Keeping Up With YPN Miami (July 2011 Edition): YPN’s New Mentoring Program, Zo’s Summer Groove, YPN Spotlights

Posted:  July 14th, 2011 by:  YPN MIami comments:  0

IN THIS ISSUE (July 14th):

(1) YPN Miami Kicks off Mentorship Program (July 27th)
(2) YPN Miami & Zo’s Summer Groove Teams Up (July 23rd)
(3) YPN Year-to-Date
(4) Could you be YPN’s Next Business Development Chair or Secretary?
(5) Professional Development & Civic Engagement Committee at Work
(6) YPN Spotlights: Monique Hayes, Andrew Kemp-Gerstel, Tamika Nurse, Cedric McMinn, Tonya Thomas, Chef Paul

YPN Miami Kicks off Mentorship Program (July 27th)

Every successful professional and business person can attribute their success to great relationships, and those relationships almost always comes in the form of a mentor. As part of YPN’s mission to connect members to business executives and professionals who can be impactful in your professional and personal growth, we’re kicking off our Mentorship Program on July 27th. with a joint networking mingler with the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce at the Mayfair Hotel & Spa (3000 Florida Ave, Coconut Grove). This is your chance to meet prospective mentors and sign up to be matched with a mentor. (Only paid current members of YPN Miami can actually be matched with a mentor.) RSVP TODAY


YPN & Zo’s Summer Groove Teams Up (July 23rd)

Summers in Miami are always synonymous with Zo’s Summer Groove, and this year you can add YPN Miami to the mix. Our Civic Engagement Committee led by Mike Gelin is working with Alonzo Mourning Charities to have YPN members volunteer at the annual Youth Empowerment Summit on July 23rd.

For more info, visit

YPN Year-to-Date

In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve been super duper busy at YPN Miami making sure that we’re providing members with valuable programming. Thanks to the efforts of YPN’s President, Brandon Okpalobi, along with the entire YPN Executive Board, we are definitely on target with our 2011 theme: “Navigating the World of Business.” 

Here are a few highlights thus far:

— For 2011 alone, we have experienced a 300% increase in membership with 80 members in just 7 months.
YPN Miami & the Palm Beach Urban League Young Professionals Teamed up for a Tri-County Young Professionals Social July 8th
We hosted Road to Success: Keys to Entrepreneurship & Successful Mentorship on June 30
YPN Members attend Tom Joyner’s Secret to a Profitable Business event for free hosted by the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce
Success for the Young Professionals Speed Networking Social on June 16th

For a comprehensive Year-to-Date, visit


Could You Be YPN’s Next Business Development Chair or Secretary?

Like what we’re doing at YPN? Why not join the Executive Board! We are currently filling 2 board seats: Business Development Chair to would be in charge of partnership development and YPN Secretary.

If you’re interested email YPN President, Brandon Okpalobi, at

Professional Development & Civic Engagement Committee at Work

Led by Youseline Poteau, the Professional Development Committee has been hard at work. You might have heard about YPN Miami’s Shark Tank 1.0 back on April 20th, but I bet you probably aren’t aware of the phenomenal job she’s being doing with her committee members. They’ve recently met up for a Business Writing workshop as well as a technology and social media workshop presented by YPN’s Technology Chair, Chris Payne. She even sends her committee members suggested business books to read along with daily quotes.

If you’re a member, be sure to join the Professional Development Committee by contacting Youseline at If you’re not a member but are interested, be sure to submit your membership application along with your dues in order to join the committee.

Mike Gelin, Civic Engagement Committee Chair is also holding a committee introduction meeting this Friday, July 15th at Aromas of Havana (14781 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami Beach). Email Mike at

YPN Spotlights

We love to shine the spotlight on young professionals climbing the ladder of success. The new YPN website features a new Spotlight every week and can be viewed on our YPN Spotlight page.

Interested in being spotlighted? Submit your info at

Most recent spotlights:
Monique Hayes, Esq.
Andrew Kemp-Gerstel, Esq.
Tamika Nurse, The It Girl Rules
Cedric McMinn of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.
Tonya Thomas of Daughters2Mothers and Divine Care Inc.
Chef Paul


New & Exciting YPN Website

Be sure to stop by our new & exciting website at and stay abreast of all of our happenings by subscribing to our RSS Feeds at

The new YPN website features:

Career resources to help you advance
Events in & around The Community
Events at the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce
Upcoming Event Calendar



Brandon Okpalobi

Jermaine Lee

Ntiense Inokon
E: ntiense@ypnmiami

Carlyn Tribble
Membership Chair

Chaynea Fox-Sampson
Professional Development Chair

Youseline Poteau
Professional Development Vice-Chair

Kenisha Brown
Mentorship Program Chair

Hans C. Malebranche
Mentorship Program Co-Chair

Sean O’Neill
Business Development Chair

Asriele Stubbs
Business Development Co-Chair

Fabiola Fleuranvil
Communications Chair

Stephanie Gaywood
Civic Engagement Chair

Chris Payne
Technology Chair

Jessica Geter
MDCC Liaison

How to reach us:

P: (305) 751-8648




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