Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair by Aaron House

YNPN Chicago Board of Directors Speak!

The 2012 YNPN National Leaders Conference is fast approaching. In less than a week nonprofit professionals from all across the country will be meeting in San Francisco for two and a half days of professional development and leadership building workshops. We’ll get to meet our counterparts in cities all across America. We’ll rediscover ourselves all over again in emerging chapter representatives and see our future selves in and amongst our affiliate chapters.

Now I want to take a minute to share some of the statistics YNPN National has posted, because as Dan made clear in his post, without data we get mythology, and these numbers are empowering.

  • Our network includes 34 YNPN chapters representing over 40,000 young nonprofit professionals working in a variety of capacities. YNPN chapters are building stronger young leaders through programming, education, and networking that provides a career pathway for nonprofit professionals.
  • In 2012, YNPN was named one of the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s “10 Nonprofits to Watch.”
  • The 2012 National Meeting will have over 100 Chapter Leaders in attendance.

I am happy to be amongst six fellow board members representing our Chicago chapter in San Francisco this year.  We are proud that three of our board members will be sharing their knowledge and experience with the wider YNPN community:

These YNPN National Conferences have been personally important for me, galvanizing my commitment to the organization and particularity to my local chapter – YNPN Chicago. When I returned from the Denver Conference two years ago I was energized and excited to share my experience with those board members who could not attend. The experience also lead to my decision to accept my chapter’s nomination to become the next Executive Co-Chair.

This October I’ll be rolling off the board after four years of board service and five years of participation within the organization. It’s truly been the experience of a lifetime, the professional growth and personal connections I’ve made along the way are priceless.

Aaron House is currently the Executive Co-Chair of YNPN Chicago. A long time resident of Chicago, Aaron currently works as the Training Manager at the University of Chicago’s central office URA (University Research Administration). He believes in the power of words and clear communication.

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