Cham­ber net­work con­nects young pro­fes­sion­als

Group sup­ports each other, com­mu­nity

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By SARAH FALLIN sfallin@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @CalRecSARAH

The Young Pro­fes­sion­als Net­work through the Calvert County Cham­ber of Com­merce was re­vi­tal­ized about two years ago in an ef­fort to unite and sup­port Calvert’s fu­ture com­mu­nity lead­ers.

For­mer cham­ber CEO and pres­i­dent Bill Cham­bers thought it was im­por­tant to get YPN up and run­ning, said net­work chair Lind­sey Frisco. She was al­ready in­volved in the cham­ber’s com­mit­tees as a re­sult of her em­ploy­ment with Servpro and was one of the youngest peo­ple in­volved in those com­mit­tees, she said.

“From the very be­gin­ning, our three pil­lars have been pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, net­work­ing and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment,” Frisco said of YPN.

Ev­ery quar­ter, the net­work holds two net­work­ing events and one com­mu­nity in­volve­ment project. The net­work­ing events are held at var­i­ous cham­ber mem­ber busi­nesses and the in­volve­ment projects sup­port lo­cal nonprofits and com­mu­nity events. In the past, YPN has sup­ported Calvert Hospice, Re­lay For Life, United Way and more through its in­volve­ment projects, ac­cord­ing to the cham­ber web­site.

One of the more pop­u­lar com­mu­nity in­volve­ment projects has been read­ing to chil­dren in ele­men­tary schools, Frisco said. It’s the only project that’s been re­peated so far.

“We try and pick dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions; we typ­i­cally don’t do the same ones,” Frisco said.

Frisco said YPN also served to gain more vis­i­bil­ity for the cham­ber within the young pro­fes­sional com­mu­nity in or­der to get more young en­trepreneurs and busi­ness mem­bers to join.

“For a long time the cham­ber has been known as an older per­son’s or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Frisco said.

There’s no age limit to at­tend the YPN events, but YPN board mem­bers have to be un­der 40.

Jes­sica Coch, who works in LinkedIn sales and mar­ket­ing train­ing, at­tended a re­cent pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment event through YPN and said al­though she is “44 and fab­u­lous,” and may be out­side of the tar­get range for the group, that she at­tended the event in or­der to know more about how young pro­fes­sion­als think so she can bet­ter con­nect with them in her busi­ness.

A re­cent “brunch and learn” event fo­cused on or­ga­ni­za­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tion and fea­tured Nikki Phillips, an ad­junct pro­fes­sor at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land, as a key­note speaker. There were break­out ses­sions on top­ics like be­ing healthy at work.

Ex­elon reached out to YPN to host the event at Calvert Cliffs Nu­clear Power Plant. Janna Jack­son, com­mu­ni­ca­tion man­ager for the plant, said Calvert Cliffs has its own young pro­fes­sion­als group, so it was a great op­por­tu­nity for the two groups to come to­gether.

“I thought it would be a good op­por­tu­nity for us to part­ner with the com­mu­nity,” Jack­son said.

Frisco said she is a “so­cial but­ter­fly” and en­joys the op­por- tu­nity to con­nect with oth­ers through YPN and it makes her want to pa­tron­ize lo­cal busi­nesses more be­cause of the con­nec­tions she has.

“It’s awe­some to get out in the com­mu­nity and meet other en­trepreneurs,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on YPN, go to www.face­book. com/YPNCalvert/.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY SARAH FALLIN

Above, Young Pro­fes­sion­als Net­work chair Lind­sey Frisco speaks to a group gath­ered for “brunch and learn” last week at Calvert Cliffs Nu­clear Power Plant. Be­low, Bob Car­pen­ter, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Calvert Cham­ber of com­merce, speaks to a group gath­ered for “brunch and learn” last week at Calvert Cliffs Nu­clear Power Plant.

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