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Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce Relaunches the Young Professionals

The Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce relaunched their Young Professionals (YP) Committee today at The Dragonfly Cafe after taking a pause during COVID. YP is an initiative designed to provide support to the community’s young professionals and includes the Chamber’s Annual Distinguished Young Professional Awards. (Read more about the 2023 awards here.)

Led by Linsey Former, the Chamber’s Member Engagement Coordinator, a packed house of young professionals networked and listened to committee members Stephen Sarrouf and Brady McCarron share the history of YPGL (Young Professionals of Greater Lowell) and future plans for the group.

All Young Professionals (including students!) are welcome to attend YP events. Please email Linsey Former at so she can add you to the YP email list.

The Three Pillars for the Young Professionals

  1. Connections: Connect young professionals with each other, as well as other employees and business owners.
  1. Community: Create and foster a diverse community of young professionals through a variety of events and opportunities that focus on different goals of our program.
  1. Development: Raise awareness and provide exposure of work and professional opportunities in Greater Lowell, as well as resources and tools for young professionals to use to advance their careers.

Future Event Proposals

  1. October 12th ⟶ Save the date for fall themed fun! (Pending venue)
  2. Influencer panel focusing on how to build your brand and market yourself to a captured audience.
  3. Podcast series with spotlights on young professionals and committee members.

The History of the Young Professionals of Greater Lowell

The catalyst for the formation of Young Professionals of Greater Lowell was the 2005 Lowell Plan Annual Breakfast. Beth Regan and Jen Kinkade, two Lowell High School seniors, issued a challenge to the crowd comprised of business and community leaders. They remarked that after college, they would strive to return to Greater Lowell to pursue their professional careers if the business community would continue its effort to create an attractive and prosperous environment for young people seeking opportunity. This challenge launched YPGL.

After a decade of successfully fulfilling YPGL’s mission, the organization merged with the GLCC in December of 2015 to bring the group to new and exciting heights.

YP continues to foster relationships among industries and to encourage additional young talent to recognize the opportunities available in the Greater Lowell area. We realize that today’s young talent will be tomorrow’s CEOs and Presidents. Whether you are interested in marketing your business, making new contacts, or just having a great time a YP networking event is the perfect way to learn more about the group.

If you are a young professional in the community, the YP Committee would love your feedback and ideas! Take their short survey here. 

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