Council members within the YP Network are some of the most dynamic, ambitious, and connected young leaders in Chicago. Through the 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.Join today
Nearly 1,500 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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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.
2020-21 YP Ambassadors
Product Manager, Strata Decision Technology
Reporting Analyst, BMO Harris
Associate, Amazon Logistics
Associate Portfolio Manager, Artisan Partners
Assistant Vice President, Capital Markets Compliance, Fifth Third Bank
Associate Director of Development, DePaul University College of Law
Associate, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Senior Consulting Analyst, Accenture
Mike Del Zoppo
Account Manager, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.
Partner, Boston Consulting Group
Business Analytics Lead, Braviant Holdings
Manager of Career Services, UtmostU
VP – Corporate Strategy, PNC Financial Services Group
Manager, Customer Success Team, PayPal
Associate Consultant, Communications, Campbell & Company
NUPIP Fellow, Cook County Government
Recruiting and Retention NCO, Illinois Army National Guard
Assistant Director, Global Programs, Kellogg School of Management
Vice President, Global Growth Consultant, Publicis Groupe
Associate Attorney, The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane
Associate, Goldman Sachs
Program Associate, Arabella Advisors
Brian Juhyuk Lee
Consultant, Ernst & Young
Behavioral Product Manager, Morningstar
Digital Campaigns Director, Win Without War
Vice President, Ziegler Investment Bank
Deputy Director, the Obama Foundation
Vice President of Executive Sales, Dream Town Realty
International Operations Specialist, FourKites
Associate, K&L Gates LLP
Manager, Global Market Research and Analytics, Abbott
Director of Communications and Engagement, All of Us Program, Northwestern University
Vice President of Marketing, 7QUBES
Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, JP Morgan Chase
Managing Consultant, Paradigm Tax Group
Senior Engineer, Exponent
Digital Marketing Manager, RXBAR
Immigration Officer, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Manager, American Dental Association
Senior Corporate Accountant, US Foods
Associate Equity Analyst, Morningstar
Associate, DLA Piper
YP Network Benefits
YP Network Benefits:
- Access to 20+ YP-only programs and events each year
- Invitation to the annual members-only YP Town Square 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
Next Gen Leaders Impact the Council
The YP Network is the lifeblood of the Council and its young professionals consistently drive inquiry and impact throughout the organization. Donate now to fuel our efforts to foster the next generation of global leaders through providing world-class expertise on the critical global issues of our time. Your investment in the Council enhances every aspect of our mission to influence the public discourse on solutions to the world’s largest issues.
Cocktails & Conversations with Council YP
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.
YP Leadership Lunches
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 Square
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 Global Storytelling Slam.
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.