What I have learned in two weeks: Tech Valley Young Professionals Network

From the desk of Karen Lombardo, Owner, Put Another Way, LLC


It has been just about two weeks since our kickoff meeting of the Tech Valley Young Professionals Network (YPN). This is a dynamic group of mentors matched with mentees looking to learn from each other and grow as individuals and professional people.

Allyson is my mentee. She is a dynamic and intelligent young woman. I love her energy and outlook. We have met for coffee a few times and have collaborated on our list of things we want to do and learn from each other. I find the conversations so easy and from the mentor standpoint, I smile at the recognition of skills and life lessons I have learned in my 30 years of professional experience.

While at that initial kick-off breakfast, our table of 8 became a group in and of itself. We are meeting March 1st to see how we are all doing and check in on what we have learned so far. Our horizons are getting clearer and broader.

Here is a quick snapshot of the past two weeks:

  • I am reading the book Curious by Ian Leslie. The author speaks of challenging your curiosity and the role curiosity plays as a mental muscle!
  • Podcasts: Who knew there are so many options to view and listen to. I am actually inspired to start my own! Thanks Allyson!
  • Allyson and I spoke about effectively communicating in the workplace with all types of people at all levels in the organization.
  • Goals: We both have goals personally and professionally and we talked about setting goals and making them a reality. She is awesome!
  • Training and professional growth. What are our options, and can we do something together?

If you have ever been inspired to work with others and share your knowledge of both wins and losses, try the Tech Valley Young Professionals Network(YPN).  You will be a better person and perhaps share your ideas and visions with someone and make a difference. It is time well spent!

YPN, a workforce development initiative, helps connect, develop, and empower young professionals in New York’s Capital Region. It offers professional development, networking, and civic engagement opportunities to ensure a strong talent pipeline in Tech Valley.

If you are a young professional looking to get involved in our community and develop yourself professionally, e-mail Brandi Landy or call 518.431.1414 to get involved in YPN!

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