About YPN

The Young Professionals Network (YPN) supports public relations professionals in their first five years of practice. YPN hosts monthly workshops, panels and socials in partnership with Chicago’s most influential PR agencies and leaders to provide career development and networking opportunities.

In addition to regular programming, the YPN facilitates a mentorship program for communications professionals. Our mentoring program individually matches pairs and supports the development of each new mentoring relationship with monthly check-ins to enhance the learning experience. More details below.

YPN also supports aspiring collegiate public relations professionals. Serving as the chapter’s PRSSA liaison, the Young Professionals Network connects with public relations students and programs at universities throughout greater Chicago to broaden students’ understanding of, and appreciation for, the public relations profession.

Interested in getting involved or want to attend an upcoming program? Contact YPN Committee co-chairs Tarsis Lopez and Kelsey Schroeder at [email protected] for more information.

YPN Panels, SOCIALs and Workshops

YPN hosts regular networking socials and professional-development panels and workshops throughout the year. Topics range from real-time marketing, the secrets behind successful media relations, agency PR versus Corporate PR as well as speed-networking and a Plank Center Week mentorship event.

Mentorship Program

Get involved, grow connections, and share your wisdom. A small commitment (2-3 hours per month for six months) can go a long way!  The program is a great way to get more involved and give back to the PR community. Form a relationship and help today’s young professionals create and work to achieve their career goals. Become a mentor today! Or, if you’re interested in pairing with a mentor (as a mentee), let us know.

Click here for details on how to get involved in our mentorship program. Chicago chapter membership is required to become a part of the program.

For More Information

Contact 2021 YPN Committee co-chairs Jen Beshansky and Deb Song at [email protected] for more information.