Chamber network connects young professionals
Group supports each other, community
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/.
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.