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Columbus Young Professionals Week

May 2, 2019


The Columbus Young Professionals Club (CYP Club) has announced its third annual citywide initiative to celebrate Columbus and the amazing amenities around the city for Millennials (emerging leaders, young professionals, and college students). Columbus Young Professionals Week (Columbus YP Week) will be hosted across the Columbus region from Monday, April 29 – Sunday, May 5, 2019 as a collaborative calendar of events & activities. With a steering committee representing more than 50 local young professional organizations, employer resource groups, nonprofits, and local resources, Columbus YP Week expects to attract and engage tens of thousands of attendees.

“Columbus YP Week is a unique and exciting approach to getting the next generation of Columbus leaders more connected across central Ohio,” said Derek Grosso, CEO of the Columbus Young Professionals Club. “In collaborating with these many great organizations to showcase events, organizations, causes, and employers, we are truly aspiring to be a part of ‘The Columbus Way’.”

In 2018, Columbus YP Week welcomed more than 3,000 attendees and contributed an estimated economic impact of $50,000 to the Columbus region. This year promises to be even bigger, including the addition of the Columbus YP Week Kickoff Party at the Idea Foundry in Franklinton on April 29 from 5:30-8pm, which is free to attend and will feature a networking/expo style event that offers social connections, business networking, live performances, magic shows, food stations with free food samples, trivia games with $500 in prizes, giveaways, music, interactive makerspace activities, and more.

Columbus YP Week will offer dozens of events and activities, including networking mixers, leadership workshops, volunteer efforts, job fairs, educational talks, and social gatherings.
New partnerships this year include the support of Huntington Bank, BBB of Central Ohio, Columbus Business First, ScriptDrop, IGS, Rev1 Ventures, and OhioHealth.

The two largest events include: YP Week Kickoff on April 29 at the Idea Foundry from 5:30-8pm and the Columbus Volunteer Expo on May 2 at Dave & Buster’s Hilliard from 5:30-8pm. Both of these event are free to attend and all are welcome.

The Columbus Volunteer Expo will welcome nearly 60 different nonprofits looking for volunteers and new board members in an interactive and fun trade-show style event.

More than 50 YP Week Partners have stepped up to support the initiative, including the Conway Center for Family Business, Columbus Inspires, Columbus Young Professionals Club, COTA, Create Columbus Commission, Experience Columbus, Femergy, Hilliard Chamber, Human Resources Association of Central Ohio (HRACO), Jewish Columbus, NAWBO, New Albany Chamber, Ohio History Connection, Serve Ohio, The Women’s Fund, United Way of Central Ohio, YWCA, and many others.
Columbus YP Week is for everyone. Most events are free to attend; some have a cost to attend.