Community Development

YPW Announces Mission Wichita Class of 2019

Young Professionals of Wichita is eager to announce the class of 2019 of 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 Wichita, but…

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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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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 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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Opportunity Capital Mindset

Expect Success

I am thrilled that Cargill has decided to stay in Wichita. I am excited that my friends who work for Cargill will still be here. I’m also excited for what this says about Wichita- as Mayor Jeff Longwell noted – this is a validation for…

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1 Million Cups: Disrupting Wichita’s Business Community

1 Million Cups has been rocking the Wichita community since its start date in early February. What is it? What’s its purpose? What can we, as a community, do to support 1 Million Cups? We sat down with YPW member Jacob Wayman, one of the…

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Opportunity Capital: The One Billion Dollar Challenge


What exactly would it take to add a huge number like one billion to our local economy? To have that impact in a year, each of the 300,000 workers in the Wichita MSA would have to increase their productivity by about $3,300 – or a…

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Help Make Wichita the Opportunity Capital

By Sam Foreman, Klenda Austerman | 2016 YPW Chair

I dare you. Imagine a perfect Wichita community. One filled with limitless opportunities for your family, friends and business. What if I told you that image is within our reach? Skeptical? I believe itis within our reach. This transformation can only be achieved if we…

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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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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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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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Enhance 2015 Recap

By Carly Farr, Ambassadors Action Team Member

Last Saturday, over 110 volunteers came out to help during the 7th annual YPW Enhance project. The Enhance Community Project is an annual community service event which focuses on enriching the Wichita area while providing YPW members the opportunity to give back to the community….

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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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Visioneering City to City Trip

Louisville, KY

In an effort to reach out to young community leaders, Visioneering Wichita is launching the Emerging Leaders Program for individuals between the ages of 25 and 39 years old. The Emerging Leaders Program is a scholarship opportunity for young professionals to be involved in Visioneering…

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Visioneering Wichita Receives National Stewardship Award

Visioneering Wichita has been selected to receive the 2010 Alliance for Regional Stewardship (ARS) Organizational Champion Award presented by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). The ARS is a national, peer-to-peer network of regional leaders working across boundaries to solve tough community problems. Judges…

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Downtown Revitalization

This Tuesday (4/13) Wichita City Council will hold a public hearing on a Real Development request to expand a tax increment financing (TIF) plan for the Exchange Place housing project. While doing the research for the Destination ICT study, we heard time and time again…

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Dowtown Market Findings

And Upcoming Events

Downtown Market Findings Event a Success! On January 13th, over 300 individuals attended Downtown Market Findings: Discoveries. We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did. On our website, we have placed copies of the Goody Clancy presentations on the hotel, housing, office,…

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Goody Clancy Presentation Tonight

Don’t miss your chance to get the latest news on downtown development. Goody Clancy will be presenting their initial analysis on housing, retail and commercial markets as well as the walk-shop images. It’s held at the Scottish Rite with a reception starting at 5:30pm and…

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Downtown Market Findings

The public is invited to hear initial findings from the downtown master plan research on housing, retail and overall commercial market opportunities along with input from a panel of business and community leaders. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with presentations starting at 6…

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What's your role in the Downtown Master Plan?

Downtown Planning Team Outlines Community Input Process A six-month public engagement process seeking broad community input on downtown revitalization will kick off in early December. The City of Wichita, the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation and Visioneering Wichita, working with various groups and downtown planning consultants…

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Wichita Transit Adds Rider Amenity

Bike Racks are here!

The Wichita Transit Department has added bike racks to all of the Transit buses to accommodate the needs of riders. Each bus is equipped with one bike rack which can hold two bicycles. The bike racks increase transportation options by allowing a bicycle trip to…

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Downtown Master Plan Public Presentations

You’re Invited! Downtown Master Plan Public Presentations The public is invited to attend the presentations by the four finalists for the Downtown Master Plan. Presentations will be held at Wichita Scottish Rite (332 E. 1st St N) on the following days: Tuesday, September 22nd 5:30…

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Downtown News Flash

Check out the latest in Downtown news from the Wichita Downtown Development Corp: FINALISTS FOR DOWNTOWN MASTER PLAN SELECTED Four firms, from Thirty-Two responses, have been selected as finalists for the Downtown Master Plan. These firms will provide public presentations September 22nd & 23rd, at…

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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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Visioneering a New Central Library

Discussions Scheduled To Gather Community Input To help envision a new Central Library that meets the city’s needs, the Wichita Public Library seeks community input at a series of forums. Topics to be discussed include features citizens recommend be included in a new library. Different…

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RFQ Issued for Downtown Master Plan

Innovative Design Team Sought to Develop 20-Year Vision for Downtown The City of Wichita on Friday issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), seeking design teams interested in developing a 20-year Downtown Revitalization Master Plan. A multidisciplinary design team will be charged with developing a bold…

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City votes to fund Downtown Development

The City Council voted yesterday, 7-0, to approve $175,000 toward funding a downtown master plan and an additional $50,000 to make sure this plan also addresses transportable needs. The $175K comes from an exsiting “stabilization fund”, which consists of the savings from previous projects, and…

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Current news on Downtown

For your information and to those interested in downtown issues: At its April meeting, the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation Board of Directors unanimously voted to commit $175, 000 as seed capital for a downtown comprehensive strategy. It is anticipated this seed capital will forge partnerships…

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YPW Event with Visioneering Recap

Jon Rolph explaining Visioneering to a group of YPs. The “Review, Revise, Refocus” project Visioneering is currently undertaking to further advance south central Kansas. This meeting was one in a series of 20 meetings to reintroduce citizens to our long range plan; celebrate successes and…

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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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Visioneering Wichita

by YPW Team Member One of my favorite things about living in Wichita is that as Young Professionals we are given unique opportunities to shape the future of our community. One of the best avenues for this is by getting involved with Visioneering. Visioneering Wichita…

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Wichita Downtown Development Corporation

I, for one, am very glad this guy is here. If you are ever in the area of Douglas and Emporia, stop in to the WDDC and introduce yourself. YPs need to make sure we are heard AND seen.

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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.