Looking back on the year, one word comes to mind to describe it; amazing!
2015 and my time as Chair of Hamilton HIVE have been truly unforgettable.
We started the year with three major goals:
- to strengthen our member engagement
- to strengthen our HIVE brand
- and to acquire Non-Profit Organization status
Adding value for your members is important - especially if you are charging a membership fee - but where do you start? Is your YPN reaching its full potential? Here are some ideas for ways to add value to your member base.
Recently Hamilton HIVE welcomed our newest member group under our umbrella. In our five years of existence, this group is HIVE’s lucky number 23.
The HIVE Executive and I recently met the Co-Chairs of the newly formed YPN. During our meeting, we discussed several helpful tips that would be useful to anyone wanting to start their own YP group.
More than ever, Young Professionals are stepping up and playing key roles in organizations both within a workplace and on a volunteer basis. We are jumping in with both feet to better our communities, grow and contribute in the workplace, network and build relationships, contribute to causes we are passionate about and more. With the endless opportunities available to us, and the time commitment that comes with them, it is important to recognize that taking time to unwind is equally important as all of the other things we have on the go.
With meetings and networking events taking a break to cool off from the summer heat, your social calendar may seem empty, leaving you to wonder how to spend your summer days and nights. Here are some easy tips to make the most of the season in the city you call home.
So you’re getting into networking, and it’s a little weird. You’re nervous. I get it. We’ve all been there, and it’s natural.
Young Professional’s events are without a doubt the best place to begin your networking experience. Networking is a life skill, no matter your profession. Play with it. Have fun!
Year after year, Canadians spend the 1st of July celebrating Canada and everything that it means to Canadian. This year was no different. As Canadians, we have so much to be proud of. The 148 year history has defined who we are as a nation and where we are headed. What we often forget, is all of the work, time and struggle that went into creating that history. Canada didn’t just happen to become a great country…it happened because 148 years ago a group of individuals had a vision, worked together to make that a reality and then for almost a century and a half, Canadians have worked hard to mold Canada into a strong, proud nation.
As a graphic designer and a young entrepreneur, I am always looking at new ways to reach people and engage / connect with the community. It was by chance my career took me to London, where I saw great opportunity to do this. London is a city filled with creative talent and ambitious young graduates who are ready to tackle the world. So why is it that so many feel the need to escape London after they graduate? Don’t get me wrong; originally, that is exactly what I had planned to do as well. Study, party, graduate, get out. But why is this? The thought that there is more potential in a city like Toronto? The rumours of no work in London? I think I was just discouraged.
In speaking to other young professionals who have spent time volunteering on boards, committees or an executive, almost all have run into the same problems time and time again; there is not enough capacity to deliver objectives; members are busy; there often is a scramble for extra volunteers at the last minute. In a perfect world, anyone who becomes involved in an organization at a governance level also has the time to commit to board activities, however; life gets busy and often things fall by the wayside. Unfortunately, this is the nature of the beast and alternative tactics can be employed to ensure continuous growth of the organization or group.