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.


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Next Event:

CYP Meet & Greet

Wednesday, May 27th

5 pm - 7 pm @ Hotel Indigo

Learn more about how to get involved with CYP, as well as upcoming events and opportunities. Enjoy half-priced drinks and appetizers. Event is free, but we encourage you to register so that we know to expect you! REGISTER HERE.


Coming Soon:


Ultimate Frisbee

Wednesdays Nights, Beginning June 3rd

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm @ Mill Race Park

Join CYP for a fun, active way to meet other YP's! We will meet at the field in front of the main concert stage, and split into teams each week based on the number of people that attend. Please bring both a white shirt and a colored shirt. 


3rd Thursdays:June

Thursday, June 18th

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm @ Engage Columbus

This event series, in partnership with Engage Columbus, takes place the third Thursday of each month. Each month's event will take on a different theme, to ensure that you have a unique experience every time you come. 3rd Thursdays provide the opportunity to network with, and get to know other YP's in a casual, fun environment. 


United Way Day of Caring

Friday, June 19th

8 am - Noon; 1 pm - 4pm

CYP will be participating in United Way's Day of Caring, and we would like you to join us! Our team will be organizing, moving, and boxing up back packs for United Way's school supply program. This program helps countless children in the Bartholomew County area start their school year with all of the supplies necessary for a great year of learning. 



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


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 - Indiana Podiatry Group - Columbus

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.