State Programs

Youngstown Business and professional Women State ProgramsYBPW and all other state chapters are supported by BPW/Ohio. BPW/Ohio offers a variety of state programs, meetings, conferences, workshops and seminars that provide training, skill building, and networking. The Allen Endowment Fund offers scholarship opportunities for women to achieve their full potential through education. BPW/Ohio is an affiliate of BPW Foundation, an organization that advocates for the rights of working women on a national level.

Since 1920, BPW/Ohio has promoted equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, personal and professional development and access to information. Over 550 women and men belong to BPW/Ohio through local chapters, representing every congressional district in the state, as well as every age, race, religion, political party and socioeconomic background.

BPW/Ohio monitors federal and state legislation that affects working women and educates its members so they can become involved in public policy development in their own workplace and at the local, state and federal levels. A legislative platform, approved annually, includes planks that call for economic equity, equal educational opportunity, quality dependent care, access to reproductive health, research on and funding for women’s health, victim’s rights and affirmative action.


Young Careerist (YC)YBPW Young Careerist State Program

The Young Careerist Program sharpens women’s speaking abilities and leadership skills by focusing on the organization of speaking and writing, applying topics to appropriate audiences and presentation skills. The program allows participants to speak about their experience in or knowledge of something that inspires them as individuals within eight categories of topics.

Participants of the Young Careerist Program compete at the BPW/Ohio Young Careerist Speak-off at the BPW/Ohio Leadership Training in April to earn the respected title of Young Careerist. This statewide competition includes a personal interview and an individual speech presentation, with scores also given for group interaction, mentorship and leadership skills. The winner of the Speak-off will be given the opportunity to represent BPW/Ohio at its State Conference in May.

YBPW members have brought two Young Careerist titles home in recent years. In 2010, Gina Vicarel won the title (2010 Winner Gina Vicarel’s Speech), and Megan Phillips-Weisheipl was our 2009 winner (watch her give her speech here).

For more information, important dates and forms, please click here.


Individual Development (ID)

YBPW Independent Development State ProgramThe Individual Development Program, begun in the late 1960’s, gave women the opportunity to develop public speaking, presentation and leadership skills that would benefit their career. The program has evolved over the years to meet the changing needs of women, but the core of the program remains a communications and public speaking focus.

The first part of the ID program contains 14 modules led by a facilitator and takes approximately 15 to 16 hours. Sessions run from two to eight hours a day, with a typical class ranging from two eight-hour days to eight weeks. Topics of the class modules include understanding behavioral styles and managing for improved performance, interpersonal and transferable skills, public speaking and speech/pitch writing, interview skills, negotiation tactics, leadership skills, the parliamentary process, business etiquette, goal setting, building media relationships and grassroots advocacy.

When the modules are completed, YBPW selects an ID candidate to represent the chapter in the Regional Individual Development Competition. The regional winner will then compete at the BPW/Ohio Individual Development Speak-off at the BPW/Ohio Leadership Training in April. The winner of the Speak-off will be given the opportunity to represent BPW/Ohio at its State Conference in May.

For more information, important dates and forms, please click here.


Leadership Meetings & State ConferenceYBPW Leadership

BPW/Ohio has a spring leadership meeting each year that includes leadership training, the Young Careerist and Individual Development Speak-off competitions and a legislative platform committee meeting. For more information about upcoming leadership meetings, click here.

The BPW/Ohio State Conference is a chance for all of the state chapters to come together and learn. The three-day event hosts several informative seminars and speeches.