About CYP

Mission Statement

To help the young professionals of Columbus, Indiana navigate the world of life, work, and the community.


Vision Statement

Our vision is to create a network of young professionals in the Columbus area that fosters personal and professional development through relationship building, skill enhancement, community enrichment, and career advancement opportunities. These young professionals form a group of business and community leaders focused on the promotion, attraction, and retention of other young professionals to and in Columbus. We strive to create unique events and offer professional development in hopes that our efforts will make a significant and measurable impact on Columbus as a whole as well as in the professional and personal lives of its members.



An annual CYP membership is $50. Membership incluldes a CYP t-shirt and free access to CYP events. Most CYP members are between 21 to 40 years of age, but there is no age requirement. Anyone may join to support the organization. 


To become a member, please click here:


Memberships are for the duration of one year, and willl be renewed annually. We will begin accepting memberships as of 4/22/2015.


If you previously purchased a CYP membership between 1/12/2014 and 4/1/2015, we will honor that membership. Please contact Annie Smith directly at



Ignite Columbus 

May 1 at Mill Race Center 6:30 pm to 9 pm.  Sponsored by Engage Columbus and Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce


Coming Soon

Ultimate Frisbee Summer League

3rd Thursdays, in partnership with Engage Columbus

Professional Development Leadership Series

Volunteer Opportunities

Summer Intern Event


Stay Up to Date

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Board Members

Leadership Team

Annie Smith - Columbus Chamber

Ashleigh Fisher - AWF Events

Jordan Kiel - SIHO

Liz Ryan - Northwestern Mutual

Louie Souza - Elwood Staffing

Michael Runnels - Cummins Inc.

Reagan Anthony - Toyota

Yuko Yamato - Columbus Regional Health


Board Members

Alexis Wilson - Cummins Inc.

Ashton Wischmeier - Farmers Insurance, Wischmeier Agency

Benjamin Slaton - Cummins Inc.

Brandon Gumbiner - Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Care

Danielle Dion - Cummins Inc.

Delaney Lego - BCSC

Grace Kestler - Cummins Inc.

Ian McGriff - HNE Digital

Jerry Hanner - Hanner Financial Services, Inc. 

Jordan Winkler - Cummins Inc.

Karen Ellis - Lawson, Pushor, Mote & Gamso, LLC

Mark Schneider - BCSC

Mary Gold - Entrepreneur

Meghan Bartells - White Creek Acres

Ritika Shah - Reams Asset Management Company

Son Pham - Cummins Inc.