Where emerging leaders connect

Charleston Young Professionals

Who is CYP?

In 2006, the one billionth song was purchased from Apple iTunes, Google purchased YouTube for $1.65 billion and Pluto was downgraded from planet to dwarf planet. That same year, Charleston Young Professionals (CYP) was created as an arm of the Chamber to attract, retain and develop young professionals in the Charleston Region.

Now, more than 14 years later, Apple has sold more than 35 billion songs, YouTube is now worth $70 billion, Pluto is still not getting any respect and CYP is now a 1000+ member strong organization that is widely recognized as an action-oriented powerhouse of the region’s up and coming young leaders.

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You may already be a member of CYP!

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

Not sure if your employer is a Chamber member?

Not A Member?

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.

Still interested in joining CYP?

CYP provides a variety of professional and personal growth opportunities

Programs and Events

YP 101

The first stop on the CYP trail, YP 101 provides an in-depth orientation while connecting you to fellow CYP members in a casual environment.

YP Fuel

This quarterly series provides invaluable career knowledge designed to fuel a member’s professional success and offers incredible opportunities for personal development.

YP Wake Up

A quarterly coffee series that connects you with cutting-edge speakers in subject areas that matter. Speakers provide updates on industry-specific issues and help you start your day feeling motivated and inspired to apply what you’ve learned.


Inspire the next generation of future leaders. Through CYP’s partnership with the Chamber’s Career Academies initiative, #YPAMA positions members of CYP in area high schools to facilitate quarterly panels to share their personal and professional journeys with students.

Chamber Connect

Meet new people and discover new places at social events throughout the region, promoting cultural, entertainment and lifestyle opportunities. Chamber Connect is held quarterly in collaboration with Local Area Chambers. Develop new contacts across multiple industries while sharing ideas and collaborating with others doing business in your community.

Learn from a fellow YP

Member's Perspective on the 2020 Economic Outlook Conference

A member of the CYP Steering Committee, Maggie Wickey, attended the Chamber’s 2020 Economic Outlook Conference and had some great takeaways for YP’s to be aware of for the next two years.

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

Robyn DuRant
The Boeing Company
Maggie Wickey
Vice Chair
South Carolina Federal Credit Union
Erica Brochu-Deese
CYP Coordinator
Charleston Metro Chamber
Ryan Cass
The Boeing Company
Jon Clark
Success After Graduation
Joey Current
Trident United Way
Lauren Ellis
City of North Charleston, Office of the Mayor
Kara Hicks
The Boulevard Company
Katie Holba
Volvo Cars USA
Carleigh Hoy
Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP
Michael Samuel
Samuel Swanson
628th Air Base Wing
Anthony Valentino
Commonwealth Financial Group
Grace Wachowski
Seamon Whiteside
Liz Wolfe
School of Business- College of Charleston

Want to take your CYP membership to the next level?

Join the Steering Committee!