Valley Young Professionals gains three board members


The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) welcomes three new members to its Valley Young Professionals (VYP) board of directors: Julie Sorensen, operations administrator at CIGNA; Bethany Bennick, youth and education program coordinator with Phoenix Sister Cities, City of Phoenix; and Ashley LaRae Sampson, director of community relations for the Art Institute of Phoenix.

The VYP program, designed for professionals age 25 to 39, aims to create the next generation of Phoenix leaders through educational and networking opportunities.

“The newest additions to the board are a remarkable group,” Erin Mettille, VYP board of directors chair and business development executive for Slalom Consulting, said. “They’re bringing a diverse set of skills and perspectives that will keep VYP moving forward.”

The VYP board will focus on attracting young professionals to the area and retaining them, aligning its programming with the efforts of the chamber’s economic development initiative, Phoenix Forward.

“The chamber is honored to include these ambitious leaders to our Valley Young Professional board,” GPCC President and CEO Todd Sanders said. “Each one brings a sincere determination to inspire the next generation of leaders here in Phoenix.”

Sorensen, Bennick and Sampson join 13 other board members and will each serve an initial two-year term.

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