Inspiring, preparing & connecting L.A.’s young professionals
There are three pillars upon which NextLA has built its programming: Professional Development, Civic Engagement and Networking Opportunities
Investing in our Future Business Leaders
Professional Development is important to both young professionals and employers. NextLA’s professional development programming include a wide variety of topics including:
- Boards & Commissions
- Business Management
- Communication Skills
- Cultural Awareness and Competency
- Financial Planning
- Growing Your Business
- Investing in One’s Self
- Managing Work Peers
- Personal Branding
- Public Speaking
- Relationship Management
- And many more!
Civic engagement can come in many forms, such as volunteering, nonprofit Board service and serving in public office (both elected and appointed). The value for young professionals in serving the community has been well documented — as well as the interest of young professionals in giving back. Civic engagement can help you:
- Establish and expand your network
- Build your resume
- Find balance
The L.A. Area Chamber is uniquely poised to help the members of NextLA with its connections to the nonprofit and government sector. In partnership with affiliated programs including Southern California Leadership Network (SCLN) and the Riordan Leadership Institute (RLI), members will have an opportunity to explore different pathways to civic engagement whether they participate directly in those programs or through partnership events and opportunities with them.
The value of networking cannot be underestimated. While social networking is ubiquitous these days, even in the workplace, professional networking goes far beyond memes and selfies. Today’s young professional may build a strong business and professional network for a variety of reasons: access to information about opportunities and trends in their industry or an industry in which they are interested in entering; job leads; and for the savvy entrepreneur it’s a way to connect to possible investors and supporters. The focus of networking should be for both short-term and long-term priorities.