YPs Hosted 8th Annual Leadership Development Conference

By National Urban League
Published 11 PM EST, Sat Dec 14, 2019
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District Hall, a center in Seaport, buzzed with excitement this weekend as inspirational business figures told stories of individuality, authenticity and relationship-building. They were all seeking to answer one question — how do you build a legacy? 

The Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (Boston, MA) hosted their 8th Annual Leadership Development Conference on Saturday. The conference aims to equip Boston’s next generation of business professionals of color with the leadership, financial and personal skills they need to create an enduring legacy of success in their careers.

Kristen Halbert, acting president of YPN-ULEM, said the conference was designed specifically to address professional development among young people of color, a niche she said is lacking in Boston’s overall discussion of business.

“Boston is one of the wealthiest, most well-resourced and well-educated cities in the entire country,” Halbert said. “Because of that, there is a lot of competition for jobs and those resources. And it’s important to make sure that the disparities that happen in general between professionals of color and other professionals are lessened here.”

This year’s event included panels and workshops covering local business startups, generational wealth accumulation and discovering passions. All segments focused on a specific aspect of collaborating with others and developing community, aligning with the organization’s dedication to inclusivity.

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