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 http://www.youngcatholicprofessionals.org/membership to learn more and register.

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    YCP Orlando Anniversary Celebration
    Thursday, March 05, 2020 at 07:00 PM

    YCP Orlando: 2nd Year Anniversary Celebration

    All young professionals are invited to join YCP Orlando for our Anniversary Event featuring Thad Seymour, Jr., Ph.D., Interim President at University of Central Florida and Katie Glockner Seymour, Ambassador at University of Central Florida, on March 5th at 7:00pm at Catholic Campus Ministry at UCF! Come network with other young professionals, and listen to great insights from our speakers!

    WHY ATTEND:
    -Complimentary wine, beer and refreshments
    -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

    EVENT SCHEDULE:
    7:00pm: Networking with Complimentary Beer, Wine, and Refreshments
    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!

    Please RSVP through the form below!
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    SPEAKER BIOS

    Thad Seymour was selected as interim president by UCF’s Board of Trustees on Feb. 21, 2019. Thad also serves as UCF’s Vice President for Partnerships and Chief Innovation Officer, focused on expanding and deepening the university’s partnerships and enhancing UCF’s ability to cultivate the talent needed to strengthen and diversify Central Florida’s economy.

    Prior to his current role, Thad spent two years leading efforts to bring UCF Downtown to life and positioning the campus, which will open in August, as an innovative model of 21st-century higher education. Before that, he led the development of UCF’s Collective Impact Strategic Plan, which was unanimously approved by the UCF Board of Trustees in May 2016.

    Before UCF, Thad’s three-decade business career included senior executive roles with large healthcare and technology companies, as well as multiple early stage businesses. As senior vice president of Tavistock Development Company, he led strategy and business development for Lake Nona Medical City and helped bring more than $3 billion in health and life sciences investment to the fast-growing innovation cluster.

    Thad also led the recruitment of the United States Tennis Association to Orlando to build the nation’s largest tennis complex, and founded and served as president of the Lake Nona Institute, a not-for-profit organization committed to driving innovative collaboration among Lake Nona’s diverse partners, including health and wellness, education and sustainability. It also hosts the widely acclaimed annual Lake Nona Impact Forum.

    Thad served as a board member of BioFlorida and was the 2015 recipient of the BioFlorida Leadership Award. He co-chaired bioOrlando and is a past chair of the Florida Research Consortium. Within the Orlando community, Thad has served on the board of Visit Orlando and the president’s advisory council of Valencia College. He is a past chair of StarterStudio, a nonprofit entrepreneurial support and co-working organization in downtown Orlando, and Shepherd’s Hope, which provides free medical care to more than 20,000 uninsured patients throughout Central Florida. Thad currently serves as an executive committee member of the Orlando Economic Partnership.

    Thad holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Dartmouth College and a Master of Arts and doctorate, both in History, from the University of Wisconsin. He also holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He and his wife, Katie, have three grown children.
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    Katie Glockner Seymour’s official title is UCF Ambassador and in her role she advocates for our students and campus community everyday with people throughout Central Florida. Prior to joining the UCF family, Katie served for many years as the assistant director of Admissions for Trinity Preparatory School and earlier, as a marketing executive for The Quaker Oats Company. She is an active community and international volunteer, having served on multiple boards of directors and is a former president of the Florida Executive Women organization. Since 2001, Katie has served as a missioner for the Dominican Republic with the Diocese of Orlando, serving in classrooms, building sites, and a hospital in our Sister Diocese and hosting Dominican students in the Seymour's Lake Mary home. Katie is also an active volunteer with Shepherd's Hope, a non-profit providing health care to the uninsured in Central Florida. She is raising her fifth puppy for Canine Companions for Independence, which helps to train and place highly skilled assistance dogs for people in need throughout the country.

    Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is the recipient of the Alumnae Medal of Honor from Mount Holyoke College

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Orlando Leadership Team

Maureen Furino

Chapter President

Nair Mussi

Director of Membership

Matthew DeSalvo

Director of Technology

Katie Wilkes

Director of Operations

Christina Woodman

Director of Marketing

Lisa Sojourner

Director of Evangelization

Annie Lopez

Director of Outreach

Christie Arnold

Assistant Director of Marketing

Walter Moreira

Social Media Coordinator

Taylor Burke

Assistant Director of Technology

Andy Sojourner

Assistant Director of Evangelization

Orlando Board of Directors

Kevin Shaughnessy

Chairman, Professional Board Member

Amanda Livermore

Young Professional Board Member

Dr. Drew Byrnes, DMD

Young Professional Board Member

Anis Khalaf

Young Professional Board Member

Gary Sanford

Young Professional Board Member

Steve Zepf

Professional Board Member

Kimberly Zeiler

Young Professional Board Member

Orlando Chaplain

Rev. Joshua Swallows

Orlando Chaplain