The Murfreesboro Young Professionals are an up and coming group that has taken many strides during the past year. Originating only a few short years ago, MYP has grown to a collection of over 70 members and has increased across the board in its social, networking and philanthropic efforts.
“My number one goal is to provide consistent programming to our members focusing on the three main facets of MYP; which are professional development, networking and community outreach. We are now offering a monthly professional development and membership luncheons the second Wednesday of every month. We are also offering a networking social and combining that event with a philanthropic opportunity the fourth Thursday of each month. Our first networking social this year had over 70 attendees and we collected over 100 coats for Greenhouse Ministries,” MYP Chair Amy Painter said regarding her goals for the organization in the new year.
“My second goal is to increase and retain members where we have 100 members by the end of the year. We currently have 70 members. My third goal is I want people in our community to know who we are and what we are about. I feel like the success of our first event this year was a great indicator that we are off to a good start.”
The group boasts the tagline – “Know, Be Known and Contribute” and it is under this framework in which they operate.
Under the “Know” criteria, MYP was founded on the principle of knowing people and knowing business. The organization is solely for young professionals who want to grow their personal and professional network. MYP provides networking opportunities to gain contacts and business knowledge in an open, social environment.
The previous year saw the group initiate the Mentor Program where members can gain insight from key business professionals through a series of meetings, while it also hosted its second annual Leadership Summit.
The “Be Known” umbrella encompasses the belief that business success comes not only from what and who you know, but also who knows you. The professionals in this organization strive to be recognized as reliable, forward-thinking, accomplished individuals in the community by businesses, business leaders and philanthropic organizations.
Under the final point of “Contribute,” MYP recognizes philanthropy as an attribute of successful, well-rounded professionals and organizations. Fostering an appreciation for the Murfreesboro area community is what MYP endeavors to do by participating in fundraisers, collections drives and volunteer opportunities.
In the past year, the group made several contributions to United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties along with a recent coat drive that brought over 100 coats to Greenhouse Ministries.
MYP began because a group of people saw a need to provide professional development, networking and community outreach opportunities to the young professionals in the Murfreesboro and Rutherford County community. With improvements along the way, Painter has great sight for the future of MYP and can see the difference from its early days to its current state. “I can definitely see improvement in the organization from when we began four years ago. I was a founding member of this organization so I’ve had the opportunity to see firsthand the improvement. I’ve seen the organization go from four members to 70,” Painter said about the state of MYP.
“We have also established some great supportive community partners over the last four years. Without the financial support of Saint Thomas Rutherford and State Farm, we would not be able to host the caliber of programs that we’ve hosted. We also would not be able to provide our members with additional leadership roles such as the three committee seats and one ex officio board seat for United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties,” Painter added.
MYP is open to young professionals under 40 in the area and Painter always has a list of several reasons why people should join the group.
“I am constantly telling people they should join MYP because of the return on investment. I can promise everyone my return has been far greater than the time and service I have given to this organization. My business has benefitted from me being a member of MYP. Multiple bookings and clients have come from MYP members. I’ve also gained unmeasurable experiences through my leadership roles that I may not have been given because of my age in other organizations. MYP has also given me opportunities to make an impact on my community through our outreach efforts such as sponsoring children’s birthdays through Candle Wishes or raising money for the agencies of United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties. I have also gained many great friends along the way.” Painter said.
To learn more about MYP or become a member, visit murfreesboroyp.org.