and final blog post, but please, let me first introduce myself. My name is Dara Quastad and I am the Marketing and Communications Intern with Young Professionals of Wichita. Since January,…

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YPW Announces Inaugural Mission Wichita Class of 2018

Young Professionals of Wichita is eager to announce the inaugural class of 2018 for Mission Wichita. Mission Wichita is a program designed to establish relationships between young high achieving Airmen and young professionals. These types of connections not only drive economic growth and pride in…

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YPW's Vision 2020

For the past year, the Young Professionals of Wichita Board of Trustees, its volunteers, and other stakeholders have worked diligently on a revised three-year strategic plan. At the November Board meeting, the Trustees approved a new strategic plan for the organization, effective from 2018-2020. Over…

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Young Professionals of Wichita Announces 2018 Board Members

The Young Professionals of Wichita approved its 2018 Board of Trustees members at a recent board meeting. Zach Wiggins, of Martin Pringle Attorneys at Law, will serve as the 2018 Board Chair. Lai-L Daugherty, of Butler Community College, will serve as the Chair-Elect. The complete…

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The Final Post

Seeing wichita through fresh eyes, part 4

We’ve discussed my favorite places and things, the thriving downtown entertainment area, adventures to be had and all the fab places to live in Wichita. You might be wondering what’s left. Are you asking yourself, isn’t there still more we can do? Well, yes, there…

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YPW Founders' Day Award Winners Announced

On Friday, July 28, the Young Professionals of Wichita celebrated its 12th Founders’ Day and presented the 7th annual YPW Awards. YPW celebrates Founders’ Day every year to recognize not only past accomplishments, but also Wichita’s bright future by honoring the exceptional individuals and companies…

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Putting Down Roots

seeing wichita through fresh eyes, part 3

Ever find yourself yearning for an urban landscape, deep in the middle of the action, but not knowing where to start? The up and coming downtown corridor is just the place to start. Eclectic, unique businesses are popping up on every corner. Between yummy coffee…

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My Wichita Favorites

seeing wichita through fresh eyes, part 2

Wichita is rich with adventures to be had and experiences to be enjoyed. Some well-known and others a bit more obscure. I have some personal favorites, as I’m sure you do as well. If you’re not that familiar with our city or haven’t really stopped…

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seeing wichita through fresh eyes

MY INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE WITH THE CHAMBER

Twenty-one years. That’s how long I have lived in Wichita. I was born and raised in the Air Capitol of the World. Good or bad, I have had plenty of time to form an opinion on this city. Growing up I wanted out, out, out…

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YPW Concludes YP Summit Hosting

Thank you to everyone who made this possible

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the Kansas YP Summits in 2016 and 2017 in Wichita, Kansas. We were honored to be selected as a host organization, and are excited to pass the Summit along to the Manhattan, Junction City and Wamego YP…

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Young Professionals of Wichita lowers membership investment

Making YPW More Accessible

In response to the growing number entrepreneurial startup companies and freelance contractors in the Wichita area, Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) has lowered its membership fees from $150 to $65 for individuals not employed by member companies of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce. This…

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YPW Is Hiring!

Join our team

In September, YPW reached a new milestone of having more than 3,000 members! This is an exciting time for our organization and our community, and we are now looking for the right person to help our members continue to create high-quality programs and events. Our…

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YPW Announces 2017 Board of Trustees

Group selected to lead YPW's strategy development

Young Professionals of Wichita Announces 2017 Board Members The Young Professionals of Wichita approved its 2017 Board members at a recent board meeting. Ellen Decker, of Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C., will serve as the 2017 Board Chair. Zach Wiggins, of Martin Pringle Attorneys at…

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Young Professionals of Wichita Announces Group Mentoring Protégés

Press Release

Wichita, Kan. – Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) announces 30 young professionals that were chosen to participate in the first class of the Group Mentoring Program. The program provides connections to key leaders who can be professional mentors and strengthens YPs’ professional connections with a…

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YPW Board of Trustees Update

Changes Coming for 2017

Hello YPW members! Last Friday, we celebrated 11 years of attracting and engaging talented young professionals in Wichita. I am proud of all the great work our volunteers do to lead our organization on a forward path, and that our members are doing in the…

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Young Professionals of Wichita Launches Mentoring Program to Connect Young Talent to Wichita Leaders

