PLATTSBURGH - The Champlain Valley Business and Professional Women's Club wants young people to succeed in their professions and continues to make an effort so see that happens.
Each year, the organization participates in the Virginia Allan Young Careerist Program, which recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of young professionals. The program is named for Virginia Allan, past president of Business and Professional Women/USA, the national organization which oversees chapters like the Champlain Valley BPW. Allan initiated the program in 1964 as a way to create a mutually beneficial partnership between young working adults and BPW.
According to Champlain Valley BPW president Vicki L. Marking, the program provides "an opportunity for encouragement, support and recognition of women and men in the early stages of their careers."
"What we want to do is highlight the really high-quality young professionals we do have in the Plattsburgh area," said Marking.
The program, which is open to women and men ages 21-35, invites potential honorees to submit applications and prepare four-minute speeches based on a list of provided subjects, said Marking. The applications are then reviewed by a committee before applicants present their speeches in front of the panel of judges.
"We're really looking for someone who wants to further their career, someone who wants to tweak their writing, their public speaking, their interview skills," said Marking. "We're looking for someone who exemplifies the total package of what a Young Careerist should be."
Kristy M. Kennedy, Plattsburgh, is among the past recipients of the Young Careerist of the Year Award. Kennedy - who received the recognition in 2008 for her speech about how the world would change if a woman were elected president - went on to compete at the regional and national levels. Participating in the program was highly beneficial for her, she said.