Young Money: Must-know groups for young professionals
blog by Caitlin Campbell McNulty • August 28, 2013 @ 8:38am
A few months ago, I blogged about a few different groups in Western New York that young professionals can engage in to help with personal or professional development.
Since then, a few new groups have popped up on the young professional scene and a few more already established groups deserve a mention as well.
Like my last roundup, what you see below is just a quick hitter about the group and what it does in the community. I’ll be doing some in-depth profiles of them in the coming weeks so we can learn more about the great opportunities for young professionals in Buffalo.
• The Greater Buffalo Chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN): The YNPN will celebrate their official launch on Sept. 24 at the Hotel Lafayette (tickets here).
According to the group’s Eventbrite page, the group is part of a national network that “sees the value in being international about professional development, in building a peer support network to help you be more effective change-makers for the good of our community.” Membership is free and anyone interested in strengthening the nonprofit sector is welcome to join. As someone who works for a nonprofit, I am definitely looking forward to what this group will bring to our community!
• Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals: According to their website, the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals (BULYP) is designed to serve as an empowerment forum for individuals. Connected with 56 chapters nationally, the BULYP advocates and supports the mission of the Buffalo Urban League by training the next generation of leaders.
Join this group for volunteer opportunities, political engagement and personal and professional development.
• Leadership Buffalo: Leadership Buffalo is a “non-profit community organization dedicated to uniting and developing existing and emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.”
They’ve got a few levels of programming for every level of leader: Class Experience (the traditional program), Rising Leaders, Youth Leadership and Experience Buffalo for new senior executives to the area. For those of you who live in Niagara County, be sure to check out Leadership Niagara.
• Young CPAs: Did you know Buffalo has a chapter of the New York State Society of CPAs? Me either. They even have a young CPAs group!
As the name suggests, this group caters more toward those in the CPA profession, but many of their events, such as their upcoming golf outing, are open and welcoming to young professionals of any career.
• University at Buffalo School of Management Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership: The most expensive on my list of organizations for young professionals, this group isn’t even specifically for young professionals. Offering a variety of program options, CEL caters (as its name suggests) mostly to entrepreneurs. My favorite is the Key Persons Leadership Development Program.
This program focuses on the key people in an office (think: rising star young professionals!) and coaches them to reach their company’s goals while still keeping their unique strengths, weaknesses, learning and communication styles. According to CEL, the program will help build the leadership skills of a company’s management team.
No matter your focus, it seems like the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership has a spot for you to professionally grow and learn in.
I hope that one of these groups or one that I covered in April—B-Team Buffalo, Social Media Club, Emerging Business Leaders, AdClub Buffalo, ULI Young Leaders or BN360—has sparked your interest to get active in Buffalo. Whether you’re looking to reach personal or professional goals, it seems like our area truly has something for everyone.
(Header from the BN360 and Social Media Club Buffalo networking event—photo courtesy of Don Nieman, and you can see full gallery here).