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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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
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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.

Secrets to Projecting Confidence in Any Situation
July 21, 2016
2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Speaker: Nancy Ancowitz

Join us for this quarter's MHI Young Professionals Network Webinar. Nancy Ancowitz, author of "Self-Promotion for Introverts," will be joining us to teach us techniques you can use to project an aura of confidence that works in any circumstance, especially when you're in the hot seat with demanding bosses and colleagues. This program shows you tactics you can use to get grounded and present yourself naturally, yet assertively, using both verbal and nonverbal techniques.

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International Perspectives
Thursday, March 10, 2016
2:00 – 3:00 pm EST
Presented by Daniel Post Senning

"When in Rome, do as the Romans do," is a popular expression for a reason, and its meaning aligns with the principles of etiquette. This section emphasizes that the principles of etiquette remain the same even though the manners may differ. The goal of the module is to increase awareness of variations of custom and culture on a regional basis and to show them how to become knowledgeable about specific country/culture customs before working with an international corporation or taking a trip to another country.

The webinar includes: definition of "Culture", key points to be aware of when visiting another culture; working with an interpreter; examples of regional differences; points of etiquette to research prior to travel.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Deb Palmer George

Collaboration is essential in today's work environments. Teams are critical in today's workforce but many struggle to utilize them effectively.

Join MHI's Young Professionals Network and Deb Palmer George on July 23rd at 2:00PM EST to learn techniques to be a better teammate to your coworkers and how to effectively collaborate with others.

Session Host - Deb Palmer George
Deb Palmer George is a facilitator, coach, and consultant working with professionals in all sectors to build on their strengths and develop the capacity needed to achieve what matters most.

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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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Workplace Generation Gap
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Speaker: Jeff Havens

Join us for this funny, interesting and honest discussion about the workplace generation gap. Jeff Havens gets rid of the standard four-generation workplace in favor of a simpler structure: old people and young people. Hear him discuss the reasons each generation acts the way they do and the strengths each one brings to the table.

Find out how a good workplace involves two different generations that are better together.

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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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Social Media

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Check out the YPN Blog Read the YPN Blog as a source of information about Young Professionals and this industry.

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MODEX Supply Chain Education Summit Track

New Generation Supply Chain Workforce

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 4:45 pm
Location: Room B312&B313a
Networking Session: 5pm - 6pm

This summit track explores many issues facing a new generation supply chain workers. Join your peers and they delve into issues impacting these workforce dynamics during this special MODEX Supply Chain Education Summit track, free to all MODEX attendees.
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YPN Chairman
Shana Relle