Humble Beginnings 2009-2016
In 2009 a group of dedicated, young professionals began meeting bi-monthly for breakfast to broaden their relationships throughout Philadelphia and its suburbs. As personal and business relationships developed, the core group wanted to expand the forum they created in an attempt to give the Philadelphia community an opportunity to network with one another in a laid back, business casual environment.
The YB founders set out to expand on a mutual understanding that your personal and professional networks are a direct result of the effort you put in to their creation. There is more to networking than simply exchanging business cards---YBConnected will continue seek opportunities for Philadelphia's young professionals to build relationships that endure.
Next Chapter 2016-Now
As YBConnected matured and founders progressed in their professional and personal lives it became challenging for most of the YB founders to keep the same level of engagement. Clearly YBBoard needed an injection of Young Blood. Matt Blank, President put out a letter to the YB Network seeking individuals who would want to get involved and received overwhelming enthusiastic response. Instead of 15-16 as expected, about 60 people raised their hands and offered to help. It was decided to create a competitive environment in order to select the cream of the crop among the candidates for YBBoard. There was 3 team created and a series of the 3 mini-events was announced. Each team was responsible to put on their own event from zero to hero. Afterwards all team members voted for their peers to select who should join the current YBBoard. Starting in 2017 the new YBBoard is taking the lead to put on even bigger, bolder and more engaging YB Events with signature YB Brand style. Buckle up!