BN360 Young Professionals Week roundup

More young professionals are recognizing the value in engaging in community activities and networking with others to create strong relationships, seek out job leads, and career advice.

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BN360 Spotlight Professionals

Since 2008, the Partnership’s young professionals program, Buffalo Niagara 360 (BN360), has served as the region’s premier young professionals program.

As we enter our seventh year of programming, our mission continues to be centered on the tenets of leadership development, business networking and community engagement.

Last week, BN360 hosted Young Professionals Week as a way to introduce members to the programs, strategic partners and sponsors. Up-and-coming venues, trending topics, great food, drinks and networking were at the center of each event.

The week started with “Who’s Who in Buffalo Niagara Professional Development” hosted at The Foundry. Various young professional and professional development groups gathered to display the work being done in the region.

Attendees learned how to become involved in the many organizations that are making positive changes to the Buffalo Niagara region.

Tuesday night, we collaborated with StartUp Grind at D!g for a fireside chat with Daniel Penberthy, a founding member of the NASDAQ as well as CFO & Executive Vice President of Rand Capital.

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Young professionals gathered at our KickOff Celebration

Audience members walked away with impressionable counsel from Mr. Penberthy regarding start-ups, entrepreneurship and most importantly, the power of networking: “Don’t underestimate your network!”

Social media and ethics was the focus of Wednesday’s event. We were joined by the Social Media Club of Buffalo and the Public Relations Society of America Buffalo Niagara Chapter for a panel discussion.

Attendees gained insight from local experts into the ethical challenges that social media presents and walked away with food for thought from the panelists regarding their organization’s social media policy.

“Just because speech is free doesn’t mean you get a free pass. Having a social media policy from the start is incredibly important,” said Tony Astran, President of the Buffalo Niagara chapter of PRSA.

We wrapped up the week with our seventh annual “Kickoff Celebration” hosted at the brand new Apartments at the Hub.

Many of the region’s talented young professionals, including this year’s ‘Spotlight Professionals’, joined us for food, drinks, and networking as we introduced this year’s program calendar which includes a return of the following programs:

  • Game Changers: presented by Alliance Advisorysave the date bn360
  • Happy Hour For a Cause: presented by Citi
  • BN360 Gives Back
  • Board 101

In addition to these familiar favorites, we also announced a new program that we are proud to introduce in accordance with Canisius College Center for Professional Development: Skills for Success.

We want to thank all of our sponsors, and attendees, who helped make Young Professionals week such a success.

We look forward to continuing another year of providing our region’s young professionals with resources and opportunities to continue to grow and flourish in Buffalo Niagara.

Register today for our first Happy Hour for a Cause to benefit Bunkers for Baghdad!