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  • Network over coffee with YPWindsor members!
    Posted July 7th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Coffee Connection

    Young Professionals Windsor is starting a new kind of networking event starting July 13!

    Coffee Connection is a causal members-only forum aimed at strengthening your professional network! The first of these monthly drop-in events will be held on Wednesday, July 13 at Sorrento Café, 541 Erie St. East, from 6 – 8 p.m.

    Grab a coffee or a bite and chat with other members about your business, career goals and ideas for Young Professionals Windsor. A beverage and dinner menu will be available and attendees will receive 75 cents off each beverage.*

    RSVP is not required, but appreciated. You may e-mail events@ypwindsor.com to RSVP. Members are welcome to bring a friend who is interested in joining YPWindsor.

    If you are not a member and would like attend a Coffee Connection event, you can register to join Young Professionals Windsor by completing our membership form. Joining is FREE and EASY!

    Connect. Lead. Succeed.
    Young Professionals Windsor


    * excludes alcoholic beverages.

  • Young professionals gain connections and more at speed networking event
    Posted May 2nd, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Young Professionals Windsor hosted its first speed networking event to an engaging group of 20 young professionals and students on April 28.

    Attendees were given five minutes to pitch their skills and services to another guest before swapping seats and meeting a new young professional!

    Speed networking conversations continued during a mingle session that followed. Three guests also won gift certificates for free acupuncture treatments, courtesy of Cheung’s Trading Company.

    Before the speed networking began, guests enjoyed a presentation about political engagement– an important aspect in many young professional’s lives. Special guest speaker Nancy Duffy, publisher and editor of In Retro Radio/Magazine, shared her experiences working in federal politics, how politics shapes our community and the importance of voting in today’s federal election.

    Young Professionals Windsor wishes to thank Nancy Duffy and attendees for making this an enjoyable and informative night. Special thanks also goes to Cheung’s Trading Company for its generous donation of door prizes and to Rockhead Pub for accommodating the event.

    Details about upcoming events can be found on YPWindsor’s website, Facebook page and Twitter.

    If you are interested in becoming involved with YPWindsor, send an e-mail to members@ypwindsor.com.

    Connect. Lead. Succeed.
    Young Professionals Windsor

  • What does living in an intelligent community mean for young professionals?
    Posted April 20th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Celebration of Innovation ice sculpture~ By Jessica Quinn, director of programming

    On April 18, Natasha Marar and Jessica Quinn of Young Professionals Windsor joined a myriad of professionals, businesses and community agencies passionately committed to the development and success of Windsor-Essex.

    We participated in the celebration of Windsor-Essex’s entry as a top 7 contender into Intelligent Community Forum’s renowned Intelligent Communities of the World competition.

    The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) is an independent international organization that benchmarks communities on their use of information technology.

    The event at St. Clair Centre for the Arts was a vibrant and inspiring celebration, both motivating and energizing, and brimming with promise for young professionals in the area.

    The theme of the event was “As Good as I.T. Gets.” Windsor-Essex’s application to the annual ICF competition focused on the following topics:

    • Broadband penetration
    • Digital Inclusion
    • Knowledge workforce
    • Innovation, marketing and advocacy
    • Health and the intelligent community

    For an in-depth explanation of each of these topics, visit Windsor-Essex Community portal

    The evening opened with a lively and informative presentation by Robert Bell, Executive Director of the Intelligent Community Forum, followed by a video highlighting I.T. developments and collaboration in Windsor-Essex. The presentation and ensuing chummy banter with Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis and Essex County Warden Tom Bain reflected the renewed pride, community spirit and drive of area residents in transforming the economic climate of our region.

    What does our ICF success mean for young professionals in Windsor-Essex?

    Young professionals can leverage Windsor-Essex’s success with the ICF into personal career growth. For starters, young professionals must take note of the latest trends responsible for the economic turn-around in our area. Just as our ICF application focused on our extensive capabilities with respect to broadband, enhancing our knowledge workforce, health care innovation and marketing, so too must young professionals prepare themselves to compete in a knowledge-based, creative, innovative, and increasingly virtual, marketplace.

    Our current, and predicted, economic and social climate will dictate where the jobs will be. Technology fuels a spectrum of diverse daily living activities, from connecting socially to collaborating as teams to shopping.

    We live in a world with an aging population, growing environmental concerns, and ever-increasing demands for improved technology. In light of these trends, young professionals must be equipped to meet the demands of employers in these markets. The top fields slated for growth require professionals with solid creative thinking, interpersonal and communication skills. Though skill-based trades will continue to grow, the demand for knowledge-based professionals is increasing exponentially.

    So where will young professionals likely see increased opportunities? Consider such fields as I.T., sales, education, health care, customer service, engineering, marketing, accounting and finance, administration, business development and research and development.

    Collaboration among young professionals is key for Windsor-Essex growth

    Natasha Marar and Jessica Hopkins of YPWindsor at the Celebration of Innovation

    YPWindsor executives Natasha Marar, director of communications, and Jessica Quinn, director of programming, at the Celebration of Innovation on April 28, 2011

    Young Professionals Windsor is dedicated to the professional advancement, retention and promotion of young leaders in our region. It provides a forum for members to collaborate, innovate and celebrate Windsor-Essex.

    Become a member today and gain access to a community of engaged professionals, students and entrepreneurs who are passionate about their careers.

    Contact members@ypwindsor.com for information of visit our membership page!

  • Fast track your way to professional success!
    Posted April 12th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Young Professionals Speed Networking

    Speed networking not your thing? Join us for a freestyle mingle session starting at 8:30 p.m.! Don’t forget to bring business cards or personal information cards!

    Register HERE for this exciting event!

    Connect. Lead. Succeed.
    Young Professionals Windsor

  • Free professional development workshops for UWindsor grad students
    Posted April 4th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    The University of Windsor is offering free workshops this week designed to help graduate and post-doctoral students build professional skills.

    Led by industry-recognized experts, the courses will help attendees to strengthen their working relationships, increase their ability to connect with industry, improve research results and impact. The MITACS Step program is open to all past, present and prospective graduate students and postdocs.

    Materials, breakfast and lunch will be provided for each of these workshops. A valid credit card is required to complete and secure your registration. Although the workshops are free, there is a $50 charge for no-shows and late cancellations.

    Visit the University of Windsor website to register for the courses below.

    Practice Your Presentation Skills I
    Monday, April 4, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Oak Room, Vanier Hall

    The Art of Powerful Conversation
    Monday, April 4, 1 to 4 p.m.
    Oak Room, Vanier Hall
    Ambassador Salon A, CAW Student Centre

    Foundations of Project Management 1 (two days)
    Tuesday and Wednesday, April 5 and 6, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Day 1: McPherson Lounge, Alumni Hall; Day 2: Ambassador Salon A, CAW Student Centre

    Managing Projects
    Thursday, April 7, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Ambassador Salon A, CAW Student Centre

    Proactive and Practical Communication
    Thursday, April 7, 1 to 4 p.m.
    Ambassador Salon C, CAW Student Centre

    Business Conduct Excellence and Dining Etiquette
    Friday, April 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Oak Room, Vanier Hall

    Connect. Lead. Succeed.
    Young Professionals Windsor

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