2016 was a busy year! As Board Chair, I am excited to share some of last year's highlights and some of what we are looking forward to in 2017.
YNPN Portland programming and action is guided by our Five Pillars of Leadership Development and a commitment to Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion. I am proud of the opportunities and spaces that YNPN Portland creates for learning and connection.
Activate! Summit: Portland served as host city for the YNPN National Conference in August, which brought together 100+ chapter leaders from YNPN locations across the country. Day one of the conference engaged 250+ local social sector leaders in a day of professional development training, and featured Vu Le, author of Nonprofit With Balls. 96% of surveyed attendees learned something new about their leadership or the sector and 93% felt the Activate! Summit was an inclusive and welcoming space.
Accessible and Relevant Professional Development Events: YNPN Portland is committed to providing low cost and high value opportunities for growth. In 2016, we explored topics including Self Care, Equity, and Homelessness & Housing through 4 events engaging 200 individuals. YNPN is committed to cost never being a barrier by keeping ticket prices low and providing scholarships for all events.
Ongoing Network Building: We hosted 7 networking, service, and social events in 2016 across the Portland metro area. These events are always free, and sometimes we even buy the snacks and drinks!
New Board Leaders: In July 2016, we invited 5 new Board Members to join YNPN Portland. The board is now 14 strong and is an impressive and inspiring bunch!
Looking Ahead to 2017:
Member Survey: We want to take some time in early 2017 to hear from you. Who you are, what you do, and how YNPN Portland can be of better service to you. Look for an email soon with a link to a short survey. The results will shape the direction and focus of YNPN Portland programs moving forward.
January 14th Service Project: Kick the new year off right with a little service to others. Join YNPN & Urban League Young Professionals at one of two projects on Saturday, January 14th celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. RSVP now to save your spot.
March with YNPN on January 21st: Want to participate in the March on Portland? If you’re looking for folks to march with, join us. We’ll meet up a little early and march together. Invite your family and friends, all are welcome. This march is to ENGAGE, ENCOURAGE, and EMPOWER. RSVP to say we’ll see you there.
I look forward to the coming year and to all the great that lies ahead!
See you out there,
Megan O'Leary, YNPN Portland Board Chair