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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 –
Jana Freeman Forrest
BOM Bank

– 40 Under 40 Chair –
Claire Childs Bowers
Vintage Realty Company

– Communications Chair –
Kim Stephens
Metro Aviation

– Community Outreach Chair –
Nicole Haney
Lexus of Shreveport

​- Professional Development Chair –
Elizabeth Wong
McMichael, Medlin, D’Anna, Wedgeworth & Lafargue

– Social Chair –
Carly Koen
United Way

– Secretary –
Cody Grosshart
Perkins & Associates, LLC

– Vice Chairman –
Cheradee Williams
Step Forward

​- 40 Under 40 Co-Chair –
Renisha Sanders
Cardinaux Wealth Advisors

– Communications Co-Chair –
Shalisa Roland
El Dorado Resort Casino Shreveport

– Community Outreach Co-Chair –
Michelle Anthony
Girl Scouts of Louisiana

​- Professional Development Co-Chair –
Megan Davenport

– Social Co-Chair –
Maegan Floyd
Oschner LSU

​- Secretary Co-Chair –
Anthony Oden

– Immediate Past Chair-
Colton Kyle
VanKyle Properties

Members at Large:

    • Logan Lewis, Independence Bowl
    • Dr. Kenya Roberts, Caddo Parish Schools
    • Toye Mosley, Harper Law Firm
    • DeAndrea Brown, Bossier Parish Community College
    • Meagan McDuffy, CenterPoint Energy
    • Candice Ratliff, GDIT