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April 2011 YP Connections: YP Profile

Ryan Wade

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Name: Ryan Wade


Title: Assistant Vice President

WHAT ORGANIZATIONS ARE YOU INVOLVED IN? Greater Omaha Young Professionals Board of Directors, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Omaha Class of 33, Business Ethics Alliance, Black Student Catholic Scholarship Fund, Creighton Prep Alumni Council.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO GET INVOLVED WITH THESE ORGANIZATIONS? Initially I was searching for ways to get involved in the community, but I was not sure how or even where to start. I started by joining professional organizations and networking groups, but I quickly realized I was looking for more. After attending a few Young Professional events, I caught the bug. There was something about the YP’s energy and passion that was contagious. I followed up with a few of the board members to make sure they knew I was interested in lending a hand. My first opportunity was being part of a team that facilitated the first Young Professional Mayoral Debate, and I have been involved ever since. I now serve as the Young Professional Engagement C hair, which allows me to help others find ways to get involved within the community. A lesson that I learned early on was it is not as simple as raising your hand. As with most things in life, you need persistence. You need to show up, physically and mentally. You need to be seen. You need to contribute. It can be a lot of work, but it is well worth it.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING INVOLVED? Being involved helps you develop as a person. It opens up your eyes to other perspectives. It taught me that there is nothing like helping others in need or helping others achieve their passions. Another benefit is it teaches you how the community works. I have learned how to work within a committee and a board, how to raise money for a cause and how to lead volunteers. It is both exhilarating and frustrating at the same time. Donating your time, energy and money creates a complex dynamic. Gaining consensus in a business setting is easy compared to influencing a volunteer organization. Overall, there is no better experience to develop as a leader.

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