Monday, June 8, 2009

YPCV - Making Changes

The Young Professionals of Central Virginia has not only made major internal changes in the last 8 months, but YPCV has also made a difference in the communities that it serves.

Since October of last year, YPCV has added 300 new members/attendees, begun hosting monthly GROW (personal development) and LIVE (community service) events, and has undergone a much-needed branding change. Our reputation prior to October was that of a party group that cared more about hooking up and getting drunk than about true business-savvy networking, education, and service. That's all changed. YPCV has reinvented its self, and that's no small feat. Thanks to outstanding participation from each attendee at our events, the commitment, dedication, and talent of our board of directors, and new and profitable alliances with local businesses, we're "Back in the high life again" (many of you are too young to get that rad 80's music reference).

By the time you have a chance to read this, we will have launched our new website. It's going to be chock full of resources and information for all YPs in the region. Do you need to know what restaurants are recommended by YPs? We've got a list. Do you want to know the best hikes in the area? We've got a list of those too. Would you like a place to ask questions of other YPs and get answers? Great! We have a Forum. We have an interactive guide to the community, articles on how to dress to impress, and links to the Careers pages of the largest local companies.

Visit us at

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Monday Blahh...Yayyys!

Is this you on a Monday morning? Or, perhaps any day of the week after a big lunch at King's Island Chinese buffet? (sorry Jonathan)

Mondays don't have to be all about the Blahhs.
I'm learning that, if I get enough sleep during my weekend and I schedule my time in such a way that I'm not doing "worky" things, I can really look forward to hitting the office on Monday morning. This, I expect, will lead me to greater success in my profession.

What supervisor doesn't want to see a smiling worker already at the office when they show up on Monday morning? Right?

On Thursday night YPCV hosted an incredible 535 at Rivermont Pizza. The venue was outstanding and though I'd say that there were only about 60 of us there, we packed out the small-ish area that we had been given and moved into the main bar, forcing the restaurant to call in extra hands to serve food and drinks.

Opera on the James gave us a taste of their Don Giovanni performance, which will be on April 3rd (for tickets call 434-528-3397). I couldn't have been more impressed. I even attended an exhibition that one of the bass performers (Branch Fields) gave on Sunday at a local church. This guy just came to Lynchburg from BROADWAY!
Wow, it was amazing. I can't wait for the 3rd.

Opera is far, far, from my everyday experience, so seeing a performance last night, (along with doing some gardening in the yard), helped me to relax even better than usual.

Today, I feel like a million bucks. In a society where many of us work weekends and late nights, and productivity is our new American Idol, let me encourage you to truly relax on your days off. People who rest better, work better, and people who work better feel better about themselves and get their boss's attention.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

YPCV Fills Rivermont Pizza, A Prophecy

Ok, so, I'm not really a prophet. I'm just thinking that with all the comments I've heard in the last two weeks (so many people telling me that they're going), and with the showing we've been getting over the last couple of months, this is going to be a HUGE event. Rivermont Pizza is an awesome venue with incredible pizza and a massive selection of good beer. I can't imagine this Thursday being anything other than crowded, energetic, and stuffed with fun. What's that you say, you want to join us? Well, that could be tricky. It will involve you driving to Rivermont Pizza at 5:35pm and (if that weren't hard enough) going inside and hanging out with your friends (I know! tedious).


Actually, that's not very hard at all is it?
I'm just being silly now, but you SHOULD come and you should bring your friends too. This will be a great night to introduce them to YPCV.

I'll see you there.