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By investing time, effort, and money with YCP, we are strengthening tomorrow's community, professional world, and ultimately society.

Franklin Diaz, Transition Capital Partners

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Join us for the April Executive Panel Series discussing

Risk-Taking in Faith & Business

April 22nd - 7pm

University of Dallas - Haggar University Center, Second Floor

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YCP has not only been a source for new business, but also an opportunity for me to Work in Witness for Christ by sharing my time, talent, and treasure with a remarkable organization.

Wendy Reimann, Lighthouse Writing

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Join us on May 1st for the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker

Executive Mentorship Program Celebration

YCP Patron, St. Joseph the Worker source: thepriesthood.org

YCP Patron, St. Joseph the Worker source: thepriesthood.org

About Us

YCP was founded in 2010 to help young professionals connect with one another and maintain their Catholic faith while pursuing demanding careers.

Our mission is to encourage young adult professionals to Work in Witness for Christ.

YCP brings young adults together for speaker events, panel discussions, and networking in order to foster Catholic identity, to encourage community, and to inspire a call to action.

Coming Soon

Tuesday, April 22th: Panel Discussion: Risk-Taking in Faith & Business

Join us on Tuesday, April 22nd for our next Executive Panel Discussion over “Risk-Taking in Faith & Business.”

View our 2014 schedule.

Our Programs

Speaker Events

Executive Speaker Series

YCP’s most popular program, the Executive Speaker Series draws 120 – 200 young professionals per event. Executives from a variety of industries address young professionals on their own experiences “Working in Witness for Christ,” and attendees enjoy refreshments and the chance to network before and after the address.

Events held the second Tuesday of every month. All young adults in their 20s and 30s are welcome.

Panel Discussions

Member-exclusive panel discussions focus on qualities that make Catholic professionals virtuous and successful. Panels consist of a moderator and three executives. Events offer opportunities for extended Q&A and small group discussion. Past topics include: Humility, Discernment, Courage, and Honesty.

Mentor Programs

College Student Mentorship

The College Student Mentorship Program (CSM), establishes faith-based relationships between YCP members and current college students. As mentors, YCP members share their professional and spiritual experience and guide students to become the next generation of Catholic leaders.

Executive Mentorship

YCP members may also participate in our Executive Mentor Program in order to learn from Catholic executives whose personal and professional skills have made them leaders in their chosen fields. YCP members are paired with mentors of similar industries and backgrounds.

To participate in either program, please email mentorship@youngcatholicprofessionals.org.

YCP Receptions

Networking Receptions

Young adults from various professions meet and network at these free events held throughout the metroplex. Come to our next reception to meet other young Catholic professionals and learn more about our ministry’s mission to promote Working in Witness for Christ.

Member & Donor Receptions

Private YCP receptions for members and donors help develop a stronger Catholic business community. Exclusive networking events allow YCP members to meet Catholic philanthropists and executives, connect with young adults who share a passion for YCP’s mission, and celebrate God’s blessings in our YCP community.

Career Services

YCP offers an array of career services to help further the professional lives of our paying YCP members. Career services include exclusive job leads, networking opportunities, professional mentors, and career counseling.

NEW Member Benefit: Dennis Grindle, former head of Career Services for the SMU MBA program, will be offering each YCP member two FREE 30 minutes sessions of career counseling per year. These sessions can benefit both members seeking employment and members who are happy with their current job, but want to know how to improve their prospects, market themselves at work, or earn a promotion.

Spiritual Direction

YCP connects members with spiritual directors from a pool of local priests, deacons, consecrated women and other religious. Directors guide YCP members to grow in faith in their personal and professional lives.

Featured Member

Peter Blute, YCP Dallas PresidentPeter Blute

Peter is an alumnus of the University of Dallas, graduating with a B.A. in English and a Minor in Business. He currently serves as the YCP Dallas Chapter President and is an avid sailor in his spare time.

Peter believes, “The beauty of YCP is that it meets young people where they are, at the intersection of faith and work, and provides a community to foster that balance.”

