YPW Teams

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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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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YPW Recognizes YPs and Companies at 2016 Founders' Day

Award Winners

Friday night, July 29th the Young Professionals of Wichita celebrated our 11th Founders’ Day and presented the 6th annual YPW Awards. YPW celebrates our Founders’ Day every year to recognize not only past accomplishments, but also Wichita’s bright future by honoring the exceptional individuals and companies who…

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YPs Mentorship Desire Met By New Young Professionals of Wichita Program

The future growth of Wichita depends on developing and retaining the next generation of Wichitans. As James Chung commented in the recent “Focus Forward” meetings, Wichita needs a “young, educated workforce” in order to succeed. Our community has done a great job educating the next…

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YPW’s First ServeUp Team Was a Success

By Carly Farr, Ambassadors Action Team Volunteer

Last November, the first YPW ServeUp Team was launched and members were determined to benefit Dress for Success Wichita. ServeUp is a program designed to pair a team of young professionals with a nonprofit organization to help plan and implement new ideas for the organization…

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Volunteer Mingle Recap

By Emily Reisig, Community Relations Action Team Member

On September 18, YPW members mingled with their peers and 22 nonprofit organization representatives at The Pumphouse Bar in Old Town. We had a nonprofit representative for every passion—from horticulture to financial literacy. Volunteering in our community is not only a way to make an impact on the…

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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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Volunteer Experiences: Giving Back and Growing Together

By Emily Reisig, Community Relations Action Team Member

According to the American Cancer Society, half of all men and one-third of all women in the United States will develop cancer during their lifetime. Founded in 1913, the American Cancer society is the nation’s largest community-based voluntary health organization. One of the many fundraising events…

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Community Culture

The Mosaic Action Team

By Ashley Abedini, CarMax Ambassadors Team Member Do you like being exposed to the various world religions and cultures? Do you enjoy sampling delicious ethnic cuisines? Last and most importantly: do you like champagne?   If you answered yes to any of the previous questions,…

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A Pulse on the Social Scene

The Pulse Action Team

By Shea Zuckerman Ambassadors Team Member While I am not officially part of the team, Pulse has made me feel like I am.  Their mission aligns similarly with the Ambassadors Team in that their goal is to create entertaining and engaging social events for young…

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The "Bridge"

The College Connection Team

By Jessica Williams, Kwik Shop Ambassadors Team Member “College Connection provides a bridge between higher education and the working world to encourage a position transition into the Wichita work force. The team promotes Wichita and the surrounding community as an exciting option for our emerging…

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What is Community Relations?

Connecting YPs and the Nonprofit community

By Sundee Dunn, High Touch Technologies Ambassadors Team Member Do you want to get involved in Wichita, but you don’t know where to start? Want to foster a relationship with a non-profit or do you already have a connection? Community Relations (CR) just might be…

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Purposefully Social

The YPW Ambassadors Team

By Jessica Williams, Kwik Shop Ambassadors Team Member Team Ambassadors is charged with helping new and current members find their place within the organization, all while increasing the awareness of YPW and its events in the community-at-large. Simply put, we’re the purposefully social team that…

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Leading via involvement

The Leadership Link Action Team

By Matt Kochenower, Cargill Meat Solutions Ambassadors Team Member The Leadership Link action team develops strategies to promote leadership opportunities and education for young professionals. They do this through four subcommittees that plan events aimed at leadership and professional development for YPs. Board Placement: Connects…

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Making their mark

YPW Action Team Members

Suzy Finn Chair, Ambassadors Action Team Occupation: Job Developer for College of Engineering – Wichita State University’s Office of Cooperative Education and Work-Based Learning Age: 29 Education: Bachelor of Arts, Public Relations – Marquette University; Master of Business Administration – Wichita State University Years in…

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Making Their Mark

2012 YPW Board Leadership

Chad Glenn Chair, YPW Board of Trustees Occupation:  Project Manager, Shelden Architecture Age : 36 Education: Bachelors of Architecture, Kansas State University Years in Wichita: 12 Community Involvement: YPW, Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Go Wichita Board, Big Brothers Big Sisters How…

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Meet a Member

Sarah Goertz

Meet YPW Member, Sarah Goertz.  Sarah is a member of the YPW Board of Trustees and is the Chair of the Community Relations Action Team. Sarah Goertz is a Web marketing specialist for Hawker Beechcraft Corporation. Before landing her dream job, Sarah served as marketing…

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Meet a Member

Keith Talbert

Meet YPW Member, Keith Talbert. He is the 2011 Chair of the YPW Ambassador Action Team and has been a member for 3 years. Name: Keith Talbert Age: 26 Occupation: Destination Sales Manager at Go Wichita YPW How long have you been involved? I have…

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Meet a Member

Chris Hurst

Meet YPW Member, Chris Hurst. He is the 2011 YPW Board of Trustees secretary and has been a member for 5 years. Name: Chris Hurst Age: 36 Occupation: Engineer YPWHow long have you been involved?: 5 years Why you are involved?: I joined YPW to discover the…

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Meet a Member

Chad Glenn

Meet YPW Member, Chad Glenn. He is the 2011 YPW Board of Trustees Chair-Elect, is the Chair of the Enhance CommunitYProject subcommittee of the Community Relations Action Team, and has been a member for 5 years. Name: Chad Glenn Age: 35 Occupation: Architect YPW How…

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Meet a Member

Sommer Keplar

Meet YPW Member, Sommer Keplar.  She is the 2011 YPW Board of Trustees Chair, is on the Enhance CommunitYProject subcommittee of the Community Relations Action Team, and has been a member for 5 years. Name: Sommer Keplar Age: 29 Occupation: Organizational Effectiveness Specialist for Via Christi…

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Same mission. New name. Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) is now W. Join us as we move forward into our next chapter of building tomorrow’s leaders today.
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