2016- 2017 YPO Committed Leaders at the January YPO Leadership Luncheon with California State University, Chico President Dr. Gayle Hutchinson


"Chico Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Organization... community leadership starts here"

The Chico Chamber's Young Professionals Organization (YPO) was created in April 2010 in an effort to bring together the region's young business people 10 years or less into their professional career for mentoring, education, networking, and socializing. 

Are you a career-oriented individual wanting to foster community leadership through networking and professional development? Be a part of the YPO today and help us 'Move Chico Forward.'

YPO Mission Statement

"Young career-oriented individuals, people 10 years or less into their professional career, fostering community leadership through networking and professional development."

YPO Vision Statement & Values

"Chico YPO creates awareness of the positive attributes young professionals bring to their employer and the community as a whole by valuing commitment, ambition, civic engagement, integrity, respect and camaraderie in a welcoming atmosphere."

Who Can Participate?

Learn more by following YPO on Facebook and Twitter!

Access YPO by becoming a Chico Chamber Member today! Not sure if you're a Chico Chamber Member? Check our directory here.

Want to receive YPO event reminders and updates, e-mail Heather Ugie, YPO Chamber Liasion and Chamber Member Services & Events Manager, by clicking here.

Join CHICO YPO Today!


Click here for a preview of our 2017 YPO calendar of events and speakers!


80th Annual Dinner & Business Awards Ceremony: "Rising To The Occasion"

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Sierra Nevada Big Room
1075 East 20th Street
5:30 p.m. | 530-891-5556

Reservations Now Open!**

We invite you to attend the premier business and community event of the year! Walk down the red carpet to a pre-dinner reception and a Silent Auction. The evening will include a spectacular awards dinner, installation of our 2018 Officers & Directors, 2017 Business and Community Awards, and Scholarship Presentations.
For more details or sponsor information please contact Heather Ugie, Member Services & Event Manager, or to donate an item for the silent auction contact Natasha Beehner, Special Events Committee Chair. Award & Scholarship Nominations Now Being Accepted, December 1, 2017 deadline.

**Limited table reservations of 2, 4, and 6 may be requested on a first come, first served basis and are not guaranteed until the floor plan is confirmed on or before the event date. Chamber staff will do their best to honor seating requests and will make open seating available for those cases in which requests cannot be granted. Please call 530.891.5556 or email for any questions or other special requests. Cancellations will not be processed. Thank you!


Business Summitt & State of the City Address

When: Friday, January 26th, 2018
Location: Chico Area Recreation & Park District - 545 Vallombrosa Ave.
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This annual event is free and open to the public BUT RSVPs are required, as seating is limited. Register Today! Summit agenda includes the Business Climate Outlook, 2018 Economic Outlook, Downtown Report, and the State of the City Address. Questions? Call 530.891.5556 or e-mail. Business Summit & State of the City is presented by our Legacy and Visionary Partners.


*The Chico Chamber of Commerce must maintain a cancellation policy for events in order to properly plan for catering, venue expenses and marketing efforts. Unless stated otherwise, Chamber reservations must be cancelled 5 days prior to the event to be eligible for a refund. All refunds will be issued 10 days after the event. No refunds will be issued for non-attendance. You are welcome to send another member of your staff in your place.

YPO Sponsor

Thank you to Golden Valley Bank for being our Sponsor!!

Interested in sponsoring the YPO? Click here to contact Heather Ugie, YPO Chamber Liasion and Chamber Member Services & Events Manager.

YPO News

Chico Chamber YPO Leadership Luncheon: “Chico, What the Tech?” Podcast

How is technology transforming Chico?  Do we have what it takes to bring tech companies to Chico? Where can our younger generation get involved and move local technology forward? Check out our YPO Leadership Luncheon Tech Panel podcast featuring: Wendy Porter, Managing Director of Chicostart; Kathryn Schifferle, CEO of Work Truck Solutions; Ryan Sanders,; Noelle Sadler, VP of Marketing of; and Andrew March, Co-founder of Compini.

