Virginia Allan Young Careerist (YC) - a signature event

Held every March
The Virginia Allan Young Careerist Program (YC) was founded by Virginia Allan who served as our National President in 1963. She recognized the need to recruit younger members -- and realized their professional, personal and political achievements of young professionals needed to be honored.

Candidates are reviewed at the local Club level by delivering a prepared 4-minute speech, interviewing with judges, and preparing a biographical statement and application. One Young Careerist is chosen per year during our Young Careerist program. The BPW/Raleigh Young Careerist then competes at the State level during the summer state convention


To participate in the program, a Young Careerist must:

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 35;
  • Have been employed with at least one year of full-time work experience in their career area;
  • Support the mission of BPW.

Qualified women and men can apply 2 ways. Applications are now closed for the 2015 competition.
Use the links directly below or download documents to fill-in and email.

1. Nominate a Young Careerist candidate

2. Apply to be a Young Careerist candidate

BPW/Raleigh boasts a long list of former Young Careerist participants and representatives who, by their participation, have developed a greater sense of self-esteem, and have gone on to achieve rewarding and fulfilling careers. They have demonstrated themselves as outstanding leaders in their communities.

Benefits of winning this signature award

a) Instant membership to the first working woman's advocacy group in the U.S.!
The winner of the Young Careerist competition receives a 1-year membership to BPW/Raleigh and BPW/NC. YC's then enjoy the benefits from networking opportunities, opportunities for personal and professional development, opportunities to learn about the issues of concern to workingwomen, educational programs, and visibility.

b) Resume booster! Simply being a YC candidate adds value to your portfolio, being a winner and a state candidate puts you into the running for awards such as 40 under 40.


Resources for YC Candidates

  1. Examples of BPW/Raleigh Speeches (from 2011)
  2. How Do You Accept an Award?
  3. Top 50 Blogs for Young Careerists


Whether you are a young careerist, an employee with colleagues from Generations X or Y, or an employer striving to capitalize on the strengths of younger employees, BPW Foundation’s research, articles and resources will help you to learn more about the opportunities and challenges that this group of workers face.

Critical Career Junctures that Direct the Career Life-Cycle of Young Careeristsan issue paper that examines issues that impact the career path of Generations Y and X.

Understanding a New Generation - 10 Myths and Facts about Young Careerists.
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