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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.

How do I or my employees get involved:

If you or your employees are interested in being a part of the Young Professional Network, please complete the signup form or contact Ashley Garcia at 717.397.3531.

Is there a fee to join the Young Professional Network?

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!

What's in it for me or my employees?

  • 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
  • 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.

What's coming up?

Here's how you can get involved and start making connections!

  • YPN Progressive Mixer - June 22 from 5 to 8 p.m.
    The Progressive Mixer is designed to enhance awareness, understanding and engagement of young professionals in the Chamber’s advocacy initiatives, prosperity indicators and its partners in a casual setting. The Mixer will shed light on affordable housing, an active transportation plan and immigration. The Mixer locations, to date, are Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership and Literacy Council of Lancaster County. The cost to attend is $15 and is open to all young professionals. To register, Click Here.

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.

YPN Spotlight – Featuring a new young professional each month

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 Sarah Centini of RLPS Architects

Name: Sarah Centini
Title: Director of Client Services
Company: RLPS Architects

Job Responsibilities: Most of my time is concentrated on building and maintaining relationships within the education markets (K-12 and Higher Education) and locally in Central PA. I also work closely with our marketing department to help develop marketing materials, complete proposals, coordinate our involvement in conferences and manage association memberships.

Resources: (favorite app, book, magazine, article reference, blog, twitter follower, etc...) To stay organized and have notes available at a moment's notice, I utilize ACT! CRM software. It has an easy-to-use phone application that allows me to access notes and appointment details on the road.

I read a lot of different types of books and publications. It is typical for me to be in the middle of reading two or three books at one time, however since hearing him speak at the 2016 Lancaster Chamber Dinner I have concentrated on devouring Malcolm Gladwell's books. His writing influences both my personal and professional life. If I had to pick my favorite book it would be
Tuesdays with Morrie because it is packed with such simple life lessons that we often overlook or forget to remember. I've read it three times.

Latest Nugget of Knowledge:
Since I've just started reading Blink by Gladwell and because I often overanalyze situations - "Decisions made very quickly can be every bit as good as decisions made cautiously and deliberately...There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis." - Malcolm Gladwell

  • AS A YOUNG PROFESSIONAL, WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST VALUABLE PART OF GETTING INVOLVED WITH THE LANCASTER CHAMBER & YPN
    The connections I make and the energy that I feel after attending a Chamber or YPN event are equally valuable. I truly enjoy meeting new people, hearing their stories and their ideas. Without fail, at every YPN event I attend there is energy throughout the room that inspires me to get more involved. Having moved to Lancaster County last year, the Chamber and YPN events have allowed me to really connect with all that Lancaster has to offer from its businesses and its people.
     
  • WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?
    My hope is that I will continue to learn and get to a point in my career where I am in a position to be an educator or presenter.
     
  • WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?
    Positive feedback from clients. Hearing that they are happy or looking forward to another project with the RLPS Team is a huge motivator. Equally as motivating is hearing how happy staff are to be working on a new project. Sometimes staff will talk to me about opportunities that we're pursuing and before we even know if we will be selected for the project they ask how they can be assigned to the project team. Their confidence in our team and their positive energy keeps me motivated.

    Also, my fiancé. He is my biggest supporter and motivator during the tough days - leading by example while he juggles college classes and work daily.