BPW WA Young Careerist Program
The Virginia Allan Young Careerist program is a signature BPW program that recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of successful individuals.
The program provides training, leadership and personal development skills helping young professionals to showcase their professionalism, public speaking skills and networking excellence.
The benefits of being involved in the YC program include opportunities to learn about current issues facing working women, acquire knowledge about state and national legislative platforms, advocacy issues, opportunity for visibility in the community, opportunities for networking with other successful professionals and modern education around personal and professional development including business etiquette, confidence and relationship equity.
- Be recognized for your accomplishments and service in your profession and community.
- Network with successful women and men in the professional and business world.
- Improve your self-confidence and leadership skills, developing friendships and support networks.
- Personal Interview
- Application and essay
- Group Interaction
- Public speaking – giving a 4 minute speech
- Mentorship and leadership experience
- Be between the ages of 21 and 35 (inclusive by July 31st) following the first competition in which she/he participates.
- Be or have been employed in business (includes self-employed) or the professions with at least one year of full-time work experience in her/his career area.
- Be a BPW member in good standing, and be sponsored by a BPW Local.
- Understand the BPW/WA mission, vision, and legislative platform. Young Careerists must review the national legislative platform and pledge they will not speak against platform items in the capacities as Young Careerist representatives, if selected.
Each year, the speech topic is selected from a list of 5 possibilities. Young Careerist representatives are given ample time to prepare for their speech once the topic has been selected. Speeches are to be four minutes in length. No props are allowed and all Young Careerist representatives will be required to remain at the podium when speaking.
The YC application includes writing a one page essay, submitting a professional photo, and reading and signing the Legislative Platform.
For additional information, contact the BPW/WA Young Careerist Chair at YC@www.bpwwa.org
2016-17: Lauren Huntington (winner), Elizabeth Garcia, Julia Eagan
2015-16: Jessica Dahl (winner), Kyle Theptee, Carissa Blair
2014-15: Corri Langlois (winner), Krista Bates
2013-14: Shauna Starcher
2012-13: Laurie Buehler Hamilton