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17 Young Professional Groups in Memphis

Photo: Latino Memphis

Memphis is filled with people who want to invest and enjoy their lives here. We’ve got a list of several young professional organizations that encourage like-minded individuals to share their own knowledge and experiences, network, and socialize.


Photo: Breezy Torres from Undercurrent at Felicia Suzanne’s

Undercurrent brings together Memphis’ young professionals in fun, unique ways across the city. There are no memberships or fees, you just simply RSVP and show up. Previous events have been held at Loflin Yard, Tin Roof, the New Daisy, and more. This is one of the more unique opportunities for young professionals, as the environment is more casual and social. There’s almost always a drink special for the night, and you get to meet some of the most interesting people in Memphis. Check their Facebook for the information on upcoming events.

New Memphis’ mission is to attract, develop, activate and retain talent in Memphis. They have branded themselves as a talent engine, and they work to encourage networking among professionals and an understanding of our city and the talent inside it. Though a series of programs including their Fellows Series, New Memphis works to educate and develop Memphis’ top talent. Follow them on Facebook for updates on current projects.

In their own words, Leadership Memphis strives to connect leaders to leaders, leaders to information, and leaders to community. Through a variety of ongoing programs, they work to bring people together with an emphasis on diversity and multiculturalism. Each Leadership Memphis project affects positive change by bringing together some of the top leaders to work in the community. To apply for admission into the program, go here.

Photo: Cowork Memphis

Photo: Cowork Memphis

Described as a support system, educational network, and think tank, Cowork Memphis provides a space for work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, entrepreneurs, and more to work in a shared space. Events and workshops are hosted for Cowork Memphis members and the Mid-South business community. Keep up with what’s going on by following them on Facebook.

A Young Professional Council of the Greater Memphis Chamber, SoundCheck was created to be a resource to young professionals in the Memphis area. The city’x next generation of business leaders fuels this group, and there are three teams in the organization: Chairman’s Outer Circle, #MemUP, and next steps. Different memberships are available, and those interested should contact Christina Meek via email at or call 901-543-3504.

Photo: MULYP

Photo: MULYP

MULYP is well known for being one of the largest networks for young professionals. They provide opportunities for volunteering, networking, collaborating, and more for their members. They aim to use this generation of professionals to create positive change in the community. The next membership orientation session will be held in October, and to join go here.

Membership to CELL is open to individuals who are owners or employees of a business or organization that is a member of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce. Members are entitled to a variety of perks including access to community and business leaders, events, volunteer partnerships with local businesses, networking and socializing, and leadership and professional development opportunities. To join, visit their website.

The Emerging Leaders Society works to connect with community leaders and young professionals, serve the community through volunteerism, and create leaders in the community with a focus on advocacy and philanthropy.  A donation of $100 is required to join. For more membership information, contact Karlisa Kuykindall via email at or by phone at 901-433-4312.

Memphis YPACS is a community-based volunteer organization that offers networking and volunteer opportunities for young professionals who have a passion for assisting the American Cancer Society in their fight against cancer. For information on joining, go here.

Photo: The Dixon's Young at Art

Photo: The Dixon’s Young at Art

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens’ Young at Art group offers a social experience for young people interested in art and the ability to meet other creatives that share your interests. YAA memberships also include a membership to The Dixon, and they include access to several exciting events like Art on Tap, Culture and Cocktails, and more. Go here to join.

Junior Achievement is currently looking to launch its first Young Professionals Board. Applications must be submitted by December 1 via their website. During their two-year term, members will volunteer with JA at least twice each year and attend quarterly board meetings as well as social networking events. Contact Cody Fletcher at for more information.

An association for Memphis area young real estate professionals, MYPN works to create networking opportunities for young people in a field where younger people are outnumbered two-to-one by people 40 and older. The group focuses on working to build strong relationships within the field through social events and educational experiences. Keep up with them on Facebook for updates on current actives.

Photo: PRSA Memphis

Photo: PRSA Memphis

Memphis’ chapter of the Public Relations Society of America provides an excellent source of networking for public relations and journalism professionals in the area. Their monthly luncheons feature speakers and presentations, and the opportunity to meet other professionals in the field. For more information on joining and to check out their discounted rates for young members, go here.

The American Advertising Federation, Memphis chapter, works to connect professionals within the field of all levels including those who work independently, at an ad agency, in-house, in school or as a consultant. Individual and company memberships are available, and those who work in any aspect of advertising are invited to join and take advantage of networking and educational opportunities.

AMA members share knowledge and experiences in the field of marketing, attend networking events, and gain access to training programs. Communication and engagement among marketing professionals is the cornerstone of this group. Young professionals, college students, and doctoral students receive heavily discounted membership rates. To learn more visit their membership website.

Latino Memphis hosts several events for young professionals in the Memphis area, and you do not have to be Hispanic to participate. Their next event is coming up on October 8th. Follow them on Facebook for updates.

The Memphis Jewish Federation houses YAD, a dynamic group of Jewish young adults under age 40, who are committed to building a stronger Jewish community in Memphis, Israel and throughout the world. YAD hosts a variety of social, educational, community service, philanthropic and leadership development programs allowing them young Jewish professionals to engage and network within the community. Contact Stacy Wagerman, Young Adult Division Director, via email at or by phone at (901) 767-7100 for more information on how to join.

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