For Immediate Release July 14, 2016   CONTACT:                                           Name: Meg Foreman Young Professionals of Wichita, Program and Marketing Manager Phone:  316.268.1171 Email: mforeman@wichitachamber.org Young Professionals of Wichita Launches Mentoring Program to Connect Young Talent to Wichita Leaders   Wichita, Kan. – Young Professionals of Wichita…

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What We Learned

Whine About Wichita Recap

April 1st, or April Fool’s Day, is generally known as a day when people make jokes, play pranks, and generally fool around for no better purpose than to tickle their funny bone. But when 119 YPs, City of Wichita officials, and members of the community…

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Join us at the KS YP Summit

April 21 & 22

Early-bird registration deadline extended to March 24 What is there to like about the month of April? The blooming trees? Fresh flowers and sunny days? Famous Kansas thunderstorms? How about it being the month the Kansas YP Summit is held? This is the first year…

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New York Times Bestselling Author Jon Acuff to be Keynote Speaker at 2016 Kansas Young Professional Summit in Wichita

Hosted by Young Professionals of Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. – New York Times Bestselling author Jon Acuff will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Kansas Young Professional Summit on April 22 at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Wichita. Acuff will share insight into navigating change in an ever-changing technological environment, and…

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YPW Member Spotlight: Thea Pajunen

Who are the Young Professionals of Wichita?

Who are the Young Professionals of Wichita? Find out in upcoming blogs and video posts showcasing some of our members. We range from engineers and marketing gurus to teachers and small business owners. Anyone that feels they are a professional in their field is a…

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YPW Member Spotlight: Dr. Chris Bollenbach

Who are the Young Professionals of Wichita?

Who are the Young Professionals of Wichita? Find out in upcoming blogs and video posts showcasing some of our members. We range from engineers and marketing gurus to teachers and small business owners. Anyone that feels they are a professional in their field is a…

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Tallgrass Film Association Named Nonprofit Partner in #ILoveWichita T-shirt Contest

Wichita, Kan. – Tallgrass Film Association has been selected as the nonprofit partner for the #ILoveWichita t-shirt contest. The selection committee chose TFA, which this year is producing the 14th annual Tallgrass Film Fest, because of its connection to the creative community, its economic impact…

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Wichita Rising

The Opportunity Capital

By Sam Foreman, Klenda Austerman | YPW 2016 Chair Is it time for a comeback? Is it time for something more? James Chung’s Focus Forward presentation woke many up to the very real and very significant challenges we face as a transitioning Midwestern manufacturing community….

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YPW Member Spotlight: Lai-L Daugherty

Who are the Young Professionals of Wichita?

Who are the Young Professionals of Wichita? Find out in upcoming blogs and video posts showcasing some of our members. We range from engineers and marketing gurus to teachers and small business owners. Anyone that feels they are a professional in their field is a…

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YPW Member Spotlight: Samantha Schaefer

Who are the Young Professionals of Wichita?

Who are the Young Professionals of Wichita? Find out in upcoming blogs and video posts showcasing some of our members. We range from engineers and marketing gurus to teachers and small business owners. Anyone that feels they are a professional in their field is a…

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YPW Member Spotlight: Jonathan Long

Who are the Young Professionals of Wichita?

Who are the Young Professionals of Wichita? Find out in upcoming blogs and video posts showcasing some of our members. We range from engineers and marketing gurus to teachers and small business owners. Anyone that feels they are a professional in their field is a…

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YPW Member Spotlight: Blessy Abraham

Who are the Young Professionals of Wichita?

Who are the Young Professionals of Wichita? Find out in upcoming blogs and video posts showcasing some of our members. We range from engineers and marketing gurus to teachers and small business owners. Anyone that feels they are a professional in their field is a…

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Our Time Is Now

Calling All Wichita Young Talent

According to data analyst James Chung, the Wichita region has a bleak future if it stays on its current trajectory. At least, that was the message at a presentation he did last week for a group of young professional leaders as part of the #FocusForward…

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Quit the Cuts

YPW Board Takes Position on County Commission Budget Cuts

Last week we celebrated 10 years of uniting young professionals in Wichita. This week, the YPW Board is calling on its members to unite to effect positive change in our community by voicing your opinions on the Sedgwick County Commission’s recommended budget cuts. The Board’s…

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ypw success story: laura bernstorf

