Spotlight 52

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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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 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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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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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: Young Professionals of Wichita Launches Mentoring Program to Connect Young Talent to Wichita Leaders   Wichita, Kan. – Young Professionals of Wichita…

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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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Young professionals are taking leadership roles


This month marks six years that I have been an active part of the Young Professionals of Wichita, first as a volunteer and now as the Executive Director for close to three years.  This role has given me the unique opportunity to meet hundreds, if…

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Equipping Young Leaders


Each year we accept 25 talented and dynamic young professionals into our Leadership Academy class. The participants engage in six weekly sessions with interactive exercises, issue exploration, self-assessment and in-depth conversations with Wichita’s top community and business leaders. YPW Leadership Academy educates YPs on their…

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YPW Success Story: Rick Griffin

2010 YPW 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 2010 board…

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Work and Personal Life – The Balancing Act

By: Carly Farr, Ambassadors Action Team Member

If you take time for yourself in your personal life, you will focus more when you are at work and it will keep you from getting the dreaded burn-out. When you find yourself unhappy in your work life and/or your personal life, you need to…

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Intern Return

Exposing Interns to Wichita

By Joslyn M. Kusiak YPW College Connection Chair   What a great summer! Thank you to all Young Professionals of Wichita volunteers, sponsors, corporate investors, and Wichita businesses who put together three awesome summer events, helped fund the program, and encouraged the summer interns to…

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Make the Most of Wichita

During Your Internship

By Jessica Williams Ambassadors Team Member Welcome to the “Real World,” interns! No, you haven’t been chosen to live in a mansion, work together and have your lives recorded by an MTV crew. Yes, you have to wake up every morning and go to work…

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What I Wish I Knew

During My First Year in the Workforce

By Shea Zuckerman Ambassadors Team Member College seemed hard.  I mean this was engineering school.  I was shocked at myself when I graduated, and I thought the world was going to give me whatever I wanted because, dammit, I worked for it!  College is, of…

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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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Mentorship Panel for YPs

Presented by the Professional Development Series

By Matt Kochenower, Cargill Meat Solutions Ambassadors Team Member Success is bred through familiarity and experience. Young professionals are often times missing the latter half of this equation. Entering the workforce means being exposed to plenty of new (and sometimes difficult) situations. The Professional Development…

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Frequently Asked Questions

Prep for Board Placement Program

By Matt Kochenower, Armstrong Chamberlin Ambassadors Action Team Member YPW hosts a Board Placement program comprised of two parts – Board Placement 101 and Speed Networking.  The program is an opportunity for YPs to learn more about the benefits and responsibilities associated with serving on…

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Soft Skills for Job Interviews

Advice from a Professional Recruiter

By Dacia Brown, Recruiter for Emprise Bank Leadership Link Team Member Let’s face it: most of us are not social extroverts. We all know the type- the individuals who have never met a stranger and feel comfortable in any new or awkward situation they get…

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How YPs can achieve work-life balance

Tips for a busy lifestyle

By Matt Kochenower, Cargill Meat Solutions Ambassadors Team Member Entering the professional world can be a challenging transition for young individuals. Working 40 hours per week (sometimes more) is nothing short of a 180-degree turn from the college lifestyle. It’s not until we enter the…

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Congratulations to 2012 40 Under 40 YPW Members

The Wichita Business Journal has announced their 40 under 40 class of 2012. We would like to congratulate those winners that are also members of YPW! Kristine Contemplacion, Grant Thornton LLP John DeCesaro, Armstrong Shank Scott Hale, Koch Industries Inc Rachel Mendoza Banning, Families Together, Inc Lindsey…

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Introducing a New YPW Program

The YPW Leadership Academy

YPW Leadership Academy is a leadership development program targeted at YPW members who are interested in growing their leadership capabilities. The course offers both professional development and community connections providing opportunities to advance in your career and in the community. Six bi-weekly sessions feature interactive…

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Congratulations to the 2010 Leadership Wichita Class

YPW members included in group

Congratulations to the following YPW Members that were chosen to participate in the 2010 Leadership Wichita class, a leadership training program presented by the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce. Click here to learn more about the program and to see the full class list. Brandon…

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Leadership Elite Invitation

For YPW Members

YPW Members are invited to participate in Leadership Elite. Through interactive learning using real-world dilemmas, small group exercises, active discussion and networking, Leadership ELITE emphasizes practical approaches to the key qualities and essential skills for effective leadership. Leadership ELITE will help you build and maintain…

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Member News

Congrats Rick Griffin!

Rick Griffin has been voted a partner at MartinPringle Attorneys at Law. He is one of 22 partners at the firm. Griffin started with MartinPringle in 2002 as a summer law clerk while he was finishing law school at the University of Kansas School of…

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Wichita Metro Chamber Selects 2009 Leadership Wichita Class

Congrats to YPW member participants

Twenty-four Wichita area citizens have been chosen to participate in the 2009 Leadership Wichita class, a leadership training program presented by the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce. Leadership Wichita participants are identified through a nomination process followed by submission of a formal application to the…

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Congratulations to 2009 40 Under 40 YPW Members

The Wichita Business Journal released the 2009 40 Under 40 list. Congratulations to the 6 YPW Members that made the list: Hector Cortez, Spirit AeroSystems Andrante Etheridge, Koch Industries Rick Golubski, Allen, Gibbs & Houlik Sommer Keplar, Via Christi Health System Stacie Myers, Kennedy and…

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You've got time

Trust me

by YPW Team Member I’m too busy. I don’t have enough free time. I don’t want to miss my favorite show. Blah. You have plenty of time to get involved in YPW, Visioneering, or any other organization that will advance your career. Trust me. As…

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YPs in the News

I am pleased to share that YPW member Angela Schroeder has recently been selected as one of five nominees for the Society of Women Engineers New Faces of Engineering Award for 2009. She will be competing with top nominees from other professional engineering societies. The…

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Rock your next presentation

by Ryan Cole, YPW Member Rocking your next presentation, or any presentation for that matter, will be one of the most important things you do all year. How you do it will set the tone for your future. Are you prepared? Do you know your…

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Job Security Article

A new goal of mine is to pass along interesting articles/blog posts I come across. This one is from regarding job security. Ryan Healy writes about Gen Y wanting employability, and I have to agree with that. What do you think?

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YPs Get Inspired By A Remarkable Woman

You may or may not know that October is disabilities awareness month. The group of YPs that met recently at Cargill to hear Cindy Lawrence’s story realize that for some people, disability awareness is a lifelong thing. In 1997 medical complications led to Cindy losing…

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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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Welcome to W

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.