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Young Professionals Initiative

YPs are business professionals and corporate leaders between ages 21 and 40. They are motivated, educated and community-conscious individuals.
They work hard, play hard, and make a difference in their community.


YPI is designed to create a network of community leaders under the age of 40 in efforts to enhance the development of Northwest Louisiana for attraction and retention of young professionals.


Being a part of YPI, provides networking and education opportunities, awareness for you and your business, and a platform for you to make a difference in the community.


Quarterly Lunch & Learns
These events provide an opportunity for members and guests to gather to hear speakers of interest to the community. The learning environment and fellowship provide an engaging environment to develop friendships and foster common interests.

Monthly YPI Socials offer casual after hours networking and social opportunities for young professionals at unique venues across the Shreveport-Bossier region. Don’t forget your business cards!

40 Under Forty Awards
The 40 Under Forty Awards profile Northwest Louisiana’s outstanding entrepreneurs, executives, managers, and professionals in public, private, or non-profit sectors. Winners are chosen based on such values as achievement, experience and innovation, vision, leadership, and community involvement.

The 40 Under Forty Awards Gala is held each December. The awards ceremony is the signature event of the Young Professionals Initiative and is presented by The Forum.

Click here for a list of past 40 Under Forty Honorees

YPI also recognizes a Philanthropy of the Year.
Click here for more information about the Philanthropy of the Year program.


– Chair –
Carly Keon
United Way

– 40 Under 40 Chair –
Liz Crews
Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourism Bureau

– Communications Chair –
Alex Einerson
North Louisiana Economic Partnership

– Community Outreach Chair –
Marie Johnson
Elle Foundation HVRP

​- Professional Development Chair –
Dr. Kenya Roberts
Caddo Parish Schools

– Social Chair –
Craig McCloud

– Secretary –
Lovee Pinson
HealthCare Express

– Chair Elect –
Liz Crews
Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourism Bureau

​- 40 Under 40 Co-Chair –
Dellanee Wade
Southern University at Shreveport

– Communications Co-Chair –
Victor Thomas
Southern University at Shreveport

– Community Outreach Co-Chair –
Logan Lewis
Red River Revel

​- Professional Development Co-Chair –
Renisha Sanders
Cardinaux Wealth Advisors

– Social Co-Chair –
Taryn Chandler

​- Secretary Co-Chair –
Dollie Ogletree
First Guaranty Bank

Members at Large:

    • Brittany Pike, Cyber Innovation Center
    • Dezerra Wesley, Young Pros Entertainment
    • Johnathan Wall, BOM
    • Sara Aymond Nelms, Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission
    • Sophia Herron, Gingerbread House
    • Ryan Best, Townsquare Media Shreveport
    • Toye Moseley, Harper Law Firm