Message from the Board

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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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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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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ypw success story: laura bernstorf


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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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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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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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.