Young professionals group formed
Published 7:58 pm Monday, April 7, 2014
Washington Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce’s focus on the next generation of leaders in Beaufort County has led to a thriving Washington Young Professionals group.
According to Catherine Glover, director of the chamber, the Washington Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce board of directors decided to form the group as many chambers of commerce have.
The group kicked off in October by inviting professionals in Beaufort County, 18-40 years old to join. The group aims to provide networking opportunities, enhance leadership skills and leads members to become a voice in the community regarding local needs and issues. Members can choose from a selection of activities when they sign up: attending networking events; participate in leadership training with WYP; be part of a committee that plans events or other gatherings; receive information about current community issues and serve on the committee; and participate with mentoring programs with high school and college students.
The group now consists of about 70 members from around Beaufort County.
According to Glover, the group hosted a networking event at the Washington Yacht and Country Club on March 20. Around 50 young professionals met members and other young professionals to establish connections in Beaufort County’s business scene.
“They (the club) made it so we could host this event,” said Glover. “It was a great venue for that and a great partnership because they now have a young membership for people 21 to 40.”
The group recently toured the Beaufort County jail to get a better understanding of the issues involving the debate over the jail.
In October, group members will have the opportunity to attend a leadership event called L2, Learn to Lead. The half-day event is considered a leadercast in which leaders from around the nation will speak to young professionals through a video cast.
“There will be three speakers, including John Maxwell,” Glover said. “They will be nationally-known authors and leaders.”
The group also has upcoming plans for events such as “Meet the Mayor” and an event at the Turnage Theater, in which members will learn about the theater and its role in the business community. Tonight, the group will attend the Beaufort County Community College Job Fair to mentor individuals, helping them with interviewing skills, resumes, follow-ups and proper interview attire.
To sign up for the Washington Young Professionals group, call the Washington Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce at 252-946-9168.