We are next generation leaders who impact Greater Omaha’s future.
A program of the Greater Omaha Chamber, we serve as a catalyst organization to retain, develop, and attract young professionals to the Greater Omaha area 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.
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.
Mark your calendars on March 4-5, 2021 for this groundbreaking event.
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.
- An update on Omaha’s recent developments, initiatives and tripping points
- Active, facilitated conversations about GOCYP’s target values: Arts/Culture, Community Development, Transportation, & More
- Engaging guest speakers
- And of course, an after-party to continue the conversation and make new, long-lasting connections
INTRO is our “Get to know your city” event to welcome new Omaha interns, transplants, faculty, staff and residents to the area through a fun and welcoming environment.
Newcomers: Get to know some new friends and feel at ease to be able to call Omaha your home.
Locals: Share stories and recommendations of the best ‘things to do’ in town. Discover new places or fall back in love with the old.
Everyone: Experience our community and soak up some summer together.
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 – Check back Spring 2020 for the results!
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
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.
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.
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.