Greetings YPN Miami,
As we progress through another amazing year allow me to share our theme for 2012: “Navigate the World of Business.” Our theme is in tandem with our goals and our mission statement, “To connect, develop, and empower young professionals by creating a nurturing community of like-minded, ambitious, and diverse professionals that connect, network, and interact with one another through programming that fulfills the need for success and personal and professional growth.”
YPN Miami will accomplish its mission through the following:
• Provide members with access to business leaders and decision makers.
• Create programming that develops members professionally and prepares members for business success.
• Offer mentoring opportunities with business leaders.
• Promote work life balance through social and civic activities that are fun, innovative, and memorable.
In August 2010, we surveyed our membership to gain a better understanding of how to strengthen and improve YPN Miami. We asked you, our members, to provide suggestions for the types of programs and activities you’d like to see implemented. This exercise gave us the opportunity to take a contemplative look at how and to what end we serve diverse young professionals in Miami. Based on the results of this study, we re-launched YPN Miami in March 2011. Weekly YPN Miami Spotlights were added to highlight young professionals that are emerging as leaders in the community; our events have taken on a new purpose of networking to engage and empower young professionals; and we are partnering with major corporations to give our members exposure to business leaders.
The need to address the concerns of young professionals in South Florida is growing exponentially with the recent influx of this demographic in our city. Organizations such as YPN Miami that serve our community must engage in collective unions that will elevate our resources and leverage our strengths. To that end, YPN Miami has also partnered with many other young professional/social organizations to expand its reach.
As you learn more about YPN Miami, my hope is that you too will value our mission, while supporting our goal to build a sustainable model for a mentoring and leadership organization that will develop, engage, and empower young diverse professionals to grow and thrive in the South Florida business marketplace.
Yours in service,
Brandon A. Okpalobi
President, YPN Miami
“Let’s be the generation that makes future generations proud of what we did here.”
– President Barack Obama -