The Portland Business Alliance's Emerging Professionals of Portland (EPOP) program is the place where young professionals in Portland can prosper and grow in their careers, build a peer network and get exposure to business leaders. EPOP brings together the Alliance's EMERGE program and the Young Professionals of Portland.
EPOP offers programming focused on education and professional development, civic engagement and networking.
EPOP Book Crawl: The EPOP Book Crawl is a hybrid between a book club and a pub crawl. Every few months, the group will select a business-related book to read and meet at a local pub to discuss. To join the group virtually, check out EPOP Book Crawl’s page on GoodReads.
EPOP Last Tuesday: EPOP Last Tuesday is the place to network with like-minded young professionals in Portland while offering an opportunity to get civically engaged by meeting our featured monthly nonprofit. This event is hosted on the last Tuesday of each month by a different venue, features a no-host bar, complimentary appetizers and a door prize. There is no charge to attend and pre-registration is not required.
EPOP Exclusive: The EPOP Exclusive event series is geared toward connecting emerging civic and business leaders with established civic and business leaders in the Portland region. EPOP Exclusives feature a moderated yet informal Q & A session with the featured guest as well as an opportunity to network with like-minded young professionals. Complimentary appetizers and drinks are provided. The event is $15 for members and $25 for non-members.
EPOP Engage: EPOP Engage events consist of volunteer activities with different Portland-metro nonprofit organizations. The events are held at various times of the day and usually last about three hours.
EPOP partners will 11 nonprofits each year to showcase the great work they do in the community and encourage young professionals to get civically involved. Each partner is featured at a Last Tuesday networking event and all nonprofit partners come together for EPOP's End of the Year Last Tuesday in June.
2015-16 Nonprofit Partners:
“Through my involvement in EPOP, I’ve had access to impactful volunteer opportunities with a variety of nonprofits, countless opportunities to be a leader amongst my peers through involvement with committees and the board, and the unique chance to work with the next generation of our community’s leaders.”