Professional Development Series: Marketing Yourself Via LinkedIn

linkedinThis March, the Elgin Young Professionals Network unveils the first of four professional development seminars for young professionals entitled Marketing Yourself Via LinkedIn.

This session takes place on Tuesday, March 11 from 6:30-7:30pm at Judson University’s Eagle Lounge, 1151 N. State Street in Elgin. The event is free and open to the public.

Guest speaker Sam Madan – Director of Special Events and External Relations for Pillars, a non-profit organization servicing Cook and parts of DuPage Counties, will discuss how to best use LinkedIn and Facebook as resources to help market ourselves in our professional roles.

Specifics of the session will cover:

    • Digital & social media platforms as a tool for personal career development
    • LinkedIn Overview
    • Your profile – essential components, personal brand, best practices
    • Joining groups
    • Creating and building your own network
    • LinkedIn events
    • Tools and apps for LinkedIn
    • LinkedIn as part of your own personal career development strategy

As an added bonus, James Harvey Photography will also be on hand to take professional headshots that can be used on your LinkedIn profile. The low cost for these headshots is $30.

RSVP via our Facebook event page or by email at

EYPN’s quarterly Professional Development Series will enable our members to learn about important topics relevant to young professionals or learn valuable skillsets from a wide array of seasoned pros. Future sessions will take place in June, September and November of 2014.

More About Our Guest Presenter Sam Madan:

Sam Madan has been involved in several facets of the communications and marketing arena. His professional portfolio includes writing for Tribune Media Services, serving at Northwestern University’s Medill School as Director of Marketing, providing marketing and project management consulting services to various clients, and is currently employed as Director of Special Events & External Relations for Pillars, a leading mental health and social service agency in the Chicagoland region.

Throughout his professional career, he has engaged in activities that have led to interaction with prominent figures, public officials, CEOs, presidents of institutions, and global leaders—including the Sheika of Qatar. Utilizing written communication, as well as face-to-face meetings, he has presented ideas, programs, and demonstrations to a variety of audiences. In several of his professional roles, Sam’s responsibilities involved not only determining various audiences and assessing segmentation, but also determining how best to reach out to various stakeholders and effectively drive action from within each constituent group using various platforms and mediums.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Board Member – The Literacy Connection

Literacy_ConnectionThe Literacy Connection, a 501(c)(3) organization in Elgin providing free, accessible, and customized one-on-one tutoring to adult learners, is currently seeking volunteers to serve on their Board of Directors.

Purpose: To provide leadership, advice, and policies to The Literacy Connection staff and volunteers by working together with other board members and the Executive Director to ensure effective and fiscally sound programs and operations.

Hours: Board meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month, usually at the Gail Borden Public Library, beginning at 7 p.m. Board participation is expected at our largest annual fundraiser, Trivia Bee, typically held in April, and our Tutor/Learner Recognition held in June.

The organization is currently specifically seeking board members with legal or financial expertise, but indiviudals with any background or experience are welcome to inquire. Please email Karen Oswald, Executive Director, at to learn
more about this opportunity.

For more information about The Literacy Connection, visit

Professional Connections Mentoring Program Year-End Meeting

EYPN1 (4)On Thursday, February 20 at 6pm at Chooch’s Pizza (upstairs), 64 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin, the Elgin Young Professionals Network invites the public to join them for an informational meeting about the network’s Professional Connections Mentoring Program.

The informational event will summarize the 2013 mentoring program’s success stories as well as provide details about the 2014 program and how Elgin area young professionals can participate.

The Professional Connections Mentoring Program matches EYPN members with local civic, business and non-profit leaders with the goals of enhancing our members’ overall leadership skills and building vital community connections.

Please RSVP via EYPN’s Facebook event page.