As we close out the 2012-2013 year in YPAL, we take a look back at some of the major accomplishments of the organization under the leadership of President Phillip Roberts.  With a focus on professional development, we created two standout programs this year. The first was a six-part $#*! I Wish I Knew series featuring 12 members of the YPAL Advisory Council.  Each shared their wisdom and advice on topics from unspoken business protocol and work life balance, to the importance of investing in yourself.

Second, moving a step closer to completing our strategic plan, we created a formal training program for leadership development for our members. In June, 27 people graduated from the first Emerging Leaders Program after completing 16 hours of training focused on addressing personal leadership style and development needs of the next generation of community leaders. This program will be offered to members twice each year moving forward. Special thanks to John Weis and Chris Schulz for their hard work in designing and implementing the program.

2012-13 Annual Report Cover






View the 2012-2013 Annual Report

2012-2013 Highlights:

  • Promoted our first full-time employee, Emma Brown to Executive Director. 
  • Launched a three part professional book series discussing Yum! Brands CEO David Novak’s book, “Taking People with You” in conjunction with Yum!’s Young Professionals Group G2.  Mr. Novak joined the group on the final day to lead a discussion.   
  • A new five-part series titled “Developing Louisville” focused on the technology field and was kicked off by Mayor Fischer and Louisville’s Director of Economic Growth & Innovation, Ted Smith.
  • Senator Mitch McConnell, Congressman John Yarmuth, and several JCPS and Metro Council candidates spoke at events during the lead up to the 2012 general elections. 
  • Partnered with the Rotary Club to bridge the gap between young professional and veterans industry professionals.
  • YP Day at the Capitol continued to involve YP groups from around the state to converge on Frankfort to meet key state legislators.    


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