Chamber YPN… What it's all about?
The Young Professional Network (YPN) provides Lancaster Chamber member young professionals (YPs) (suggested age 40 years and under) with a setting to build relationships and develop professionally. The program also helps to cultivate these future leaders and provide them with opportunities for making connections and developing their careers so that they can help shape the future of Lancaster County.
If you or your employees are interested in being a part of the Young Professional Network, please complete the signup form or contact Beth Gerber Miller at 717.397.3531.
There is no fee to join YPN - it is an added bonus of membership with The Lancaster Chamber. If your business or organization is a member of The Chamber, you are too!
- Connect with like-minded professionals and other under 40's.
- Enhance your professional development at various young professional-focused events and programs.
- Mix and mingle with seasoned business professionals who've been there and can share their take on valuable lessons learned.
- Be social through the YPN Blog and YPN Linkedin subgroup
- Get discounted rates on designated Chamber programs and events, such as the Legislative Issues Forum and State of the County
- Subscribe to FlashDrive, a monthly young professional-focused enewsletter that offers tips and resources to help you succeed.
- Receive assistance with speaker requests, book and resource recommendations to advance as a talented, creative and respected leader.
Here's how you can get involved and start making connections!
- Mark 11.13.13 on your calendar for the YPN Sunset Social from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lancaster County Motors and help us send out the second year of YPN in style. This after-hours event is a chance to build connections with 200+ fellow YPs while touring Lancaster County Motors, listening to tunes, enjoying appetizers and refreshments and much more. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.
News, Information & Resources
Check out how you can enhance your knowledge through blogs, articles and more without leaving the office.These recommendations will give you the insight needed to advance as a talented, creative and respected leader.
Each month you'll get a chance to meet a fellow YP through our YPN Spotlight. To check out recently featured YPs, Click Here. This month get to know
: Joseph G. Gebbie of Franklin & Marshall College.
||Name: Joseph G. Gebbie, M.S.Ed., M.P.S.
Title: Director of Employer Partnerships, Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development
Company: Franklin & Marshall College
: I am primarily responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships with
employers, locally, regionally and nationally based, for the purposes of
securing employment, internship, externship and other experiential learning
opportunities for F&M students and post-graduates. I also am responsible for
designing and maintaining sustainable and effective recruiting systems for those
opportunities, as well as developing and delivering programs, events and
resources pertaining to employment trends, industry standards and hiring
Favorite Resources: Two very vital resources for developing and
enhancing career development are:
- Career Services Offices
– Keep in touch with the career services office at your college or in the local
communities. Most institutions are open to coaching not only students but also
alumni with career development and transition.
- LinkedIn – Social media is the topic of conversation and at the
top is LinkedIn. Whether your looking to expand your network, broaden your sales
base or market your company, LinkedIn is a must to have.
- AS A YOUNG PROFESSIONAL, WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST VALUABLE PART OF GETTING INVOLVED WITH THE LANCASTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?
Networking, networking, networking. Through the connections and relationships
that are built by being an active participant in the Chamber, you can not only
increase your customer base but develop great friends too. Networking at Chamber
events has put me in touch with so many amazing people who have been instumental
in developing internships and jobs for the students/alumni at Franklin &
Marshall College. Additionally, it has expanded my circle of friends and
colleagues, developed my professional knowledge base, and even lead me to
finding someone special in my personal life!
- IN WHAT WAYS IS THIS CAREER CHOICE SPECIAL TO YOU?
Life is a journey, and I have explored various pathways in life. My current
career choice is very special to me because I can assist students in developing
their own pathway. During my high school and college life I was confused as to
what I really wanted to accomplish. Looking back, I reflect on the fact that of
utilizing resources and finding mentors would have had a profoundly positive
impact on my life. Now, I am one of those people that can help tos guide
students while they explore post-graduate choices long before they make the jump
into adulthood, whenever that may be.
- DID YOU THINK THIS IS WHAT YOU WOULD DO WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER?
Students come into my office and at first glace, usually, looked perplexed. Mr.
Gebbie, they ask, what's up with all of the different diplomas? My answer: "A
long journey that led me to meeting with you." When I was younger I thought I
was going to be a lawyer. In fact, I spent a short time in law school and
discovered that it wasn't the right fit for me. After receiving degrees in
Criminal Justice, Counseling and a couple others, I landed in career services,
some say by fate. Very few people say, "I want to work in higher education, or
career servces." It was through networking with friends and industry
professionals that I moved my way into higher education.
- WHAT HAVE YOU ACCOMPLISHED AND WHAT WOULD YOU STILL
LIKE TO MASTER IN THE FUTURE?
Everyday is an accomplishment for me. All of the studnets and alumni I help
connect with an internship or job opportunity are my accomplishments. Everytime
I supplement my professional knowledge and utilize my skills to guide students
toward a more meaningful post-graduate life, I have made my mark on society. In
the future, I would love to study for a doctorate in higher edcuation to advance
in my career and make an even bigger impact on my students and profession.
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