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Young Professionals Council

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Welcome to the Young Professionals Council (YPC) of the American Floral Endowment!

Established in 2015, the YPC offers leadership and networking opportunities for young industry professionals while getting involved in volunteer opportunities within the floral/horticultural industries.

YPC members participate in online and in-person meetings, webinars, and other networking opportunities to share ideas, collaborate with influential industry members, and help promote careers in the floral industry to support AFE’s mission.

The YPC promotes personal growth through interaction with other young professionals with similar interests and career goals and encourages attendance at special YPC events during industry conferences.  It’s a great way to build your own network.

Members of YPC get special consideration each year for attending workshops or events, along with networking dinners during larger industry conferences.

Get Involved today and be part of this growing group of young future leaders.


  1. Learn about nonprofit board service by engaging in training, shadowing and mentoring opportunities with AFE Board and staff.
  2. Raise awareness about AFE and the floriculture industry through marketing, social media and events.
  3. Volunteer with AFE in a variety of areas: fundraising, events, scholarship review, etc.
  4. Reach other young professionals interested in becoming active in the industry.


YPC members must:

  • Be 21-35 years old and live in the United States
  • Commit to using your skills and strengths to advance AFE and build a strong group of supporters and donor prospects
  • Be an ambassador for AFE and expand our network of friends and supporters
  • Participate in one or more volunteer activities (i.e., scholarship review, fundraising dinner efforts, career fairs, articles/social media contributions, promoting YPC membership, etc.)
  • Participate in at least 2 conference calls/meetings each year
  • Help develop and employ new strategies and approaches for fundraising, marketing, outreach and planning to encourage students to consider careers in the industry

Membership is FREE!
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Young Professionals Council, complete the YPC Membership Form and email it to Karin Krause –

Some of the members of AFE’s Young Professionals Council


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Preparing for Success – Challenges and Opportunities for Young Professionals Post COVID-19

May 26, 2021, at 5:00 PM EST

Art VanWingerden, Metrolina Greenhouses
Krystal Snyder, Penn State University

Megan Bowman, Ball Horticultural Company

Do you have the necessary skills to succeed in today’s floral industry? Join us for a 40-minute interactive discussion hearing directly from floral business owners and faculty on the challenges and changes brought by COVID-19. Learn what the new floral industry looks like, and what young professionals must do to prepare for a successful career in the industry and/or university system.

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Making the Most of Your Tradeshow Experience

Mackenzie Wortham of DMA Solutions, Inc. hosted a webinar for YPC members on June 29, 2017, on Making the Most of Your Tradeshow Experience.

She discussed ways to optimize your experience at trade shows and provided great tips for both first-timers and those who have previously attended trade shows.

Click here to listen to the webinar!

Networking to Build Your Career

Bradley Beck, Sales Manager at DESIGN MASTER color tool, inc., shares networking skills to enhance your career! The webinar will be 30 minutes with 10 minutes for Q & A.
The presentation will show:

  • Why you need to network to build your career
  • How to prepare for an event or show
  • Places to meet, engage and connect
  • Opportunities to be seen as a person of influence
  • A template for engagement

For over thirty years, Bradley has served many flower and creative industry organizations. He helped pioneer the “Growing Up With Flowers” program with his fellow young executives to teach young people about the wonder of flowers.
He has presented programs on Effective Communication, Messaging and Social Business Media to many wholesale and retail companies.
Click here to listen to the webinar!

YPC member Kaylee South during the AFE Dinner.

YPC member Nick Flax during the AFE Dinner.

Education Chairman Dwight Larimer and YPC member Krystal Snyder.