2015 YPW BOARD OF TRUSTEES CHAIR

As YPW celebrates 10 years of uniting young professionals in 2015 we’re taking a look into the success stories our past board of trustees chairs. What is a YPW success story? It varies, depending on the individuals’ initial reasons for involvement! Read more from our 2015 board…

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Young Professionals of Wichita connects summer interns

Intern Return 2015

WICHITA, KAN. – As part of its efforts to attract talented young college graduates to Wichita, Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) kicks off its summer intern return program on Thursday, June 11. The program, designed and implemented by YPW volunteers, connects summer interns with local…

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Nominate Today

Recognize Outstanding Young Professionals, Companies

We couldn’t be more proud of our members, and we hope you are, too! Take a few moments to nominate colleagues, employees, or friends for the 2015 YPW Awards. In 2015, YPW is celebrating 10 years of uniting young professionals in Wichita. We are also…

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Wichita Mayoral Elections Tuesday

Effect Change Today

  Voter turnout at the last Wichita mayoral primary was only 7.7% according to this Wichita Eagle article. Will you help us turn that around in 2015? National elections may be sexier and more attention-getting, but local elections have a huge impact on our daily lives…

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Starting on the next 10 years

By Suzy Finn, YPW Executive Director, and Laura Bernstorf, YPW 2015 Board Chair

In July 2014, the YPW Board of Trustees adopted four organizational goals to help guide plans for the next three years. Last week, the 2015 Board approved a high-level priority for each of those goals to begin progress on making the next 10 years of…

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YPW: Uniting Young Professionals for 10 Years

BY SUZY FINN, YPW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

In July, Young Professionals of Wichita will celebrate our biggest milestone to date, our 10-Year Anniversary. And we are going to celebrate! For 10 years, YPW has been uniting young professionals in Wichita. We have helped people new to the city unite with new friends…

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Young Professionals of Wichita Announces 2015 Board Members

by Suzy Finn, YPW Executive Director

I am excited to announce the excellent volunteer leadership we have in place for 2015, as we celebrate 10 years of Young Professionals of Wichita. Laura Bernstorf of Airbus Americas Engineering will serve as the 2015 Board Chair. Sam Foreman, attorney at Klenda Austerman LLC,…

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Top Ten Reasons to Become A YPW Member

By Sundee Dunn, Ambassadors Action Team Member

Networking It’s easy to develop great connections during events held by Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW). Monthly mingles are a great place to start, with over 100 young professionals (YPs) attending regularly.   Professional Development Quarterly events are held to help members grow their skills…

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Young Professional Stereotypes

By Ashley Abedini, Ambassadors Action Team Member

I joined Young Professionals of Wichita a little more than a year and a half ago. There have been many interesting questions and comments I have received after telling others about my participation within the organization. Many are merely trying to clarify what a “young…

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YPW Board Supports Sales Tax Referendum

By Suzy Finn, YPW Executive Director

In an historic step for this organization, the Young Professionals of Wichita Board of Trustees voted this week to publicly support the proposed 1-cent sales tax referendum that City of Wichita residents will vote on during the November 4 general election. The Board supports this…

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YPW Mingle Tips

five ways to make the most of a mingle

By Sundee Dunn, High Touch Technologies Ambassadors Team Member  Attending an event where you may not know anyone can be intimidating, but if there is one thing you should know about Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) it’s that members are very welcoming. If you’re thinking…

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YPW Member reconnects with Wichita

Leadership Academy provides outlet for connection

By Aaron Bushell, Bank of the West 2014 Leadership Academy Class Member I was honored to be selected for the 2014 Young Professionals of Wichita Leadership Academy program.  Having recently returned to my hometown after living out of state for a few years, I saw…

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A Life Changing Experience

Former Member Credits YPW for Success

By Brant Whitelock, American Family Insurance “Get involved! Allow yourself to experience all the things that this organization can do for you.“ I have been a Wichitan most of my life. This community has blessed me with a great place to live and work, great…

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How D.I.Cees It

Extending Our Reach

By Dennis I. Clary, Cox Communications 2013 Board of Trustees Chair Year-end 2012 data confirmed our organization was struggling to maximize its impact.  Engagement metrics indicated a negative trend since their peak in 2009.  Through a bevy of strategies highlighted below we have successfully reversed…

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YPW Launches Volunteer Tracking Program

