We are next generation leaders who impact Greater Omaha’s future.

A program of the Greater Omaha Chamber, we are a passionate group serving as a catalyst to retain and attract young professionals through engagement, opportunity and advocacy.

 

The Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professionals is led by a council, not a board of directors. Our council serves two roles: be the voice of young professionals for Greater Omaha Chamber initiatives and act as a community advocate on issues impacting young professionals.

What We Do

The Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professional Council has many initiatives, studies and projects ongoing through its various committees and partnerships.

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YP Summit

So you can engage.
So we can hear your voice.
So our community can flourish.

The Young Professionals Summit is the only personal/professional development conference of its kind in the region. It’s about harnessing the collective energy of 1,500 YPs to empower each and every attendee. We know you want to make your mark on the community. Let’s connect that passion with opportunity as we educate, collaborate and engage at the marquee event for YPs in Omaha.

Summit Promise: We will provide a positive experience that energizes young professionals, celebrates our many points of view, expands our networks and challenges ourselves—all with the goal of extending our talents. Together, we will invigorate our personal and professional passions and multiply our impact—taking our collective future to the next level. You will leave feeling empowered and excited to thrive right here, right now.  Mark your calendars on March 6, 2020 for this groundbreaking event. Registration opens on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

State of Our City

Our City. Your Seat at the Table.

Envision the Greater Omaha of tomorrow and learn how we can collaborate to make it happen at our annual State of Our City event, an action-oriented one-day event designed to catalyze our Young Professional community.

Our time includes:

  • An update on Omaha’s recent developments, initiatives and tripping points
  • Active, facilitated conversations about GOCYP’s target values:
    • Arts + Culture
    • Community Development
    • Transportation
    • Diversity + Talent
    • Entrepreneurship/STEM
  • Engaging guest speakers
  • And of course, an after-party to continue the conversation and make new, long-lasting connections

Get Informed. Get Excited. Get Engaged.

All impassioned, young professionals are welcome on October 24.

Survey Projects

We’re always trying to gather information that can help us better the community for Young Professionals.  

 

2019 Exit Survey

According to an Omaha World Herald report, the rate of young professionals moving out of the Omaha metro area is greater than the rate moving into the city, with a net negative of 4,800 per year. A survey conducted by Blueprint Nebraska reinforces this trend, as the top two concerns for Nebraska’s economy is its ability to attract and retain qualified employees, and retain young people. Through a comprehensive Exit Survey, the YP Council is looking to discover the top reasons young professionals are deciding to leave the city. The primary goal is to identify factors within our control to attract/retain talent in Omaha metro.

This project is currently in action – Help us spread the word by sharing the survey!

 

2017 Diversity & Inclusion

When it comes to shouting up our community, we want a full-throated endorsement. But right now, Black young professionals (YPs) are far less likely than their peers— men and women of all other races—to recommend Greater Omaha as a place to live and work. What disparities are fueling this lack of enthusiasm and what can we do about them?

To gain a better understanding and a foothold on solutions, the Greater Omaha Chamber and the Urban League of Nebraska partnered with University of Nebraska Omaha evaluation program to take the pulse of Greater Omaha’s young professionals, conducting an online survey and in-person focus groups between January and March 2017.

The official press release can be found here: News Release – Black YPs Reluctant to Recommend Greater Omaha

Download the results

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“Omaha is a family town, social circles are tight, and advancement seems to be about who you know, not what you know.”

 

2015 Campaign for a Greater Omaha

As part of the Your Omaha 2020 vision process, the Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professionals Council conducted an online survey of young professionals in Greater Omaha a few years ago.

With the input of more than 1450 respondents, we were able to collect data regarding young professionals in Greater Omaha and their opinions on the current state of the community as it pertains to them. The information is useful in determining the key concerns of this demographic, and understanding what progress has been made toward the Your Omaha 2020 vision.

We invite you to view the results of the 2015 Campaign for a Greater Omaha survey.

CODE

CODE was born as a sustainable initiative to address diversity, inclusivity, equity and access to opportunity in Greater Omaha. Research conducted in 2015 showed African American young professionals were five-to-six times less likely than their Caucasian peers to recommend Greater Omaha as a place to live, work, and play, among other issues. Two years of focus groups, additional research and collaboration among organizations, nonprofits and corporations further revealed research data were not only perceptual but also behavioral. Something had to be done – because “nothing” is never an option.

More than a collaborative new diversity and inclusion initiative, it’s a call to action for those who believe we can and must do better. CODE is our Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity for Greater Omaha.

Council Agendas

YP Council Meetings occur once monthly and are open to the public. If you are interested in attending an upcoming meeting, contact us for more information.
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Join the the YP Council

Council members apply and are selected for three-year terms. They meet monthly and represent young professionals at a number of community events. For the past 10 years, council members have helped plan the YP Summit, our flagship event.