Nearly 2,000 smart, sophisticated Council members under the age of 45 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 45 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.
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
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.
- 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
Annual Giving Officer, the Rotary Foundation
Rick and Infrastructure Intelligence Analyst, Argonne National Lab
Carrier Relations and Procurement Manager, Redwood Logistics
Associate Portfolio Manager, Artisan Partners
Managing Director, VestedWorld
Associate, Mayer Brown LLP
Director of Institutional Advancement, Governors State University
Associate Director, UBS Asset Management
Assistant Vice President, BMO Financial Group
Associate Strategist, Egg Strategy
Marketing Director, YMCA of the USA
Project Specialist, Hooker DeJong, Inc.
Account Executive, Chicago Woman Magazine
Procurement Excellence Analyst, Home Chef
Senior Outreach Planner, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Assistant Director, Global Programs, Kellogg School of Management
Michael Hubbard II
Research Analyst, William Blair
Communications Coordinator North America, AkzoNobel
Associate, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
Financial Analyst, Goldman Sachs
International and Commercial Counsel, Brunswick Corporation
Account Supervisor, L.C. Williams & Associates
Real Estate Consultant, Dream Town Realty
Client Services Manager, Mintel
Associate, Baker & McKenzie
Senior Consultant, CVS Health
Economic Specialist, Consulate General of Japan
Senior Project Manager, 270 Strategies
Lead Consultant, Isobar
Consultant, Absolutdata Technologies
Student Services Director, UIC International
Associate, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
Director of Marketing, 7QUBES
Senior Engineer, Exponent
Deputy, Cook County Board of Review
Partner, Cimarron Funds
Senior Analyst, AMLI Residential
Vice President, Portfolio Management-Construction, Red Stone Equity Partners
Upper School Teacher, Latin School of Chicago
Craig Hayden, Associate Professor, Security Studies, Marine Corps University; Cynthia Schneider, Distinguished Professor, Practice of Diplomacy, Georgetown University; Former US Ambassador of the Netherlands
Issues: Policy & Politics.
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.
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.