Almost seven years ago, I stepped into my first meeting with the Young Professionals of the Naperville Chamber (YPN). There were 15 people sitting around the table at the Chamber, and it was their second or third meeting. To start, each member had to stand up and say their name and the name of their business. I was so nervous when I sat down I couldn’t even take a sip of coffee—my hands were shaking so badly.
Fast forward to today: I sit on three boards, including the Chamber board; I chair two committees; and I can easily speak in front of hundreds of people. What made the difference? YPN, hands down.
Through my membership and leadership in YPN, I gained public speaking, strategic planning, networking, time management, marketing and sales skills I didn’t have before. At every business meeting, I learned something I could immediately take back to my practice and put into place. The list of high-profile business leaders who speak to our group and share their knowledge and experience with us cannot be beat.
To have access to such outstanding and knowledgeable speakers is just one of the incredible benefits of YPN, though. Active involvement in the group has helped my business grow dramatically.
I remember one evening at my practice, Advanced Health of Naperville, there were six YPN members getting treatment at the same time! Two were coming out of massage, two were going into massage, one was getting adjusted, and one was going into therapies. At one point, almost all of them ended up in my reception area with confused looks, and finally one person said, “Are we having a meeting tonight?”
One of my favorite parts of my YPN membership is the friendships I have made. Many of the business leaders who have presented at our meetings are now close friends and mentors to me. These are relationships I would never have developed without the “backstage pass” YPN provides. As a matter of fact, I met most of my best friends through the group, too.
After seven years, we’ve built a lot of great memories together in YPN. We’ve laughed together, grown together, referred business to one another, and even cried together after losing one of our beloved founding members, Brian Schultz. These are lifetime friendships and business relationships that are priceless to me.
YPN has helped this Jersey-born girl make Naperville the only place she calls home.
Whether you would like to make new friends, build your business, grow your leadership skills, or just find out what all the buzz is, YPN is the place to be!
On behalf of YPN, I want to invite all Naperville-area young professionals to our next business meeting, luncheon or social. Contact Brianna Belgio at 630-544-3377 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You won’t be disappointed!
Dr. Cathy Subber
Ownerof Advanced Health of Naperville
2011 YPN Chair