Become a YCP member. Take advantage of exclusive panel discussions, mentor program, and networking opportunities. Show your support for YCP’s mission and gain access to a wide network of faith-filled professionals.

We are Young Catholic Professionals

Support Young Catholic Professionals! Your  endorsement allows our ministry to realize its potential, flourishing in Dallas and expanding to other cities in the future. The success of this ministry depends on the generosity of our volunteers and donors. We thank you for your endorsement of this worthy cause.

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Entrepreneurship and Virtue (Part II)

Regarding your second question, yes, virtue can be taught. It has always been taught. Defining and teaching virtue was a recurring theme for the philosophical giants of Western antiquity (e.g., Plato, Aristotle), as it was for the great philosophers and leaders of other cultures and world religions. It is still taught today, even if it isn’t always labeled as such. In the end, virtue must be taught, or society would collapse into a free-for-all of libertine pursuits and greed. (Some would argue that a downward slide of this variety is occurring in our culture today.)
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Teach me to see in my fellow workers the Christ who desires to be in them, that I may always be charitable and forbearing towards all.

National Staff

Jennifer Baugh
Executive Director

Teresa Gallagher
Management Associate

Board of Directors

Franklin Diaz
Transition Capital Partners

Michael Dill
Associate at Haynes and Boone, LLP

Linda Faulkner
Vice President of Public Relations & Communications, Tradition Senior Living, LP

Flip Howard
Founder & President, Meridian Business Centers

Russell Huber
Executive Vice President & COO, PartnerSource

Rich Kelly
Principal, LumaCorp Inc.

Andy Love
Founder & Managing Director, Aspect Investors, LLC

Hannah Murray Naltner
Corporate Counsel at Steelcase Inc.

Candy Peterson
Senior Vice President Creative Services, Fleishman Hillard

Richard Touissaint, M.D.
President, Forest Park Medical Center Operations

Volunteer Leadership Team (Dallas)

 

Peter Blute
Chapter President

 

Alex Jarocki
Vice President & Director of Finance

 

Ashley Ferguson
Vice President & Director of Operations

 

Volunteer Leadership Team (Fort Worth)

 

Aaron Munoz
Chapter President

 

Mary Elizabeth Levy
Vice President & Director of Development

 

Lauren Masty
Vice President & Director of Operations

Volunteer Leadership Team (San Antonio)

 

Christina Schoonover
Chapter President

 

Jacklyn Rudd
Vice President & Director of Operations

 

Kayla Bishop
Vice President & Co-Director of Finance

Ryan Chuang
Vice President & Co-Director of Finance

Executive Speaker Series

Jim Burke
Joe Coleman
Michael Corboy
Ben Doskocil
Bishop Kevin Farrell
Linda Faulkner
Chip Field
Jennifer Staubach Gates
Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D.
Dan Hennessy
Tom Horton
Flip and Celeste Howard
Donald Huffines
Mary Emma Karam
Bill Keffler
Richard D. Kelly
Michael King
Harry Longwell
Jim McCleneghen
Jim Moroney III
Robert Mylod
Tom Nealon
Lydia Haggar Novakov
Ed O’Brien
Bill Orender
Candy Peterson
Maureen Sorrells Radighieri
George Ritcheske
Sam Saladino
Steve Scanlon
Jeff Schiefelbein
Jeff Staubach
Kathy Stewart
Jere Thompson, Jr.
Richard Toussaint, M.D.
Bill Wallander
John Williams
Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D.
Gerard Jacob

Generous Sponsors

St. Joseph the Worker

Dr. Richard & Adelle Touissant
Rich Kelly & Candyce Eoff
Jim Moroney III
Jere Thompson, Jr.
Lighthouse Writing, LLC
Chiaroscuro Foundation
Catholic Diocese of Dallas

St. Ignatius of Loyola

Wischmeyer Benefit Partners
Franklin & Kelly Diaz
Flip & Celeste Howard

St. Thomas Aquinas

Cottura Amiche

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

Cindi’s NY Delicatessen Restaurant & Bakery
Image Catholic Books
FBS Printing