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

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    Joy District in Chicago, IL

    Speed Networking

    Speed Networking Happy Hour

    Kick off the new year by growing your professional network in a fast, casual environment! 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. Enjoy light passed appetizers and drink specials from 6-8pm.

    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 6:10pm.

    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.

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    Forefront in Chicago, IL

    Informational Interviewing 101

     

    Informational interviews are a powerful tool for building your network and discovering opportunities - but where do you start? This program will provide you with the knowledge and practice needed to add informational interviewing to your networking repertoire.

    Program Details

    Career coaches, guidance counselors, and business publications all agree: informational interviews are one of the most valuable tools for building your network and discovering opportunities - but where to begin? In this interactive workshop, non-profit pro Karen Roddie will provide you with the knowledge and practice needed to add informational interviewing to your networking repertoire. Karen is the Senior Community Partnership Specialist for Communities In Schools of Chicago, a non-profit organization that connects Chicago public school students with programs and services they need that their schools often cannot provide. She is also a business owner, author, and creator of The Chicago in 77 Project.

    Speaker Information

    Karen Roddie is the Senior Community Partnership Specialist for Communities In Schools of Chicago, a non-profit organization that connects Chicago public school students with programs and services they need that their schools often cannot provide.

    Karen joined Communities In Schools of Chicago in 2011. She is responsible for building and cultivating relationships with agencies that provide a variety of behavioral and mental health programs, such as individual counseling and services that promote social and emotional learning. Her work also requires facilitating agency and school collaboration, trainings, and seeking out high-quality services that best meet the priorities of CIS of Chicago schools. She aids community partners in reflecting on their trauma-informed practices, program assessment, diversity and inclusion, and how to help students build social and emotional learning skills.

    Prior to Communities In Schools of Chicago, Karen worked for the Chicago Postsecondary Transition Project at the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago. There she managed the process of and conducted qualitative analysis of several projects that examined Chicago Public School students and their transition from high school to college.

    She is also a business owner, author, and creator of The Chicago in 77 Project. Karen is an alumna of Ashland University and she earned her master’s degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

    Ticket Details

    Member Pricing

    $10 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

    $12 Public Ticket