WHO IS A YP?
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.
WHAT IS A YP?
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.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?
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.
YPI also recognizes a Philanthropy of the Year. Click here for more information about the Philanthropy of the Year program.
2020 YPI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
– Chair –
Jana Freeman Forrest
– 40 Under 40 Chair –
Claire Childs Bowers
Vintage Realty Company
– Communications Chair –
– Community Outreach Chair –
Lexus of Shreveport
- Professional Development Chair –
McMichael, Medlin, D’Anna, Wedgeworth & Lafargue
– Social Chair –
– Secretary –
Perkins & Associates, LLC
– Vice Chairman –
- 40 Under 40 Co-Chair –
Cardinaux Wealth Advisors
– Communications Co-Chair –
El Dorado Resort Casino Shreveport
– Community Outreach Co-Chair –
Girl Scouts of Louisiana
- Professional Development Co-Chair –
– Social Co-Chair –
- Secretary Co-Chair –
– Immediate Past Chair-
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