About

YPECT offers a network that will help you navigate your early career, provide you with insights and support, and give you the chance to develop relationships that will stay with you as you advance. It is a flexible community where you can engage in the way that works best for you and your future.

Who qualifies as a Young Professional?

YPECT is open to those who are:
  • Between 18-40 years old
  • Living, working, or serving clients in eastern Connecticut
  • Eager to build their career and learn more about the community

While many YPs work in a corporate setting, the network includes artists, teachers, military, home-based businesses, entrepreneurs, healthcare providers, nonprofit employees, students, and all the unique contributors to the local economy.

If you don’t tick all the boxes above, don’t worry – we offer other great ways to get engaged:

An annual subscription is just $65 and gives you access to all YPECT events. Connect with hundreds of local peers while exploring local destinations.

Benefits of a YPECT Subscription

An annual YPECT subscription includes :

  • 10+ YPsocial casual evening networking events
  • 1 Tips from the Top conversation with local top executives
  • 2 Sip and Share skill-building morning workshops

As well as a YPECT focused e-newsletter and (optional) text updates.

YPECT subscription is open to all young professionals as outlined above, regardless of your company’s membership status with the Chamber.

Organization

The Young Professionals of Eastern CT (YPECT) is a program of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut which offers ambitious young professionals opportunities for social networking, professional development, and community service. It is organized by Chamber staff with input from the YPECT chairperson and planning committee

Engagement Opportunities


YPsocials
The core of YPECT is building a network. These casual, comfortable events with professional peers offer the chance to socialize while you develop networking skills that carry over to other situations. YPsocials are held in some of eastern CT’s premier venues and unique destinations, from novelle at Mohegan Sun to Fields of Fire in Mystic.


Professional Development
YPECT creates workshops designed around the interests of young professionals. Sip and Share skill-building workshops connect you with experts—in areas like personal finance, marketing yourself or starting a side hustle—and a good cup of joe. Tips from the Top conversations have you meet and chat casually with top executives from the region, to learn about their paths to the top and to ask your questions. YPECT connects you will all the Chamber events: networking, workshops, and speakers.


Community Service
A great way to connect with each other and the region, YPECT engages in community service projects with our nonprofit members. Work with your fellow YPs at a food drive, take a charity walk, or fill a backpack with school supplies. YPECT also joins in local parades and expos to gain exposure and engage new subscribers.

Upcoming Events

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Staff Contact:
Megan Gilbert, Director of Programs
860-701-9113