Young Professionals Connection, the largest YP organization in central Iowa, is taking applications for its 2013 board. So for this week’s Thursday YP Conversation, I talked with president-elect Lindsay Alderman, 31, about why interested YPs should think about diving into a board position, how she got to where she is, and more.
Q: Let’s start with this: Tell me, as simply as possible, what YPC is and why it’s an important piece of the YP puzzle in central Iowa.
YPC is a focused extension of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The GDSMP is supported by 24 regional Affiliate Chambers and business organizations and more than 4,300 regional member businesses. The mission is simple: to maximize local resources to address opportunities for economic and community growth. YPC was created to give a voice to the YPs in the community that want to be involved. Our efforts focus on connecting young professionals to each other and to the community through social, civic, charitable, and professional development endeavors.
Q: How did you get started in YPC? And how did you rise to the rank of president-elect?
I was first exposed to YPC through the Impact Downtown’s Trash Bash event several years back. It was such a unique event, and I was so inspired by the group involved leading that effort that I knew I needed to become a member and get involved. From there, I decided to run for the Charitable Board, where I knew I would have, what I considered, the most impact. As a board member, I fell even more in love with my community, YPC, and its members that I knew I wanted to commit myself to the organization for at least three years – the board term commitment for running for president. (President-Elect, President, Past President: each 1 year).