Young professionals unite in Derry and LondonderryBy HUNTER McGEE
Union Leader Correspondent
March 23. 2014 9:04PM
DERRY — Attracting talented young business professionals and helping to retain them in the Derry-Londonderry area is the mission of a newly formed organization.
The Derry-Londonderry Young Professionals Network just became the 12th such young professional network in the Granite State, according to a news release.
The organization plans to achieve its mission through engagement, opportunity and advocacy, the release said.
“We’re showing local businesses that there are young people who are driven and want to help enhance their business,” said Nicholas del’Etoile, chairman of DLYPN. “We also want to show people that there are businesses out there who want to hire young employees.”
The organization is a welcome addition to the area, said Stacey Bruzzese, executive director of the Greater Derry-Londonderry Chamber of Commerce.
“We are extremely excited to have such an energetic group of young business professionals networking and doing business in their own communities.” Bruzzese said. “Too often we lose our young talent to neighboring cities and states, but talent retention is an important factor in the economic development of our region. The support we provide to young professionals will not only benefit them in their career growth, but our entire community as we benefit from a greater talent pool at the local level.”
An organization called Stay Work Play is also pleased with the addition of the network, said, Kate Luczko, executive director of Stay Work Play.
“It’s great to see additional growth in our Young Professional Networks throughout the state, those we consider the ‘boots on the ground’ doing so much to help engage, and thus help retain, our best and brightest in New Hampshire,” Luczko said.
The mission of Stay Work Play, a nonprofit organization, is to: “work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, work force, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities,” Luczko said.
The other eleven, regionally based, young professionals networks include: Catapult (Seacoast), Central New Hampshire (Plymouth), Concord (CYPN), Fusion (Lakes Region), HYPE: Helping Young Professionals Excel (Salem), iUGO (Nashua), Keene, Manchester (MYPN), Mt. Washington Valley (MWVYPN), the Young Professionals of Sullivan County, and Upper Valley (UVYP). Collectively these groups have over 10,000 New Hampshire young professional members.
The Derry Londonderry Young Professionals will be holding their next event on Monday, April 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 603 Brewery in Londonderry. Details can be found on the DLYPN event page at www.eventbrite.com.