New club for young professionals
July 29, 2011
There’s a new group in Park City for movers and shakers under age 40 who want to make a difference in the community.
The Park City Young Professionals club met for the first time earlier this month at Sammy’s Bistro to discuss what direction they’d like to take the group.
Katie Wright with the Park City Foundation helped organize the first meeting. She said many people come to her with ideas for new organizations and this was one she’d heard repeatedly.
"There are a lot of people in that 30-something category in leadership, but they don’t speak with one voice," Wright said. "When they get together and expand their networks, they can find shared interests."
With little marketing, the first meeting had an excellent turnout with a few dozen people, Wright said. Even though the group doesn’t yet know what it wants to be, the attendance is evidence of a desire for one.
"So much has come from Leadership Park City just getting people in the room together," she added. "This is a chance to meet with something else as the focus than recreational opportunities."
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Right now, the concept is simple, Wright said. The group will meet at different businesses every other month for a few hours. Influential people from the community will be invited to come and talk about issues or trends in Park City. The main purpose is to foster networking among active professionals under 40.
The age cap is arbitrary, said The Sidecar owner Mike Wong, but there is Rotary Club and other organizations for more established residents. There’s nothing just for the younger generation, he said.
"It might not be as intimidating for people to come," Wong explained. "There’s also a social aspect to it."
A lot of the leg work getting the group started was done by Gallery MAR owner Maren Mullin, Wright said.
"I found myself wanting to meet more professionals in my age group here in Park City," Mullin said.
There is a similar club in her hometown in Washington state, and it gives people an opportunity to get involved in the community in a way they feel comfortable.
"We have groups in town specifically for women, and there’s the Leadership group, but networking within my own peer group is something the community is missing," she said.
Wright said she’s also heard support from older people who would like there to be a way for the next generation of leaders to be fostered.
The next meeting is Aug. 15 at The Sidecar at 6 p.m.
What: Park City Young Professionals
Who: Any adult under 40
Why: Networking with other professionals your age
When: Aug. 15 at 6 p.m.
Where: The Sidecar at 333 Main Street