Young Professional Groups

As the largest professional networking group* in Wichita, YPW is the best way to meet a broad range of professionals who are at similar stages in life or career. There are also many other groups in the city that help YPs connect for more specific reasons. Below is a list of some of those groups, along with the best way to connect to them. To add your group to this list, please contact Alejo Cabral. To be included, groups should focus mainly on the 21-39 demographic and have a niche purpose.

AIA Kansas Emerging Professionals

The Committee will provide opportunities for interaction between architectural graduates, young practitioners, and the profession. The Committee will explore ways to serve and assist our members who are not licensed or are newly licensed. The Intern Development Program is also a part of this Committee.


Boys and Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas – Young Leaders Impact Board

Young Leaders Impact Board (YLIB) is a young professionals society that benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas. YLIB was established in 2010 to provide a place where young professionals can connect to change lives. We have Wichita’s most motivated, energetic young professionals who are certain to become the community’s future leaders.


Kansas Society of CPAs: Young Professionals Task Force

The Young Professionals Task Force seeks to develop initiatives to encourage young CPAs to become active leaders in the profession and their communities. The task force is responsible for developing the “20 up to 40” Leadership program and the Young Professionals Conference.


Risk Management Association Young Professionals – Kansas Chapter

The RMA Young Professionals Group provides a forum for education, networking and career development for up and coming financial and credit professionals.

The Risk Management Association (RMA) is a not-for-profit, member-driven professional association serving the financial services and related industries. Its sole purpose is to advance the use of sound risk principles in these industries. RMA promotes an enterprise approach to risk management that focuses on credit risk, market risk, operational risk, securities lending, and regulatory issues.


Ronald McDonald House Charities Wichita: Red Shoe Society

Our mission is to engage, empower, and inspire young professionals to participate in philanthropic and leadership endeavors and build awareness for Ronald McDonald House Charities® Wichita (RMHC Wichita).

Our vision is to be the premier young professional society, providing career-minded individuals with opportunities to develop socially, professionally and civically through RMHC Wichita.


Rotaract Club of Wichita

Affiliated with the Rotary Club of Wichita, this is a community service organization for young professionals interested in volunteering in the community. If you’re 18 to 30 and have an interest in community service, professional development, and networking, then join the Rotaract Club of Wichita. Over 30 but still interested in the organization’s mission? Look into joining one of the other Rotary Clubs of Wichita (East, West,  Old Town, or Downtown).


Special Olympics of Kansas – Young Professionals Council

Special Olympics Kansas’ Young Professionals Council (YPC) is comprised of enthusiastic individuals, under the age of 36, dedicated to raising community awareness and fundraising efforts while driving the organization’s mission.

The YPC is tasked with raising the visibility of the organization and building new programs through fundraising, technical assistance and professional expertise. New members are sought from the professional community throughout the Greater Kansas City area.

The YPC also serves as a platform for grooming members for future leadership roles on the Special Olympics Kansas Board of Directors. Informal meetings will be held approximately once every 6-8 weeks.


United Way of the Plains Young Leaders

Since 1997, the Young Leaders Association has recognized individuals who are committed to volunteerism, improving our community and personal growth.

The Young Leaders Association recognizes those who are 40 years old or younger and annually give $1,000 (or more) or contribute at least $500 with the commitment to increase their annual gift to $1,000 by the third year of membership or age 40, whichever comes first.


Wichita Art Museum Contemporaries

WAM Contemporaries is a hip and energetic group of adults under 50 (whether in age or spirit) who are interested in the same goal–attending fabulous parties and events and broadening their network of friends while supporting WAM and the Wichita community. The highlight of the year is the annual Color Party in February–truly one of the city’s signature events with music, libations, and party hijinx.

WAM Contemporaries generously support Destination: WAM, a project that sponsors bus reimbursement for Wichita-area school field trips to the art museum.


Wichita Urban Professionals (ICT–UP)

The Wichita Urban Professionals (ICT-UP) is an auxiliary of the Urban League of Kansas. ICT-UP is dedicated to empowering the young, diverse and talented. The organization involves members ages 21-40 in engaging and relevant personal development coaching, professional development trainings and dynamic social networking events.

Our Mission: To develop a network of rising leaders to improve the quality of life in the urban communities of Wichita.


Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of the Wichita Bar Association

Young Lawyers is a section of the Wichita Bar Association focused on assisting the new attorney to life in the legal “real world.” They meet on the second Thursday of each month (September through May) at 5:30 p.m. for an after-work social hour that includes food, drink, interesting and informative speakers, as well as a whole lot of young attorney friends. Any member of the WBA who is either 35 years of age or younger, or within the first five years of practice is eligible for membership.


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Young Professionals League of Kickball

Our friends at the Young Professionals League of Kickball (not affiliated with YPW), invite YPW members to join in. Games are played each Wednesday at Westside Athletic Fields (McLean just west of Seneca) from September 17 – November 12.  They generally have eight teams of 15 players (120 players total) plus what they call “Superfans”, who are individuals that sign up to cheer on their friends/family, get a team shirt, but aren’t participating on the field but do participate at the bar following the games.

Cost to play is $25/per person and teams will be drawn at random. They will try to place you on a team with one person if you both list each other at signup.


Young Professionals League of Softball

Looking for a way to network through sports? Or do you just need a softball league to join during the summer? Our friends at the Young Professionals League of Softball (not affiliated with YPW), invite YPW members to join them each year.

Individuals sign up and are assigned to teams at random to encourage interaction with new peers. While there are winners and losers, the focus of the league is to promote networking and interaction through an organized sporting experience. All skill levels are welcome, from “T-ball” to “All Star” and everything in between. Games are played every Wednesday evening from mid May to early August.


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.