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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  • Upcoming events

    October Executive Speaker Series: Robert Cabana
    Tuesday, October 02, 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!

    WHY ATTEND:
    - 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 

    EVENT SCHEDULE:
    - 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!

    Speaker Bio:
    After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1971, Robert D. Cabana was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He completed Naval Flight Officer training in Pensacola in 1972 and served as an A-6 bombardier/navigator with Marine Air Wings in Cherry Point, N.C., 
    and Iwakuni, Japan. He returned to Pensacola in 1975 for pilot training and was designated a Naval Aviator in September of 1976, earning the Daughters of the American Revolution award as the top Marine to complete flight training that year. He graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in 1981, and served in the Flight Systems Branch at the Naval Air Test Center until 1984.

    Cabana was selected as an astronaut candidate in June 1985 and completed his initial astronaut training in early 1986. He was assigned to the Johnson Space Center Astronaut Office, serving in a number of leadership positions including lead astronaut in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory; lead CAPCOM in Mission Control; and Chief of NASA’s Astronaut Office. 

    A veteran of four space flights, he has logged over 910 hours in space, serving as the pilot on missions STS-41 and STS-53, and Mission Commander on STS-65 and STS-88, the first assembly mission of the International Space Station in December of 1998. Following STS-88, he served in numerous, successively challenging, senior management positions, ultimately becoming Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston; Director of the Stennis Space Center in Miss.; and, currently, tenth Director of the Kennedy Space Center in Fla. He retired as a Colonel from the United States Marine Corps in September 2000, and was appointed a member of NASA’s Senior Executive Service. 

    He has logged over 7,000 hours in over 50 different kinds of aircraft. He is a Fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a 2008 inductee into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. He has received numerous personal awards and decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award, the National Space Club Florida Committee's Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award, and in 2015, he was the recipient of the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement, the National Space Trophy.

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    Networking Happy Hour: The Brass Tap
    Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 06:30 PM

    YCP Networking Happy Hour: The Brass Tap (October 16th 2018 at 6:30pm)

    Please join us for our third Networking Happy Hour event at The Brass Tap in Mills Park! YCP Happy Hours are a great way to meet young professionals, enjoy drinks, and have great conversations after work! This community shares job opportunities, strengthen each other in our faith, and challenges us to grow as Catholic professionals. 

    Admission to this event is FREE! Food and drinks will available at extended happy hour pricing! 

    KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
    - Business casual attire
    - Bring Business Cards
    - Bring a Friend

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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