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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The Leadership Foundation

Thursday, February 23, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Presented by: Randy Hall
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Many people think leaders just happen. They are equipped with a set of gifts, they find themselves in the presence of some set of circumstances or individuals that cause those innate gifts to rise to the surface, and a great leader is born. It doesn’t just happen like that. Generally, becoming a leader is filled with hard work, millions of mistakes that can be learned from, a focus on gaining the skills knowledge and experience that will help us lead more effectively, and a lot of practice using them. All of that starts with a decision that we want to become a leader in the first place, and more importantly, a choice about how we lead and what kind of impact we want to have.

We need more people who make a choice to lead the right way; the way that moves things forward, makes things better, and helps people accomplish more than they could by themselves. We need more people who learn how to lead and then teach others what they have learned so that they too can become leaders.

The first thing that must happen for real leadership to bloom is for people to define the kind of leader they want to become. Individuals must answer more than the question of “do I want to lead.” On the surface, that’s an easy one. Who wouldn’t want to be characterized as a leader?

We have to go beyond that to a definition for ourselves of what good leadership looks like. We have to answer questions like:

  • How do I want people to think about me as a leader?
  • What do I want them to say around their dinner table about my leadership?
  • What does amazing, incredible, leadership mean to me and what do I have to get better at to get
  • there?

These questions need to be answered at the beginning of the journey and refined as we go and as we learn how to execute against our new definition of us as a leader. Making the choice about what kind of leader we want to be defines the gap we need to fill to get there.

PIVOT: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

Thursday, May 18, 2017
2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT
Presented by: Jenny Blake
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No matter your age, life stage, bank account balance, or career level, you can learn how to pivot strategically into your next opportunity. Career change doesn’t have to be a crisis, and plateaus don’t have to be a problem. In fact, if change is the only constant, now more than ever as it relates to our economy, it behooves us all to get better at it.

Your best chance of success lies right under your feet. By doubling down on what is already working, you can cut through confusion and move more quickly in a new direction. Pivoting is a mindset and a skillset, and it is one we can all get better at. This webinar will resonate with anyone facing the question of what comes next by providing a methodical plan to move forward, one that you can cycle through as many times as necessary.

This interactive workshop focuses on Jenny’s Pivot Method, a 4-stage process that will teach you how to:

  • Identify your existing strengths, interests and experiences, and define your version of success.
  • Scan the horizon for new opportunities, skills, people and opportunities, without falling prey to analysis-paralysis or compare-and-despair.
  • Reduce risk by running small experiments that can provide feedback and help determine next steps in your career trajectory.
  • Launch with confidence, bolstered by the skills and methodology to adjust seamlessly and continuously as you move in your new direction.

Happiness in the Workplace: How to Lower Costs, Increase Productivity and Maximize Profits by Making Happiness a Priority

Thursday, September 15, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 pm EST
Presented by: Valerie Alexander

In the U.S., the average loss due to unhappiness and disengagement is $2,500 per employee per year. When is comes to happiness, is your workplace above or below average?

Employee unhappiness leads to high turnover, excessive absenteeism, poor customer services, increased workers compensation claims, more on-the-job injuries and a myriad of outcomes that have no line item in the budget, but still reduce productivity throughout the workplace. Engagement, job satisfaction and worker happiness matter to the bottom line.

Join us as Valerie Alexander, author of "Happiness as a Second Language," teaches us how to create a positive work environment through simple adjustments and exercises that anyone can do, regardless of their workplace.

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We Want to Hear From You

Have a suggestion for a webinar or event? Please contact Laurie Walker, 704-676-1190.

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Upcoming Events

2017 Emerging Leaders Conference
July 13, 2017
Renaissance Chicago Downtown
Chicago, IL
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YPN Chairman
Shana Relle

YPN Advisory Board

Sebastian Titze, BEUMER Corporation
Amanda Meltzer, McCue Corporation
Laura Hunt, Fives Intralogistics Corporation
Nikki Edmondson, Murata Machinery USA, Inc.

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Interested in getting involved, email us.