Programs & Events

In addition to building your skills and gaining knowledge, events and programs are an opportunity to broaden and deepen your network by making new connections in the community. To learn more about YNPN Chicago programs, click here.

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 08:00 AM
    Careers in Nonprofits in Chicago, IL

    Standing Out in the Nonprofit Sector

    This event is a great opportunity for those looking stand out while on the search for their next position in the nonprofit sector. The conversation, led by Careers In Nonprofits Senior Manager Stephani Peterson, will dive into the current job market, while giving feedback on how to stand out when it comes to your resume, interviews, and follow up. Come prepared with your notebook, resume, questions, and an open mind! Event will be held at the Careers in Nonprofits office at 33 N Dearborn, Suite 1610, in the Loop.

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 06:30 PM
    Joy District in Chicago, IL

    New Year, New Network! Speed Networking with YNPN Chicago

    Kick off the 2020 decade by growing your professional network in a fast, casual environment! Are you itching to network but feel awkward at big happy hours? Unsure how to approach a new person or what to say? Meet like-minded professionals over happy hour for Speed Networking on Wednesday, January 22.

    Program Details

    Want to meet other like-minded professionals and make strong connections? Are you itching to network but shy away from big happy hours? Need to practice your "pitch" or self introduction? Unsure how to approach a new person or what to say? Then YNPN Chicago’s Speed Networking is for you!

    Speed networking is the business version of speed dating. The event is structured and fast-paced, allowing participants to interact with countless professionals and expand their networks in mere minutes. Crafted to maximize connections in a short amount of time, be sure to have lots of business cards on hand!

    For some, even 2-3 minutes feels too long when you don't know what to say, so YNPN Chicago will provide suggested topics for you to discuss with other event goers. Once the speed networking portion of the program is complete, there will be a designated time for open networking so you can continue conversations from earlier in the evening but also meet new participants.

    This event will be held at Joy District in River North. Our group will be in a private area on the 2nd floor. Exclusive event drink specials include: select $5 beer and $8 glasses of wine (prosecco or rosé) from 6:30-8:30pm.

    Since the event is structured to maximize your time and potential connections, please arrive on time; we will begin the first round of networking promptly at 6:40pm.

    By registering for this event you certify that you are over 21 years of age and able to provide a valid form of identification at the event.

    Ticket Details

    Member Pricing

    $5 Member Ticket

    Please note, to purchase a ticket at the member price, you must be logged in and have a current paid membership on file. Limit 1 member ticket per member. Guest tickets should be purchased at the public ticket price. Contact membership@ynpnchicago.org if you have any questions. 

    Public Ticket Pricing

    $7 Public Ticket

  • Thursday, February 06, 2020 at 06:00 PM

    Fair Tax Teach-In

    Join YNPN Chicago and the Shriver Center on Poverty Law for a teach-in about the Fair Tax Amendment on the November 2020 General Election ballot. The passage of the amendment is critical to providing agencies, social service providers, and the social impact sector with sustainable funding.

    Learn from experts Jeremy Rosen and Lauren Wright about the impact on our sector, and equip yourself with the tools to be an advocate for the Fair Tax in your communities.

    Details

    Illinois is one of only nine states in the U.S. that has a flat income tax structure, and is one of only four states that constitutionally requires a flat income tax. The State is critically underfunded, with insufficient revenue generated to pay for necessary social services. The problem has only grown worse in recent years, as agencies and critical service providers have shut down across the state.

    Under the Fair Tax plan, 97% of Illinois residents would see no income tax increase. Only the 3% of those making more than $250,000 will see their taxes go up, with the largest increases going to those making more than $1 million.

    Since all Illinois constitutional amendments must be approved by the voters, it’s up to us to decide the fate of the Fair Tax amendment on Election Day - November 3, 2020.

    We will be providing light refreshments and snacks at the event.

    Speakers

    Jeremy Rosen Director of Economic Justice, Shriver Center on Poverty Law

    Jeremy is a career civil and human rights lawyer. Most recently, he helped form the Iowa Housing Partnership—Iowa’s first statewide affordable housing coalition. While Executive Director of the ACLU of Iowa, he fought for workplace justice and other civil rights and liberties issues. Before moving to Iowa, Jeremy spent 15 years in Washington D.C. doing legal and lobbying work to ensure people with low income and people experiencing homelessness could access public benefits and affordable housing. Jeremy worked to ensure people were not criminalized simply for being homeless.

    He began his career as a public benefits attorney with Legal Services of Greater Miami. In his spare time, Jeremy has coached Little League Baseball for 17 years.

    Lauren Wright Executive Director, Illinois Partners for Human Services

    Lauren Wright recently joined Illinois Partners for Human Service as their Executive Director.  Illinois Partners is a coalition of more than 800 human service organizations in every legislative district in Illinois, who provide vital services in mental health, disability rights, childcare, youth advocacy, workforce development, immigration services and many other areas.  Lauren holds a Master of International Policy and Practice from George Washington University, and a Master of Arts in Sustainable Development from SIT Graduate Institute. 

    Lauren has spent the past ten years working in the nonprofit sector, focused on coalition building and grassroots advocacy internationally.  Lauren is committed to amplifying the platforms of community organizations, and advocating for the people they serve. 

    Ticket Details

    Member Pricing

    $5 Member Ticket

    Please note, to purchase a ticket at the member price, you must be logged in and have a current paid membership on file. Limit 1 member ticket per member. Guest tickets should be purchased at the public ticket price. Contact membership@ynpnchicago.org if you have any questions. 

    Public Ticket Pricing

    $7 Public Ticket

    Hardship Policy

    We aim to provide accessible professional growth opportunities to all nonprofit professionals and supporters. We keep event fees as low as possible and charge a fee that helps to cover our costs. Individual event fees are not meant to prevent any member or interested person from attending. If you find ticket cost to prohibit your involvement in this event, please fill out this form.