In the age of the “America First” modus operandi, is US soft power—expressed through culture, education, diplomacy and aid—declining? Marine Corps University associate professor Craig Hayden and Georgetown University professor Cynthia Schneider dissect "Captain America and Hip-Hop: American Soft Power Diplomacy Dissected."Register Today
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 and 2017 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 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
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
2019-2020 YP Ambassadors
Annual Giving Officer, the Rotary Foundation
Pricing Strategy Manager, Uber Freight
Co-Portfolio Manager, Global Value Strategies, Artisan Partners
Assistant Vice President, Capital Markets Compliance, Fifth Third Bank
Michael Bruce III
Events Manager, the Chill Foundation
Associate Director of Development, DePaul University College of Law
Associate, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Assistant to the President and Executive Director, Comer Education Campus
Assistant Vice President, Specialty Markets, BMO Financial Group
Manager, Accounts Team, Braintree
Associate Consultant, Communications, Campbell & Company
Project Specialist, Hooker DeJong, Inc. Architects, Engineers, Planners
US State Department Fellow, United Nations Association of Chicago
Supply Chain Manager, Home Chef
Senior Outreach Planner, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Startups Manager, Future Founders
Associate, Goldman Sachs
Digital Communications Manager, Illinois State Comptroller
Program Associate, Arabella Advisors
Associate Behavioral Designer, Morningstar
Account Supervisor, L.C. Williams & Associates
Deputy Director, the Obama Foundation
Vice President of Executive Sales, Dream Town Realty
Associate, Baker & McKenzie
Juan Pablo Moreno
Associate, Mayer Brown
Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Development, University of Chicago
Economic Specialist, Consulate General of Japan
MBA Student, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Manager, Global Market Research and Analytics, Abbott
Marketing Strategy and Special Projects, Envoy Global
Regional Director, Service to the Armed Forces and International Services, American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois
Director of Communications and Engagement, All of Us Program, Northwestern University
Vice President of Marketing, 7QUBES
Consulting Senior Analyst, Accenture
Deputy Commissioner, Cook County Board of Review
Senior Engineer, Exponent
Director, Health & Wellness Partnerships, National Dairy Council
Digital Merchant, Walgreens
Immigration Officer, US Citizenship and Immigration Services
Partner, Cimarron Funds
Vice President, Portfolio Management-Construction, Red Stone Equity Partners, LLC
Senior Accountant, US Foods
Upper School Teacher, Latin School of Chicago
Associate, DLA Piper
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.
Matthew Ozawa, Opera Director, An American Dream, Lyric Opera of Chicago; Kelley Szany, Vice President of Education and Exhibitions, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
Issues: Global Immigration.
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.