To develop and enhance opportunities for the next generation of the Northampton area’s business leaders. We strive to provide opportunities for our members to grow personally, professionally, socially, and philanthropically.
Who We Are
The Northampton Area Young Professionals is a membership based organization comprised of employees from some of the region’s top businesses and non-profits. Our membership base is as diverse as the Northampton area, with self-employed entrepreneurs, hospital staff, college students, non-profit executives, lawyers, bankers, and many more. NAYP is an affiliate group of the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce.
How We Got Here
In the Spring of 2007, the membership committee of the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce met to discuss opportunities to enhance its benefits and get more involvement from its member businesses. Two young committee members, Tom Wall and Ned Leutz, recommended creating a new organization within the chamber that focused on young career-minded individual. Their goal was to create a group that could stand alone and achieve great things, while building bridges between young and established members of the community.
Over the course of that summer, a strategic plan and operating goals were developed. When the final plan was presented to the Northampton Chamber’s Board of Directors, it was met with overwhelming favor. A kickoff event was organized and the first “Party With a Purpose” social and networking event was held on September 6, 2007 at Look Memorial Park.
The NAYP would like to thank the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce for their support of our group. They have allowed us to work independently to create a truly amazing organization.
There are countless others who have put in a lot of work to get us to where we are today. Some of today’s largest contributors serve on the NAYP Board of Directors and various NAYP committees.
We’re thrilled to see the organization grow to where it is today. We had a tremendous beginning, and we’re looking forward to bringing the young professional community even more value in the years to come.