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, February 26, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    Open Books West Loop in Chicago, IL

    Coffee with Nine Strangers

    YNPN Chicago’s signature program, Coffee with Nine Strangers, gives young professionals who are currently part of, or are interested in, the nonprofit sector an opportunity to network with like-minded peers and engage in small-group discussions around professional topics. Coffee with Nine Strangers is a great way to meet new people, discover a new space, and keep your networking skills fresh.

    This core of this event is a 45-minute small-group conversation on issues relevant to work in the nonprofit sector. Discussion groups are facilitated by YNPN Chicago members and are shaped by participant experiences, concerns, and questions. You’ll have time to network with the full group before and after the conversation group.

    This is one of YNPN Chicago’s most popular programs, so secure your spot by registering today!

    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.

  • Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    Forefront in Chicago, IL

    Life in the Nonprofit Lane: The Realities of Working For Social Good

    According to Independent Sector, nonprofits employ more than 11% of the Illinois workforce. Why do so many of us choose this career path? Is working for a nonprofit the best way to make an impact in your community? Is it possible to maintain a healthy work-life balance while dedicating your career to helping others? How can you help to create a healthy work culture in these high-stakes environments?

    Join YNPN Chicago and Chicago Impact Network as we consider these questions and more with a panel of seasoned nonprofit leaders. Be sure to bring thoughtful questions and your business cards, as there will be ample time for sharing and networking throughout the evening.

    Learn more about your panelists below:

    Andreason Brown, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Spencer Foundation

    Andreason Brown works at the Spencer Foundation in Chicago, which supports high-quality investigation of education through its research programs. He is responsible for all accounting and information technology functions of this $500+ million private Foundation. Andreason most recently served in the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Forefront (formerly Donors Forum), the Illinois membership association for grant makers and nonprofits.

    Andreason serves on several local and national boards in support of the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. He is immediate past Board Chair of the African American Legacy Fund at the Chicago Community Trust and an appointed Board Member of the Illinois State Treasurer's Charitable Trust Stabilization Fund. Andreason frequently speaks and advises on organizational sustainability, finance, budgeting, and strategic development.

    Born and raised in West Michigan and a Chicago resident since 1995, Andreason holds a B.S. in Economics from Central Michigan University and M.S. in Nonprofit Management from DePaul University.

    Jocelyn Rizzo, Network Services Team Lead, ComPsych

    Jocelyn is from Joliet, Illinois and earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and French as well as a minor in Criminal Justice Studies at Iowa State University. Following her studies she volunteered until she landed her first job at Catholic Charities for their Head Start program. She then lived abroad for two years honing her French speaking skills while teaching English at various levels in an educational priority area.

    Her experience at a transitional housing shelter, O'hare international airport and with managed care reflect her interest in living with intention, in different cultures and in human rights. All of which led her to accept her current managerial role in an Employee Assistance program, keeping quality of life and mental health as a focus.


    With over thirteen years in the field, she is a servant leader, a relator and an avid learner. She learns the most through the exchange of ideas and collaboration. She stays motivated to do her best by maintaining focus on the individual and the difference it makes for them.


    Jocelyn is always looking for ways to improve and take on new adventures including this opportunity to speak to you tonight!


    Stacy Gilmer, Organizational Development Specialist, Planned Parenthood of Illinois

    Stacy specializes in the connection between employee engagement and patient experience by supporting teams to enhance their effectiveness and leadership competencies. She designed and facilitates the internal leadership and mentorship programs. Prior to PPIL, Stacy was a youth sexual health educator with the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health.

    Stacy is a member of the 2019 YNPN Chicago Leadership Institute cohort. She received a B.A. from Saint Louis University in Political Science and is a trained full spectrum doula. Stacy is a mom to two kids under three years old. In her downtime, she enjoys yoga, the New York Times crossword puzzle, and reality TV.