Join the Young Professionals Network (YPN)


The mission of MHI’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) is to help engage and develop the future leaders of the material handling industry.

Who should get involved?

YPN is open to any employee of a MHI member company or practitioner company with a supply chain title. Member categories include:

  • Active YPN Community Member
    • 40 years old and younger
    • Participated in at least two YPN events within the past 12 months
  • Young Professional
    • 40 years old and younger
    • Participated in less than two YPN events within the past 12 months
  • Mentor (by invitation only)
    • 40 years old and older
    • Active MHI member throughout their career
    • Willing to play active role by volunteering as speaker and/or formal mentor
  • Associate / Alumni
    • 40 years old and older
    • Participated in less than two YPN events within the past 12 months

YPN Initiatives

  • Coffee Chats – Held the second Wednesday of each month, the chats are a virtual networking event aimed to bring together young professionals to discuss various topics.
  • Webinars – Each quarter, YPN hosts a webinar focused on professional development.
  • Events – At MODEX/ProMat, the MHI Spring Meeting and the MHI Annual Conference, YPN holds in-person networking receptions. All receptions are open to all event attendees.
  • YPN Awards – Given out each year at the MHI Annual Conference, the YPN Awards recognize an Outstanding Young Professional and Mentor.
  • Emerging Leaders Conference – Co-sponsored with MHEDA, this one-day leadership conference is held each summer in Chicago.

Join YPN today!