Where emerging leaders connect

Charleston Young Professionals

Who is CYP?

Charleston Young Professionals (CYP) was created as an arm of the Chamber to attract, retain and develop young professionals in the Charleston region. CYP is a 1000+ member-strong organization that is widely recognized as an action-oriented powerhouse of the region’s up and coming young leaders.

CYP has four key pillars that guide our programs, events and initiatives: Connections, Policy, Professional Development and Service.

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I'm a member of CYP


Thank you for being a part of CYP! We hope that you will find your fit within this community.  Keep scrolling to learn more about our four key pillars and the programs and events that you can get involved with.


CYP membership is free for you as long as your employer is a member of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. Fill out the CYP Corporate Membership Application (this will ensure that we have your name and information in our system for future CYP communication)


If you change employers and they don’t maintain a chamber membership, you can continue membership for a very small annual fee.


Interested in speaking with someone to learn more about how this great community can benefit you? Contact us.

I'm not a CYP member


If your employer is a Chamber member, you can join CYP for free and start enjoying all the benefits of membership immediately!


If your employer is not a Chamber member, and try as you might, you’ve been unable to talk them into joining, you can still be a part of CYP for a nominal fee of $75. Apply Now

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Find Ways to Plug In


Networking events allow you to interact with a diverse group of business leaders and young professionals from a variety of industry sectors.

Get Involved:

  • YP 101
  • YP Connect
  • YP Kick-Off
  • CYP Cornhole Tournament

CYP Connection Pillar Sponsored by Venture X


Young professionals need to have access to the information and resources that drive policy in our region and the state.

Get Involved:

Professional Development

Professional development opportunities allow our members to build their careers and better themselves.

Get Involved:

  • YP Fuel
  • Mentor Roundtable


Serving and making an impact in our community is an important way to give back and discover what passions you have for volunteering.

Get Involved:

  • Annual “Day of Service”
  • Shem Creek Clean Up

CYP Service Pillar Sponsored by CSL Plasma

Interested in seeing what’s available for you as a CYP member?

Learn from a fellow YP

2022 CYP Kick Off Encourages Connections and Engagement

CYP kicked off 2022 with an astounding happy hour and connections event in Holy City’s new event space and welcomed 2022 CYP Chair, Jon Clark.

In Their Words

The diversity of experience and expertise has been an invaluable resource and has empowered me to be a more capable leader and a more engaged member of the community.

Samuel Swanson, Joint Base Charleston

In Their Words

Through CYP, I've attended one-of-a-kind events where I met interesting people and learned new skills that have taken my career, network and confidence to new heights.

Liz Wolfe, College of Charleston School of Business

In Their Words

Joining CYP has helped me meet other young professionals and make connections outside of the workplace, which has been essential for building a network here in the Lowcountry.

Maggie Wickey, South Carolina Federal Credit Union

In Their Words

“I really believe that this group of leaders [CYP] in our community have the answers for the challenges we face, we just have to listen to them.”

Helen Hill, Explore Charleston

Meet the CYP Steering Committee

Jon Clark
Lauren Ellis
Charleston County Economic Development

Celeste O'Keefe
Charleston Metro Chamber

Joey Current
Trident United Way
Carleigh Hoy
The Lanning Group
McCain Kerr
First National Bank of PA
Nikki Kuniej
Charleston Radio Group
Shelley Puckett
REV Federal Credit Union
Jaimee Salone
Charleston Metro Chamber
Pat Tang
Western & Southern Life

Want to take your CYP membership to the next level?

Join the Steering Committee!