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.

Lauren Huntington, BPW WA Young Careerist 2016-2017

The program provides training, leadership and personal development skills helping young professionals to showcase their professionalism, public speaking skills and networking excellence.

Jessica Dahl, BPW WA Young Careerist 2015-2016

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.

In the YC Program, You Can:
  • 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.
There are five areas of competition
  • Personal Interview
  • Application and essay
  • Group Interaction
  • Public speaking – giving a 4 minute speech
  • Mentorship and leadership experience
A State Young Careerist Representative Must:
  • 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.
Speech Topics and Information:

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.

How to apply:

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