Young Professionals

A&WMA values and strongly supports the development of our young professionals (YPs) by constructing services and activities designed to strengthen our membership base younger than 35. In addition to offering a discounted membership rate, YPs enjoy all the benefits of full membership and have access to YP-only programs, including networking and mentorship opportunities.
YPs receive discounted annual dues for the first five consecutive years of membership.

RECENT GRADUATES: If you're a student member and have just graduated, you are eligible for a one-year A&WMA YP membership as a free gift! Contact to take advantage of this offer today.

Young Professionals Network
Stay connected. Many Sections and Chapters have active YP groups who plan programs, networking events, and activities tailored toward YPs. Members find these connections and networking opportunities beneficial to career advancement.

YP Events at the Annual Conference
See what hundreds of young professionals are discovering at A&WMA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition (ACE). YPs have plenty of opportunities at the conference to network, present, and publish their work, and further their professional education.

ACE 2022 is taking place June 27-30, 2022 in San Francisco, CA. Details on the YP events will be announced later this year.

Outstanding Young Professional Award
The Outstanding Young Professional Award recognizes an individual or individuals who are pursuing excellence in their careers and have made a valuable contribution to A&WMA by serving in a leadership position. This award is presented annually. 

Congratulations to Stephanie Taylor for receiving the 2021 OYP Award!

Young Professionals Advisory Council 
The A&WMA Young Professional Advisory Council (YPAC) advises the A&WMA Board of Directors and other Councils of services and activities to effectively engage YPs. This Council recruits and retains YP members by fostering relationships with current YP members, employers, and A&WMA Sections and Chapters, by serving in roles within A&WMA, and by facilitating the integration of student members into the Association upon graduation. 

Not sure where to start? Contact YPAC Chair Paul Algu and see how you can get involved. 


Connect with A&WMA YPs! 


The YP Connection Newsletter
Latest Issue: April 2021

If you would like to submit an article, please send an email with "YP Connection" in the subject line to

YPAC is also looking for volunteers to share career tips and content for young professionals in the YP Perspective column in EM Magazine. Contact Kerry Weichsel at if you are interested.
YP Advice Column
Have a question about young professional life? Ask here! Answers remain anonymous and we will repost it on the A&WMA YP LinkedIn page.
New A&WMA Mentoring Program!
Want to get involved and make a difference one-on-one? A&WMA is kicking off our Mentoring Program and is seeking mentors and mentees to get started. View the criteria and contact YPAC Chair Paul Algu to sign up and be a part of this exciting program.