With the current generation of logistics, supply chain, and material handling executives starting to retire, developing the next generation of innovators has become a priority. But how to attract them to these fields and keep them involved? Some industry associations think "young professionals" groups will help to keep up-and-comers engaged and excited about their chosen profession.
These groups, usually formed and managed by young association members, usually target members age 30 and under, although some have an age limit of 40. They typically function as a forum for discussing topics of mutual interest, such as career paths and personal development, meeting peers on a social basis, and performing community service. They have their own LinkedIn and Facebook groups, publish blogs and newsletters, and run events and educational programs.
Several organizations have launched young professionals groups that may be of interest to DC VELOCITY readers. Among those we're aware of: