Young Professionals Network

MHI Young Professionals Network’s mission is to provide resources and programming to a diverse group of professionals looking to advance their careers in material handling, logistics and supply chain industries. Our goal is to increase industry retention, education and networking as well as to offer career support. You do not have to be an MHI member to participate.

YPN Benefits

  • Attend events, conferences and webinars
  • Access a network of professionals in the supply chain industry
  • Contribute to a forum of ideas and trends in the industry between experienced and entry-level professionals
  • Access to online tools to help individuals professional growth

Exclusive Member Company YPN Benefits

  • Discounts to MHI YPN events (when applicable)
  • Invitation to MHI Spring & Annual Meeting YPN networking events

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2015 Emerging Leaders Conference - Collaboration

A Conference for Young Professionals in Material Handling
July 30, 2015

Ready to look at collaboration in a memorable and entertaining way? We invite you to join us this summer in the heart of downtown Chicago for a dynamic one-day conference designed to bring together young material handling professionals who want to improve their leadership skills. Learn more and join us for a don't miss conference.


How to Find More Power, Negotiate Better Deals and Create Win-Win Results
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Speaker: Eldonna Lewis Fernandez
Free to participate

Negotiation is simply discussions to agree on a deal. Whether you are negotiating a multi-million dollar deal, a salary or simply where to meet for dinner, improving your negotiation skills will give you more confidence and better results.

  • Go into any situation with 100% confidence that you will get the results you want.
  • Consistently satisfy and attract the right clients or customers Know what to ask for and how to ask.
  • Understand strategies to turn a discussion or disagreement to a more favorable result.
  • Have the mindset to think like a negotiator and ethically influence your outcomes.
  • Avoid the 5 most common mistakes made in negotiation.


How to Make Your Relationship with Your Boss Work for You
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Speaker: Mary Schaefer

This is a “can’t miss” opportunity for young professionals to learn and hone their communication skills. Though there are plenty of generational issues in the workplace, when it comes to working well with your boss, it doesn’t necessarily matter who is 30 or who is 50 – most bosses want the same thing: a high-value, low-maintenance employee.

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Leading So People Will Follow
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT
Speaker: Jennifer Sherman, Proteus International
Free to participate

Join us for a one-hour interactive webinar on "Leading So People Will Follow" presented by Proteus International. Regardless of where you are in your career, it is never too soon (or too late) to position yourself as the type of leader that others want to follow. Many people can be highly successful in their roles but fall short on leadership skills. Based on renowned executive coach, Erika Andersen's book, this webinar provide valuable insights on:

  • The differences between accepted versus appointed leaders.
  • How to position yourself as a leader regardless of your current role.
  • The six leadership characteristics of great leaders.
  • Key strategies for developing these within yourself.
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Other Generations: What ARE they thinking?
Speakers: Amy Lynch (Baby Boomer) & Hannah Ubl (Millennial)

Each generation works differently, thinks differently and communicates differently. So, how can you connect with the Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials AND Traditionalists you work with? This session will help you identify your own "generational personality," and give you techniques for understanding and working with other generations.

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