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YOUNG PROFESSIONALS. Asia Regional Conference - Hong Kong April 21, 2012 Helena Hannonen and Corbin Thomander. WHAT is Young Professional?. Young professional groups function as sub-chapters of organized Management Society chapters.

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young professionals


Asia Regional Conference - Hong KongApril 21, 2012

Helena Hannonen and Corbin Thomander

what is young professional
WHAT is Young Professional?
  • Young professional groups function as sub-chapters of organized Management Society chapters.
  • Programs are meant to provide networking, career development, and social activities in addition to the regular chapter programs.
who are young professionals
WHO are Young Professionals ?
  • College age to age 35, with up to 10 years work experience
  • Open to all
    • All professional paths
    • Married or single
    • Church membership or connection to BYU is NOT required
  • The YP organization is run by peers and it operates under the BYU Management Society
  • There was a felt need to support YP
  • Programs can provide contacts and leads for internships and jobs for other young professionals.
  • Some chapters young professionals are sponsoring several events a month
    • social events
    • visits to companies
    • regional lunches
    • skill and knowledge - based seminars
who can help
WHO can help?
  • Chapters can partner with the Young Alumni Organization of the BYU Alumni Association
  • Law Society student chapters ( )
  • Other chapters in the region
  • Other Young Professionals around the world
where to find yp
WHERE to find YP?
  • Use lists:
    • BYU alumni
    • Recent graduates
    • Marriott School interns in the area
    • Local institute attendees
    • Local young single adult wards
    • Exchange students
    • Expatriates
how to start
HOW to start?
  • Find an exemplary young professional who is a go-getter
  • Invite him or her to spearhead the task of organizing Young Professionals in your chapter and area
  • Provide them witha guidebook (Leaders Guide and Leader Resources)
  • Help them along the way as needs be
  • … and you’re good to go.
examples finland and hawaii
EXAMPLES: Finland and Hawaii


  • Young Professionals program in Finland was organized to function with the help of older professionals, but otherwise independently, this program easy to implement.
  • Use graduating students to locally and globally
general overview
General Overview

How YP relates to other organizations

Affiliate entities

LDS Employment Services

Sister organizations E.g. BYU law society

Local schools and other organizations with similar goals

YP Activities



YP President




Steering Committee

Wards and stakes

YP Mentoring


YP Other


Young professionals

Experienced professionals


Young and experienced professionals


A few words from YP members

“ I have made new friends who are willing to help, give advice and who inspire each other to succeed in their careers.

I have learned important hints and tips. For example: it helped me apply to a school and to find new job opportunities"

Diana Tulea,mentoring:

"I am very grateful to have an experienced professional and head of a happy family advise me on my next career steps.

Abe Silvennoinen,activities:

Mentoring has helped me approach the idea of how I could combine motherhood with work life and career. I am happy I feel more calm and confident about a topic that has concerned me earlier. I now know I can have both - provided that I plan well. “


Example schedule: 2010 Finland chapter


How to get started with the committee

Example documents:

Find mentees

  • Mention the program at activities and ask for those interested to approach Mentoring Coordinators
  • Send messages to the YP email list and Facebook group etc. (see examples)

Find mentors

  • Meet with mentoring committee and board to discuss new and unmatched mentees’ needs
  • Find mentors from personal networks or pre-prepared lists with backgrounds and knowledge that can support mentee
  • Ask potential mentor in person or over the phone if they agree to mentor the person
  • Build and keep a list of willing mentors – this list can be built by sending out an mentoring invitation to the management society (see examples), to personal contacts, and by asking local presenters if they would be willing to mentor a person

Facilitate the program

  • After both the mentor and the mentee have agreed to be matched put them in touch with each other and share the “How to get started” information with them (see examples)
  • Send periodical reminders to mentors and mentees to share the latest news and mentoring success stories (see examples)
  • Despite a good match on paper occasionally it is necessary to rematch mentees due to “bad chemistry”
  • In addition to running the program, encourage mentees to find additional mentors for themselves and to make mentoring an active part of their career and life planning

Invitationletter to become a mentee

Invitation to become a mentor


How to getstarted




Example schedule

Invitation to mentors letter sent

Mentor and mentee matched

Invitation to mentees letter sent

YP officers

Quarterly newsletter

Quarterly newsletter

Quarterly newsletter

Mentoring advertised at events

Mentor and mentee express interest in program

Mentor and mentee meet again

Mentor and mentee meet again

Mentors and


Mentor and mentee meet