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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!

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 Matthew Wardecker of Armstrong Relocation

Name: Matthew Wardecker 
Title: Commercial Account Executive
Company: Armstrong Relocation

Job Responsibilities: Being the Commercial Account Executive includes: meeting with businesses that need to relocate their facilities / getting businesses products all over the county / providing asset management and distribution services / having the ability to think on your feet / and problem solving.

Resources: (favorite app, book, magazine, article reference, blog, twitter follower, etc...) I think the resource I use most is my experience and training from the U.S. Army.  When helping a client with a facility relocation or with the distribution of a product there isn't much room for error.  In the Army, I learned how to minimize risk and use every resource at my disposal to accomplish complex objectives. 
I also use an Asset Management System called Windfall to track each customer's commercial property.  I know it doesn't sound exciting, but it's actually a pretty fun system to use and saves a lot of time.  I think the reason I like it so much is because I love to organize things.   

             
Latest Nugget of Knowledge:
"Have you ever stopped to consider what work is? Let me put work in its simplest form.  Work is moving things and rearranging them. We have something over here and we work to put it over there." - A.W. Tozer

  • AS A YOUNG PROFESSIONAL, WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST VALUABLE PART OF GETTING INVOLVED WITH THE LANCASTER CHAMBER & YPN?
    I moved here in January 2017. The Lancaster Chamber and YPN were both very instrumental in getting me connected with the local community. By showing up to as many Chamber Events as possible, I now feel like I've lived in this area for a lot longer than 6 months. The connections and relationships I've built have been the most valuable part of getting involved with the Lancaster Chamber.  
     
  • WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?
    My goal is to build a team and a network that can be responsive and move quickly to serve people.  I love implementing new processes that help get things accomplished more efficiently. When I can look back and say that I've done that; then I will have achieved my goal. 
      
  • HOW MOTIVATES YOU?
    I love to problem-solve.  Finding solutions to complex challenges gives me a sense of accomplishment and motivates me for the next challenge.