Nearly 2,000 smart, sophisticated Council members under the age of 40 participate in the Council's YP Network. Through this network, you will see, hear, and interact with the world's most influential thinkers and doers; rub shoulders and network with Chicago’s rising young business and civic leaders; and gain insights needed to compete in a fast-changing global economy.

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Ranked the #1 Think Tank to Watch worldwide by the prestigious University of Pennsylvania “2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index," the Chicago Council on Global Affairs engages not only the nation’s and world’s top leaders but also Chicago’s next generation of leaders. Nearly 2,000 smart, sophisticated Council members under the age of 40 participate in the Council's YP Network. Through this network, you will see, hear, and interact with the world's most influential thinkers and doers; rub shoulders and network with Chicago’s rising young business and civic leaders; and gain insights needed to compete in a fast-changing global economy.

To get involved in the YP Network, join the Council.


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YP Network Benefits

YP Network Benefits:

  • Access to 20+ YP-only programs and events each year
  • Invitation to the annual YP Town Hall with Council President Ivo Daalder
  • Reserved YP section at larger Council public programs to facilitate networking
  • A monthly YP e-news with insider updates
  • Discounted admission to select Council symposia
  • Access to Council Young Professionals social media community 
  • Unique opportunities to gain insights on the international policies and issues that the next generation of leaders face 

​Become an active member through our Individual Membership, President’s Club or Leadership Circles to get involved. 

YP Ambassadors

YP Ambassadors are a select group of leaders from among the approximately 2,000 Council YP Network members, and are essential to the success of the Council's Young Professionals program. YP Ambassadors are chosen to represent their peers and help serve as the voice of the next generation at the Council.

Benefits of Being a YP Ambassador

  • Opportunity to bring ten (10) prospective members for free during the year to Council events
  • Opportunity to serve as a brand ambassador for the Chicago Council's Young Professionals Network
  • Access to Council leadership at YP Ambassador meetings and other special opportunities
  • Recognition as a YP Ambassador on YP Network webpage and a special nametag at YP events
  • Invitations to select leadership events, dinners, roundtables, and other special opportunities
  • Invitation to the Global Leadership Awards Dinner at a discounted rate


2018-2019 YP Ambassadors

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Kendall Abbey
Annual Giving Officer, the Rotary Foundation

Angela Adduci
Rick and Infrastructure Intelligence Analyst, Argonne National Lab 

Maysem Alsaidi
Carrier Relations and Procurement Manager, Redwood Logistics

Justin Bandy
Associate Portfolio Manager, Artisan Partners 

Euler Bropleh
Managing Director, VestedWorld

Lauren Bursey
Associate, Mayer Brown LLP

Jessica Butler
Director of Institutional Advancement, Governors State University 

John Cranshaw
Associate Director, UBS Asset Management

Kay Fillingham
Assistant Vice President, BMO Financial Group

Brendan Fitzgibbons
Associate Strategist, Egg Strategy

Joi Freeman
Marketing Director, YMCA of the USA

Joshua Hahn
Project Specialist, Hooker DeJong, Inc.

Esther Han 
Account Executive, Chicago Woman Magazine

Signe Hanson
Procurement Excellence Analyst, Home Chef

Kelwin Harris
Senior Outreach Planner, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Tina Hrabak
Assistant Director, Global Programs, Kellogg School of Management

Michael Hubbard II
Research Analyst, William Blair

Alison Kalantzis
Communications Coordinator North America, AkzoNobel

Jeffrey Koh
Associate, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP

Alex Kummerer
Financial Analyst, Goldman Sachs

David Kurczewski
International and Commercial Counsel, Brunswick Corporation 

Lindsey Lucenta
Account Supervisor, L.C. Williams & Associates

Aaron Masliansky
Real Estate Consultant, Dream Town Realty

Danielle Mayall
Client Services Manager, Mintel

Colin McGee
Associate, Baker & McKenzie

Roland Nassim
Senior Consultant, CVS Health

Daniela One
Economic Specialist, Consulate General of Japan

Katie Parsons
Senior Project Manager, 270 Strategies

Maria Ptouchkina
Lead Consultant, Isobar 

Jayant Rajpurohit
Consultant, Absolutdata Technologies

Monica Rodriguez
Student Services Director, UIC International 

Nelson Rosario
Associate, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP

Jeremy Rothschild
Director of Marketing, 7QUBES

Falak Shah
Senior Engineer, Exponent

Brendan Seyring
Deputy, Cook County Board of Review

William Swee
Partner, Cimarron Funds

Matthew Thomson
Senior Analyst, AMLI Residential 

Jenson Varghese
Vice President, Portfolio Management-Construction, Red Stone Equity Partners 

Bing Wang
Upper School Teacher, Latin School of Chicago

Upcoming Events

Exclusive Programming

YP Meet-Ups

Enjoy “cocktails and conversation” in a casual setting while exploring global topics on a deeper level. Get up close and personal with global experts while connecting with peers in an intimate setting.

Next Generation Discussion Series

Fosters professional development through roundtable discussions with Council Emerging Leaders alumni, business executives, and local experts. Early access is granted to President's Circle members of the YP network.

YP Town Hall 

Get up-close-and-personal with Council president Ivo Daalder and share your feedback and ideas for the Council YP Network.

YP Fundraiser Event 

Put your global knowledge to the test and help raise money for your YP Network at the annual YP Global Affairs Quiz fundraiser event. 

YP Signature Events 

Build your network and grow your social circle by meeting other young Chicagoans. Join us for exciting events like our Council 360° and Next Generation Forum Reception in June. 

Speaker Dinners

Go beyond the headlines by engaging in off-the-record discussions with speakers while exploring the exciting Chicago culinary scene. Eligible for President's Circle members and above.


Sip a cocktail, mingle with members, and continue the conversation about global issues following larger Council public programs.