Our members volunteer at local non-profit organizations & community events throughout the city. YPO also encourages our members to join Boards and Committees for those organizations.
Some of our community partners & events include:
• Basin BBQ Blowout
• Chris Kyle Memorial
• City of Odessa - Movies in the Park
• Education Foundation
• Food 2 Kids / West Texas Food Bank
• Honor Our Troops
• Junior Leadership of Odessa
• Keep Odessa Beautiful Adopt-a-Spot
If you're interested in volunteering, or would like information about getting our membership involved with your organization, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We invest in our future leaders with leadership luncheons and esteemed lectures featuring local community leaders, business owners and community organizations.
Our Lunch & Learn Series offers workforce development seminars, city and community updates and other leadership events hosted by local community leaders. Esteemed lectures, special speaking programs and other educational events are also offered to our members.
Past Events have included:
• Access to Capital (for Small Businesses)
• Adoption & Fostering Children
• Ector Country Sheriff’s Debate
• First Time Homebuyers & Lending
• Personal Cyber Security
• Esteemed Speaker Series with Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Brown
Our Lunch & Learn and our Esteemed Speaker events are offered free of charge to our YPO membership.
YPO offers great events for our members to network and meet other young professionals in the area. Join us for the next one!
Third Thursday Mixers are held monthly, every third Thursday, at various restaurants, bars and lounges in and around Odessa. Members can take advantage of free or discounted drinks and food.
Our Third Thursday events and locations include:
• January Kick Off Mixer
• March Madness Mixer
• WineBrew 22
• Beer Garden
You can also join us for:
• Winter Ski Trip
• Odessa Jackalopes Games
• Midland Rockhounds Games
• Summer Mummers
• Joint Mixers with Odessa Chamber of Commerce, Young Professionals of Midland, Young Professionals in Energy & others
• Bowling, Painting, Dancing and more!
Our cornerstone event, YPO Casino Night is a yearly fundraising event benefiting a local non-profit. This themed event took us to Cuba with our Havana Nights event last October, and in 2015, we threw it back to the 1920s with a Great Gatsby themed event. To date, we have donated over $30,000 to the Odessa community.
YPO's newest fundraiser, Odessa Under 40 looks to highlight young professionals who live or work in Odessa who are excelling professionally, while also being civically involved in their community.
Nominations are open to the general public. A judging panel will choose our honorees. Those honored, will be featured in a magazine print publication and they will be feted with a red-carpet gala.
Sponsorship & advertising opportunities are now available. Email email@example.com for more info. Link to email.
The YPO Annual Meeting offers a look at the last year and our successes as an organization. Committee Chairs recap their events and update us on what is to come. We also recognize our outgoing and incoming Board of Directors. This event also serves as our Awards Ceremony where we honor our members with the following awards: Volunteer of the Year, Networking Professional of the Year, Sondra Eoff Leadership Award, the North Star (Polaris) Award, YPO Member of the Year & YPO Board Member of the Year.
Join one of our committees:
SERVICE: Coordinate all service events and opportunities with non-profits and community organizations; coordinate YPO member volunteers for events.
LEADERSHIP:Plan and execute all Lunch & Learn and Esteemed Speaker events; identify leadership opportunities for member growth.
SOCIAL: Plan and execute all social events, mixers and networking opportunities.
MARKETING/MEMBERSHIP: Handle all aspects of marketing, maintain updated list of all current members, coordinate new strategies for gaining new members & company partners
FINANCE: Manage all of YPO’s expenses. Approve budgets.
CASINO NIGHT: Plan and execute our annual Casino Night fundraiser
ANNUAL MEETING: Plan and execute our Annual Meeting
ODESSA UNDER 40: Plans new Odessa Under 40 fundraiser. Includes the following sub-committees:
• Nomination Committee
• Magazine Committee
• Gala Committee
• U40 Marketing Committee
To join any YPO committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org