Top Reasons the YNPN Board Loves YNPN

Here is what the Board has to say about why they love being involved with YNPN Orlando!

Danielle Groves | Professional Development Chair | Orlando Health Foundation

Danielle Groves | Professional Development Chair | Orlando Health Foundation

Danielle Groves: Professional Development Chair

Foundation Events Manager; Orlando Health Foundation

  1. Connecting with so many of my peers and building professional relationships as well as friendships.

  2. Opportunity to work with and learn from experienced professionals in the industry.

  3. Building my leadership skills.

  4. Providing our members with skills and resources that will help them develop professionally and personally.

  5. Being a part of something larger that has such a significant impact on our community.

Ashley Hickman | Partnerships Chair | UCF Foundation

Ashley Hickman | Partnerships Chair | UCF Foundation

Ashley Hickman: Communications/Partnerships Chair

Director of Development; Mad Cow Theatre

  1. The team – there is nothing better than working with and hanging out with other young professionals in your field!

  2. Leadership practice.

  3. Meeting new people – every social I meet someone new and end up being able to connect in a meaningful way.

  4. Being the change you want to see – why I got involved, why I’ve stayed involved – I want our community to have a vibrant young professionals network so I decided to be part of helping it grow. It has been so wonderful to see all that our team has accomplished.

  5. Professional development opportunities – from the workshops to the national conference, I have gotten so many opportunities to invest in my personal growth through YNPN.

Jessica Schwendeman | Board Chair | Heart of Florida United Way

Jessica Schwendeman | Board Chair | Heart of Florida United Way

Jessica Schwendeman: Board Chair

Corporate Volunteer Manager; Heart of Florida United Way

  1. Networking opportunities – I have met so many interesting and fun people in my time with YNPN.  Frequently I am meeting people that I have worked with in my role at my job, it’s nice to get to know people outside of the office and connect with people I might only otherwise have the opportunity to get to know via email or on the phone.  YNPN has helped me deepen my relationships with a lot of professional contacts.  I’ve also made some great friends.

  2. Learning about the nonprofit community – I enjoy meeting others who work in different organizations, getting to know them and what they do, and how their role helps their organization accomplish its goals.

  3. Developing professional skills – I am able to get leadership experience by chairing the board and leading events.  Additionally, I can get experience in other areas of leadership I am not familiar with or don’t get a chance to practice in my current job.

  4. The opportunity to be involved – I love the idea of being involved in my community and making positive changes for others.  I really believe in the idea of programming by us, for us – we need to create the opportunities we want to have and make sure they’re available for those who come after us.

  5. Professional Development opportunities – I have the job I have now, which I love, because of YNPN Orlando.  I am absolutely positive that being a part of this team reflects well on me to my co-workers and superiors, and on my organization as a whole for me to be representing United Way in this role.  In so many ways being a part of this organization has helped me grow personally and professionally.  In short, being a part of YNPN Orlando is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I think one of the best opportunities I’ve ever had.

Amanda Neely | Social Chair | Museum of Arts and Sciences

Amanda Neely | Social Chair | Museum of Arts and Sciences

Amanda Neely: Social Chair

Director of Sales & Special Events; Museum of Arts and Sciences

1. Leadership opportunities

2. Meeting other professionals within the industry

3. Learning about the other nonprofits in the area

4. Forming friendships with those within the organization as well as community partners in attendance at social events

5. Making connections for potential careers opportunities.

Cara Smith | Memberships Chair | Heart of Florida United Way

Cara Smith | Memberships Chair | Heart of Florida United Way

Cara Smith: Membership Chair

Case Manager, Emergency and Homelessness Services; Heart of Florida United Way

  1. Community. I enjoy being a part of the YNPN community and as the Membership Chair, being responsible for bringing other into this wonderful community and helping to make them feel welcome.

  2. Professional Development Opportunities. Through all of YNPN’s connections with local to national organization, I have been able to grow my own professional network.

  3. Idea Development. Working with my committee and the rest of the board, allows me to learn about new ideas and ways to problem solve that I may not have considered before.

  4. New Places. We have at least one social event every month and often I have never been to the restaurant or bar we are going to. I love checking out the new and even old local hot spots that I have never been to.

  5. Board Experience. As a young professional, this is the first board I have ever been a part of. It is an incredible experience and I am learning practices that I will be able to utilize throughout my career on any other board join.

    Katie Moore | Immediate Past Chair | Coalition for the Homeless

    Katie Moore | Immediate Past Chair | Coalition for the Homeless

    Katie Moore: Immediate Past Chair

    Development & Special Events Coordinator; Coalition for Homeless of Central Florida

    1. It’s a fun group of young professionals

    2. We offer a variety of events for our members

    3. It’s a great way to build your professional network

 

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