Quantifying YP's contributions to the community

By Sundee Dunn, High Touch Technologies Ambassadors Team Member Have you ever wondered how young professionals are making a difference within Wichita or even within YPW itself? Perhaps you are curious about the impact you are making as an individual member. Now there is an…

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Young Professionals Awards Wichita with a Serious Party

Founders' Day 2013 Another Successful Celebration

By Shea Zuckerman Ambassadors Team Member It was a night to remember for awards finalists and fellow YPW members alike.  As I walked into one of the hottest event venues in our City, immediately feeling the charge of excitement for what the night would hold,…

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A Message from your new Executive Director

Suzy Finn joins YPW Staff

By Suzy Finn YPW Executive Director In October 2009, I attended my first Young Professionals of Wichita event – a mingle at Rock Island Live. I sat down with a small group of people who looked friendly and spent a couple of hours getting to…

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How D.I. Sees It

Uninspired by YPW? Read on

by Dennis I. Clary, 2013 Chair of the Board of Trustees Why does YPW exist? To attract and retain diverse young talent.  How does YPW do this? Through professional and social immersion.  What does YPW do? Promotes the Wichita community. Woven together, these answers yield…

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The Priority Project

YPW partners with Visioneering Wichita and Wichita Downtown Development

In 2004, thousands of people in communities across south central Kansas set the region’s 20-year plan. Since then hundreds of groups and volunteers have been using this plan to make our region a great place for people of all ages to live and work (YPW…

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Announcing the YPW Awards Finalists

Inaugural YPW Founders' Day Awards

Congratulations to the finalists for the YPW Awards! YPW Community Service Award, sponsored by Spirit Aerosystems: Presented to a YPW member who is distinguished by their record of service to their community. They have engaged in continuing efforts to preserve and promote Wichita through their…

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Introducing the YPW Awards

Inaugural YPW Founders' Day Awards

Introducing the 2011 YP’s make big contributions to Wichita – it’s time to celebrate all that we do! The first annual YPW Awards will be presented at Founders’ Day 2011, Friday, July 29. We want to recognize the outstanding contributions that our members make to…

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Destination ICT Launched at Founders' Day

Friday, June 26th YPW celebrated its 4th birthday at their annual Founders Day event. The accomplishments of the last four year have been numerous: membership now stands at over 2000, a Board of Trustees has been established, and seven Action Teams are in place continuously…

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Wichita Named All American City

There were 3 projects that were included in Wichita’s presentation, Visioneering (inlcuding YPW), Opportunity Drive, and Mennonite Housing. Our very own, Heather Denker had a starring role presenting Visioneering and YPW. View the video of the presentation here! For more information, check out the tweets…

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YPs in the News

Check out this neat story featuring some of our very own YPW Members: Young Professionals Speak About Big Benefits.

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Launch of Enhance CommunitYProject

At the February Monthly Mingle, YPW rolled out “Enhance CommunitYProject”. Through Enhance CommunitYProject the Young Professionals of Wichita will develop and organize an annual community service event which will focus on enriching the Wichita area while providing the members of YPW the opportunity to give…

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YPW Update

How many times have you wished your voice would have been heard? Like that great advice you gave your friend or the suggestion you offered to your boss? Did you really feel like you were heard and that your opinion was going to be taken…

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Recognition for YPW

Young Professionals of Wichita was named Best Networking Group by Wichita Magazine! Thanks Wichita! Check out all of the 2009 Best of winners here.

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Big Winners at the YPW Debonair New Year Affair

Congratulations to these big time casino winners at our annual New Years Eve party! Trish Inslee Erin Lewis David Wilder Abi Griffin Sarah Derreberry Nora Rodriguez Amanda Fawver Preston Brynn Julie Welch Jeff Gradman Thanks to everyone for coming out. See you next year!

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Rock in the new year with YPW and Lip Survis!

One of my favorite events of the year is approaching shortly. It’s filled with am amazing time with fellow YP’s, casino games and this year, A LIVE BAND! Awesome! The Third Annual Debonair New Year Affair is approaching quickly. That means two things. 1. You…

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Why would you come back to Wichita!?!

by YPW Member Ryan Like many of you, I was moved to Wichita by my employer. You may be curious as to what this Midwest town has to offer and why anybody would choose to live here. It’s flat, there are a lot of churches…

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What YPW can do for you

By a YPW Team Member I first became a member of Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) by default. I worked for one of the 27 corporate investors at the time, so my membership was free to me. I went to the kick off event on…

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