Employee Resource Groups: Introducing the Young Professionals Network

Employee Resource Groups: Introducing the Young Professionals Network

Art by Lorena Lopez
By Life@TheU

Art by Lorena Lopez

Employee Resource Groups: Introducing the Young Professionals Network

By Life@TheU
Meet the University’s newest ERG and learn about its upcoming kick-off event and how to register.

Whether you’re a new employee or you’re looking to connect with new co-workers, the University of Miami’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) present opportunities to explore collaborative networks centered around a dimension of diversity, allowing you to make a positive impact within the University community. With a shared goal of enhancing a culture of belonging, ERGs are open to all employees.

Formerly known as the “Millennials ERG,” the Young Professionals Network (YPN), has relaunched with a focus on serving the University community by connecting professionals with their peers across all campuses and roles. Their formation, supported by Human Resources, is mission-based and goal-oriented. YPN’s mission is to create opportunities for:

  • Community and belonging: Sponsor social gatherings and provide a space for mutual trust and respect for everyone.
  • Development and collaboration: Support the advancement of young professionals at the University through professional development and with mentorship programming and resources.
  • Service and impact: Cultivate relationships with experienced professionals and engage them with the community through volunteer service.

"The YPN ERG will support emerging leaders from across the university,” said Mary Harper Hagan, vice president of Human Resources. “The group will empower our  professionals at early points in their career by creating a nurturing community of diverse professionals through programming for success and personal and professional growth."

Established by a team from across the University—which includes Adrian Nuñez, community engagement coordinator for government and community relations; Michael Konigsberg, IT project manager for University of Miami Health System; Shardonay Davis, programs manager for housing and residential life operations; and Chris Presley, programs manager for the Miller School of Medicine graduate and postdoctoral studyYPN hopes to create a space to support its peers and help them plant seeds in the greater South Florida community.

“We have so many new professionals at the University who moved to Miami from across the country and are eager to network,” explained Nuñez. “We want to offer everyone a platform through which they can not only collaborate and have opportunities for professional development but also get involved and transform lives through community involvement.”

Get Involved. 

As its kick-off event, on Wednesday, March 10 at 11 a.m., the YPN will host a lunchtime conversation via Zoom. Led by keynote speakers, Alexander Martin, assistant director for student athlete development, and Brittany Goins, assistant director for wellness and recreation, the event will introduce members to the many ways they can get involved with both athletics events and wellness programming at the University. RSVP here

As the University’s newest ERG, the YPN is looking to grow membership and broaden its impact. Professionals of all ages and career stages are welcome to join and learn about the unique challenges and opportunities facing those at the beginning of their career journey. For more information on future events and to be notified of outreach opportunities, join the YPN listserv.

In addition to YPN, the University is home to seven ERGs. For more information on the active groups or how to start your own, visit hr.miami.edu/erg and follow Life@TheU for ERG spotlights and features.