The Young Professionals Program connects Chicago adults passionate about our Female Strong mission.


The Young Professionals Program acts as an arm of the Female Strong organization while offering young professionals in Chicago the ability to get involved in volunteer opportunities, grow their network, build leadership skills, and be part of a meaningful community. The Young Professionals Committee leads networking, social, and fundraising events to foster a community of togetherness and in service of programming for middle and high school girls.


Our Mission

To create better opportunities for middle and high school girls by providing access to tools, experiences, and resources needed to achieve their dreams and help close the gender gap.

Our Impact

We have hosted a variety of events with amazing sponsors including our Lunch & Learn, Level Up Your Network, Summer FUNdraiser, Vibez Fitness Power Hour, Holiday Cookie Exchange, and more. $40,000+ has been raised for Female Strong so far! So much more to come in 2023!

How to Get Involved

  • Become part of our community! Provide us with your contact information using this link so that we can add you to our email list to be notified of upcoming events and opportunities. Participate in our fun line-up of social, networking, and fundraising events and bring your friends, coworkers, and family. See below for upcoming events and a link to our full year calendar.
  • Partner with us through sponsorship. Reach out to our Executive Assistant at kristin@femalestrong.org for more information!
  • If you’re interested in becoming a mentor for a future YEA! class or a guest speaker, we’d love to have you. Reach out to Female Strong’s Program Manager at sarah@femalestrong.com!

Upcoming Events


Nail Your Niche: Actionable Tips to Excel in Your Career & Maximize Your Network

Monday, March 13 at 225 W Wacker

Join Female Strong’s Young Professionals Program for “Nail Your Niche,” our first event of 2023 hosted at the newly reimagined amenity floor at 225 W Wacker.

Hosted in partnership with Cushman & Wakefield, Stream Realty Partners, and Spear Street Capital, this fireside chat will tackle important topics for emerging leaders—whether you just received your dream job/promotion, are looking to advance in your current role, or have begun to explore a new career path. Speakers will share personal experiences and advice around building personal and professional networks, developing as a leader in your industry, establishing yourself as a promotion-worthy team member, tips for making a career change, and more related topics.

Speakers include Meeta Yadava, Managing Director at BMO Family Office; Sheila Sipes, Business Development Director, Commercial Interiors & Vice President at HKS Architects and President of the Chicago Chapter of CoreNet; and Candace Washington, Chief Empowerment Officer, Pivotal Impact.

100% of the proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships will benefit Female Strong. Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Office Revolution, and additional sponsor Pivotal Impact. Another thank you goes to our event hosts Cushman & Wakefield, Stream Realty Partners, and Spear Street Capital.

Meet the 2023 Committee




Young Professionals Committee Chair

Marketing Manager at Redmond Construction



A&D Business Development at Office Revolution



Manager of Strategic Relationships at Valenti Builders



Business Development Executive at Oval Room Group



Director of Marketing at Berger Schatz

Watch this page for news about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and more!

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