Young Professionals and Talent Retention

If you are a young professional looking for a way to connect with the community, network, and develop as a leader, Innovation Valley has several opportunities for you!

Endeavor Young Professionals Summit

A production of the Knoxville Chamber, the Endeavor Young Professionals Summit is a celebration of the next generation of leaders in Knoxville. It aims to create a space for young professionals to get engaged, become empowered, and provide opportunities to get involved. The goal is to recruit, retain and empower YPs in the Knoxville community. The next summit is slated for September 15, 2017.

Young Professionals of Knoxville (YPK)

We're committed to the vision of "our" Knoxville – a place where young professionals serve the community; unite with one another, and inspire greatness. We seek to develop relationships with ambitious, skilled, and selfless members across a myriad of careers and industries within the Knoxville community. We are YPK, an organization that unifies young professionals through building relationships, serving our community and cultivating our Knoxville.

Knoxville Area Urban League Young Professionals

The Young Professionals of the Knoxville Area Urban League is an affiliate of the National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP), a nationwide network of young professionals who provide leadership development, economic empowerment and community volunteer opportunities for other young professionals.

Young Professionals of Oak Ridge

The mission of the Young Professionals of Oak Ridge (YPOR) is to encourage growth and development of young professionals, and to assist in providing knowledge and encouraging community involvement in the areas of business, social, cultural, and recreational activities.

Early Career Professionals at ORNL

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory Early Career Professionals will foster an inclusive environment for Young Professionals. The sustainability of the lab depends upon the growth and contribution of unseasoned professionals. The purpose of the organization will be to promote ORNL as an employer of choice for promising talent and to provide the lab with recommendations for the enhancement of the work environment. Only with inclusivity can ORNL attract and retain the best and brightest.

United Way of Great Knoxville Young Leaders' Society

United Way of Greater Knoxville brings together resources to improve the lives of people in our community by helping them achieve their potential for self-sufficiency. Through 101 programs of 51 partner agencies, United Way focuses on the areas of Education, Income, and Health – the building blocks for a
good life. You can help fulfill their mission by becoming a member of the Young Leaders’ Society (YLS), which is open to anyone who makes a donation of any amount to United Way of Greater Knoxville and who is between the ages of 21-45. YLS members will be invited to participate in networking events, service projects, and exclusive presentations from some of the area’s top corporate leaders.


Connect Y-12

Connect Y-12 provides opportunities for employees working at the Y-12 National Security Complex who are early in their careers to join together with peers and business leaders for professional development and networking events at Y 12 and in the surrounding communities.


Knoxville Bar Association Barristers

The Barristers' mission is threefold: to advocate, educate, and serve. Its membership consists of over 350 young lawyers who meet the basic eligibility requirements: (1) the member must also be an active member of the greater KBA and (2) the member must be 36 years of age or younger or must have been practicing law for five years or less.

Probably no other local bar association and group of young attorneys work harder or have a more diverse list of public service opportunities than those right here in Knoxville. While providing valuable and appreciated public service, these young lawyers have fun enjoying each other and serving others. For more information about the Barristers, please contact any member of the Barristers Executive Committee or feel free to contact the Chairs of the Barristers Committees.

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Knoxville Sports and Social Club provides recreational sports leagues and social events for adults over 21.