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“You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together, we can do great things.”

– Mother Theresa

YPN Workgroups are a great way to get involved with the Network. Workgroups each have a chair, a co-chair and an established number of members who can serve in the workgroup at one time. Positions on a workgroup are appointed through a yearly application process, and ad-hoc committees that are open to general membership are created, as needed, for larger projects or events.

Each of the workgroups is designed to reflect a specific category of the YPN mission, to CONNECT, DEVELOP and EMPOWER. Members of a workgroup are able to gain knowledge in teamwork, committee functions, event planning, sponsorship fulfillment, logistical planning, time management and more.



Chair: Stephanie Onstot
Co-Chair: Emily Marion

Acting as ambassadors for the Network, the CONNECT Team is responsible for connecting with new members and working to connect them to each other. CONNECT Team is responsible for planning and leading quarterly New Member Orientations, coordinating ambassadors to greet members at YPN and Chamber events, and assisting Chamber staff in retaining members by building and maintaining relationships within the Network. The CONNECT Team is also responsible for planning and executing select social events throughout the year.



Chair: Ryan Melton
Co-Chair: Tyler Overstreet

Growth and development are key components to becoming a skilled business leader. The Professional Development Team is responsible for planning and facilitating opportunities for learning by scheduling monthly EDTalks, organizing and maintaining information on YPN Mentor Groups and researching seminars, workshops and other educational opportunities that might be relevant to our members.


Chair: Whitney Warren
Co-Chair: Courtney Barnard

The Building Future Leaders Workgroup seeks opportunities to create and implement initiatives designed to identify, cultivate and motivate future community leaders currently enrolled in college. This workgroup is responsible for partnering with Southern Leadership Academy and Dress for Success.



Chair: Shawn Daniel
Co-Chair: Jennifer Little

Service to our community is a vital component to developing effective leadership. Gives Back is tasked with identifying groups in our area that can benefit from additional volunteer support and working with area organizations to partner on ideas and projects that will serve to enhance the quality of life for our residents.


Chair: Drew Kimble
Co-Chair: Christina Williams

This workgroup serves to educate about and advocate for assets (existing and potential) that positively impact our community, increase quality of life and serve to attract new talent and economic growth to the area.

Workgroup Application Form

Have you previously been part of a workgroup, if so, which one (s)?

Applications are due by April 30 and can be submitted via email to Workgroup applications are for one term. At the end of a term, members will not have to reapply but MUST request a continued term from the workgroup Chair via email. If a member is unable to complete their term, they must inform the workgroup Chair via email. Ad-hoc committees may be formed in certain situations where additional members are needed or a special task must be completed.