Young Catholic Professionals (YCP) is a national ministry founded in response to Pope Benedict’s challenge to foster “a new generation of Catholics.” Our mission is to encourage young adults working in various professions to Work in Witness for Christ. YCP Orlando Chapter consists of young adults in their 20s and 30s, single and married, who are highly motivated to achieve personal and professional success while seeking a greater understanding of their Catholic faith. We also welcome professionals who may not be Catholic, but are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith.

Catholics in their 20s and 30s today represent business leaders, philanthropists, young families and so much more. The future of our Church and its role in American society rests on whether or not this generation decides to embrace the gift of their faith, living it in all its fullness in their workplaces, homes, and social networks. Central to YCP’s mission of engaging young Catholic leaders is the importance of connecting them with seasoned Catholic professionals who have already made the choice to live out their faith in all aspects of their life. YCP offers its members an avenue to engage with prominent Catholic executives in a way that is unique among young adult ministries. YCP brings young adults together for a variety of events to foster Catholic identity, encourage community and inspire action. Our events include: Networking Happy Hour, Executive Speaker Series, St. Joseph the Worker Retreats, Service Projects and a National Members Conference.

As an organization, we have a Membership program. Member benefits are exclusive programs that help develop the spiritual, professional, and social lives of our ministry’s most committed supporters. Members gain valuable access to YCP’s network of Members nationwide in addition to the benefits provided within their city. Please go to to learn more and register.

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  • Upcoming events

    St. Joseph the Worker Retreat
    Saturday, December 01, 2018 at 08:30 AM

    Please join us for our Winter St. Joseph the Worker Retreat on December 1st at the Basilica of Mary, Queen of the Universe. This will be half day retreat that will bring us closer together as we all grow in our faith! We will provide more details as we get closer!

    Did we mention, this retreat is FREE? So invite your friends!

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    Executive Speaker Series: Barb Bowden
    Tuesday, December 04, 2018 at 07:00 PM

    All young professionals are invited to join YCP Orlando for our Executive Speaker Series! Come network with other young professionals and listen to great insights from our speaker!

    Barb Bowden is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and has been a member of Holy Family Catholic Church since relocating to Orlando in 1984. 

    Barb serves on the senior executive leadership team of Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando in the role of Complex Managing Director for Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Loews Royal Pacific Resort.

    Prior to joining Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando, Barb served as general manager of the Orange County Convention Center, the second largest convention and tradeshow facility in the United States. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Peabody Orlando, starting as a front desk supervisor and working her way through the ranks to become vice president general manager. Barb serves on the University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management Advisory Board and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Board of Directors. She is past-chairperson of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International Americas Board of Directors and has served as a member of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Women in Lodging Executive Board and Visit Orlando Board of Directors. 

    Barb serves as a Eucharistic Minister at Holy Family Catholic Church and has served on several parish and school ministries. She has been working with the women’s prison ministry since 2008.
    Barb and her husband David are celebrating 30 years of marriage this year. They love spending time with their children Matthew and his fiancé Amethyst and Rachel along with her husband Brian.


    - Free wine & beer 
    - Learn about their story and how Catholicism has played a key role in their career
    - Meet young Catholics committed to professional growth
    - Be a part of this challenging and inspiring community 

    - 7:00pm: Networking with Free Beer & Wine
    - 7:45pm: Presentation/Q&A with Presenter

    We encourage professional attire at YCP events. All young professionals in their 20s and 30s are invited to attend this free event. See you there!

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Orlando Leadership Team

Anne Olszewski

Chapter President

Maureen Furino

Director of Membership

Matthew DeSalvo

Director of Technology

Catherine Chu

Director of Operations

Michael Fleming

Director of Marketing

Megan Flautt

Director of Outreach

Andy Sojourner

Director of Evangelization

Orlando Board of Directors

Gary Sanford

Young Professional Board Member

Drew Byrnes

Young Professional Board Member

Anis Khalaf

Young Professional Board Member

Amanda Livermore

Young Professional Board Member

Kimberly Zeiler

Young Professional Board Member

Kevin Shaughnessy

Professional Board Member

Steve Zepf

Professional Board Member