The theme of the third Young Professionals Symposium (YPS) is “Transformations for Advancement” and will focus on changes young professionals can make, both personally and professionally, to improve their career options. 

Established in response to Connecticut’s decreased employee retention, the mission of YPS is to engage young professionals with the community, empower them with leadership skills, and foster connections to build a stronger network of rising professionals in the state. 

YPS is cohosted by Future Leaders of Yale and Connecticut Young Professionals.

Connecticut Young Professionals (CTYP) is a statewide organization for young professionals who actively engage the community through CTYP-organized events, community events, and grassroots initiatives organized through our platform. CTYP is building a strong community of diverse individuals throughout the state who can use the connections they make not only for their own benefit, but as a catalyst for local economic activity, community outreach, and the continuous improvement of Connecticut’s quality of life.
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Future Leaders of Yale (FLY) provides a voice for young professionals and others in the early stages of their careers who are seeking to develop and strengthen their long-term opportunities and impact at Yale. Through networking, professional development, mentorship, and encouraging career advancement, we are committed to supporting the recruitment, retention, and advancement of qualified professionals within Yale. All Yale staff members 36 and under are automatically considered a FLY member, but we encourage professionals of all ages and levels of experience to attend our events. 
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The Symposium could not have been possible without the hard work, time, and dedication of our organizers.

Alina is the Associate Director of Information Technology at Yale’s Office of International Students and Scholars. Before that she was an Academic Web Developer in Yale’s Poorvu Center for Teaching and... read more

Ihssane is the President and Co-Founder of Connecticut Young Professionals. He formulates and implements the strategic plan that guides the direction of CTYP.  With a tremendous commitment to the community, he connects groups and individuals to... read more

Marilyn is a diligent, persistent, giving, loving, friendly, entrepreneur, and happy individual. Her mission is to equip people with the tools to find a balance in their nutrition and personal well-being so they can be their best self. She is a... read more

Phil Barello is the Computer Systems Manager for Yale School of Medicine Department of Neuroscience and a Co-Chair of Future Leaders of Yale Professional Development. He teaches Graduate Computer Science courses on Web Programming and Database... read more

Valery Lawson is an entrepreneur, artist, reiki practitioner and group facilitator located in New Haven, CT.