Young Professionals of Wichita is a Chamber initiative which offers innovative ways for young professionals in the Wichita area to connect to the community – professionally and socially. Our vision is for Wichita to become the heartland’s destination for young intellectual capital. Our mission is to attract, engage, and retain diverse young talent to effect positive change for a brighter future. By uniting diverse young professionals across the city, YPW creates a force that strengthens and grows metro Wichita as it entices even more young professionals to live, work, learn and play in this community. More young professionals mean a stronger community and more opportunities for everyone.
Professional and Social Connections
With more than 3,000 members representing 200+ companies and organizations, YPW offers you opportunities to make new friends and start (re)building your professional network. Our seven action teams plan between three and seven events every month, and every event includes networking time. Events range in size from five attendees to 200+, so you can easily find the perfect event for your comfort level.
Connections to Community Offerings
We send a bi-weekly e-newsletter with information about our events, volunteers, and investors. Our social team plans monthly mingles, and our other teams plan events that introduce you to the hidden gems of the city and the people who are working to make it an exciting place for YPs to live. We also share information about community events on our website’s community calendar and through Facebook and Twitter.
Leadership and Professional Development
Whether you attend events like our Professional Development Series to hear from the experts or join an action team to help lead the organization, you have the option to continually develop skills to further your career. YPW is a volunteer-driven organization, which means you have the ability to make an immediate impact on the community. Our six-week Leadership Academy also offers a formal program to network with other ambitious YPs and learn from leadership experts.
Community Service Opportunities
If serving the community through volunteerism is your passion, YPW can help you find the organizations to serve. Through our events and programs, you will learn more about nonprofits in the area looking for volunteers. Or you can serve us as one of our Action Team volunteers!