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 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 partner. This event is hosted on the last Tuesday of each month at 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 but encouraged.
EPOP Exclusive: EPOP Exclusive event series is geared toward connecting emerging professionals with established civic and business leaders in the Portland region. Exclusives occur three times a year and feature a moderated yet informal Q & A session with the featured guest or panel 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.
2016-2017 NONPROFIT PARTNERS:
EPOP is altering its board structure in the new year, beginning July 1, to provide greater opportunities for board members to grow. Rather than a small group of board members with three disparate committees, EPOP will now be governed by one board consisting of up to 12 emerging professionals, who have interests in civic engagement, coordinating and supporting events, and marketing.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A BOARD MEMBER:
EPOP board members have an integral role in determining the events and overall functioning of the program. The board meets for one hour on the second Monday of each month. Board members are expected to volunteer between three and six hours each month, depending on the month and level of activities each board member engages in. There are also significant benefits to being a board member.
“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.”