Elevating the Region's Talent


Supporting the Orlando Regional Chamber’s pillar of talent development, YP:NEXT’s (formerly YPAC) mission is to provide Central Florida’s millennial generation with strategic tools, tactics and knowledge to prepare them for their future of work and leadership. YP:NEXT provides employers the opportunity to immerse rising young employees in professional development programming designed to support regional efforts to attract and retain today’s top talent.

At bi-monthly meetings, members participate in a series of workshops, conversations and opportunities to learn best practices to address the changes and challenges facing our society and workforce now and into the future.


YP:NEXT brings together an inclusive and diverse group of high-performing young professionals under the age of 39 for professional development, networking opportunities and access to key community leaders.

  • Orlando Economic Partnership investors receive complimentary membership seats depending on investor level; additional seats can be purchases for a $250 annual membership fee.
  • Orlando Regional Chamber members can join for a $250 annual membership fee for each YP:NEXT participant.
  • Non-Chamber/Partnership members/investors can join for a $350 annual membership fee for each YP:NEXT participant.


YP:NEXT meetings are typically held from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, located at 301 East Pine Street, 9th floor, Orlando. Optional volunteer opportunities, networking opportunities, socials and professional development workshops will be regularly added to the calendar.

Attendance Policy

YP:NEXT members are expected to attend four (4) of the six (6) formal  meetings.


The YP:NEXT is a program of the Orlando Regional Chamber, a core component of the Orlando Economic Partnership. Elesa Sowell, Associate, Shutts & Bowen, serves as the 2019-2020 YP:NEXT Chair.

Mentorship Opportunities with iGRO

In 2017, a volunteer committee comprised of members of YP:NEXT launched iGRO, a two-month program designed to retain our business community’s summer interns and new hires by showcasing why Orlando is an ideal place to live, work and play. Members of YP:NEXT can volunteer on the iGRO committee and/or as a volunteer mentor to a 2020 iGRO participant.


If you would like more information on how to join YP:NEXT, contact Patricia Thomas, Associate Director of Operations and Programs, Orlando Regional Chamber, at or 407.902.2443.


 2019-2020 YP:NEXT Members

 2019-2020 YP:NEXT Schedule

YP:NEXT Membership Form