Emerging Professionals Advisory Council

The mission of the Emerging Professionals is to educate and develop young individuals to become strong corporate, civic and non-profit business leaders through promoting purposeful relationships within the Irvine community. The Committee is tasked with developing and scheduling specific monthly events, coordinating quarterly seminar programs, and facilitating the partnership with local non-profit organizations.


Emerging Professionals Advisory Council meets monthly on the first Friday at 11:00 a.m.


The Emerging Professionals group in the Greater Irvine Chamber strives to develop those looking to climb the professional ladder through networking, philanthropic and learning opportunities. Though it is a group that was formed with the mindset of helping younger professionals find their footing in their respective careers, the EP Group provides benefits for professionals in career transitions and/or someone looking to continue to hone their business and networking skills. This group has an energetic mix of members whose background range from non-profit organizations to Fortune 500 corporations.

After Hours Mixer

The bi-monthly After Hours Mixers provide the opportunity for networking in a relaxed, social setting. Local top executives are featured at each event, sharing their story of success, mistakes and advice for those young in their career. Attendees represent a variety of industries and organizations and the venues vary, enabling guests to sample cuisine from Orange County’s premier restaurants. The mixers are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Admission is FREE for Chamber members, and $25 for visitors.

Lunch & Learn

The Lunch & Learn workshops are designed meet the needs of today’s young businessperson. Experts in their field discuss relevant issues and answer questions in a panel format. Past topics include “Dress for Success”, “Sales & Marketing” and “Social Media Networking.” Lunch is included with admission at $10 for Chamber members and $25 for Visitors. The workshops are held at the Irvine Chamber office.

Emerging Professionals Committee Organizations

Our committee members are emerging professionals from throughout our Irvine business community in the following organizations.

Shoaib Bharmal
Ellen Baker
Anthony Cosenza
Carissa Bechtloff (Chair)

Chad Foster
Jammie Hsu
Brett Laddusaw
Brandon Moody

Gianna Galle
Denise Khaw
AJ Nubla

Young Professional of the Year Award

Each year the Greater Irvine Chamber Emerging Professionals recognize a future leader in the business community. Nominations are reviewed by the Emerging Professionals Committee, Irvine Chamber Board Members and the Chamber’s President & CEO. The recipient is recognized at the annual EP Anniversary Mixer in the presence of 100+ colleagues. Nominations from coworkers, employers, family members, and beyond are all accepted. Self-nominations are also welcome!

To make a nomination, simply complete the form by clicking below and send to jwelch@irvinechamber.com.

Download the EP of the Year Application


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