Chico Chamber YPO Leadership Luncheon: "Ag Panel" Podcast

Check out our YPO Leadership Luncheon Ag panel Episode 10 featuring: Toni Scott, Morrison & Company; Grey Foster, Butte Yfr; Mark Pierce, North Valley Ag Services, and Colleen Cecil, Butte County Farm Bureau.  Our Chico Chamber YPO has been very proactive this year connecting with the local Ag Community.  In March, they co-hosted a Mixer with the Butte County Young Farmers & Ranchers at Almendra Winery & Distillery, and a dinner in November 2016. In this episode, you will hear how important technology, water, and legislative challenges all affect agriculture from labor to water regulations.

Committed Leader Recruitment

The application period, March - June, is now closed for the YPO Committed Leaders. Click here to learn more about being a Committed Leader!

Millennial Survey

The Chico Chamber's Young Professionals Organization recognizes a need to survey our millennial population for input on how this generation of “technology natives” is driving change in the business world and in our workplaces.  We did so with our 2015 Millennial Survey aimed for local Chico millennials to take and we received a total of 333 responses.  Click here to view our slide show presented at the 2015 YPO E.P.I.C. Event.  

Click here for the Millennial Survey Press Release.  Click here for the Millennial Survey Executive Summary.

2016-2017 YPO Committed Leaders:

Danie Schwartz, President & Social Media/Photographer: Danie Schwartz Consulting 

Danie is not a native to the Chico area, but that does not stop her love and excitement for our city and businesses. After graduating from CSU, Chico she decided to stay and start working in the community. After years of working hard, building a reputation and honing in on her knowledge and skills. One trait that defines Danie and defines her role in the community is her passion for the community and the Chico Chamber of Commerce. Danie finds her passion through her participation and dedication to local organizations and non-profits. Danie has been a YPO Committed Leader for the past four years (winning the Young Professional of the Year Award in 2014) and took on the role of Chair of the Chico Chamber Ambassadors in 2015 (winning the 2015 Ambassador of the Year Award). As she passes on her Chair role, she is excited to step into her role as YPO President. She has a commitment to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley, as well as other local organizations and is on the Board of Directors for the CSU, Chico Alumni. These passions allow her to remain committed to helping Move Chico Forward. In her free time, you will often find her riding her bike to the Thursday night market or taking a hike in Upper Park with her boyfriend and their dog. You can also find her behind the camera lens taking photos at Chamber events or out and about in our town. Don’t be surprised if you run into Danie at music festivals or concerts. She loves music! Danie tries to blend the professional lifestyle with a touch of creativity, community and outreach for a perfect balance.

Kelly Gibbons, Vice President:  Office of Brad Jacobson, Farmers Insurance

Kelly Gibbons is a licensed Farmers Insurance Agent at Brad Jacobson’s Agency, where they are a father daughter team. Their agency protects families and individuals by offering all personal lines such as home, renters, auto, life, as well as commercial policies. They believe in giving back to the community and once a week Kelly volunteers at a local elementary school tutoring students in their after school program called Reading Pals.  They are also involved in the March of Dimes golf fundraiser and the Jesus Center's Run for Food. Kelly is a Butte county local and, after graduating from Paradise High, she went on to graduate from CSU, Chico with her Bachelors in Business Administration. While going to school she worked for WaMu and worked her way through the conversion to Chase, as well as working her way up from a teller to a personal banker. In her free time Kelly enjoys being outside, hiking Upper Park, spending time at Lake Almanor and hanging out with her friends, husband and German Shepherd, Sophie.

Kaitlin Tillett Ferguson: California State University, Chico

​Kaitlin Tillett graduated from UCLA in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development Studies and a minor in Spanish Linguistics. While receiving her degree, she worked as a Digital Marketing Specialist for Xomad, Inc. whose clients included Blackberry and Nivea. After graduation, Kaitlin moved to Cheonan, South Korea where she received her certification of Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages (TESOL) and taught English to middle school students. Upon returning to the states, she pursued her interest in non-profit work and moved to Chico to work in development and communications for Butte Humane Society. This work eventually led her to an opportunity at CSU, Chico, where she currently works as the Alumni Engagement Coordinator. As a Southern California native, Kaitlin now enjoys calling Chico home and exploring the North State with her husband and two dogs.

Brooke Smith, Past President: Residence Inn & Courtyard by Marriott

Brooke Smith is the current Director of Sales for the Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott. She has been at the two Chico Marriott properties for almost 10 years and Director of Sales for 8 years. She graduated from California State University, Chico in 2010 with a degree in Recreation Administration optioning in Special Events, Tourism, Resort, and Lodging Management with a minor in Political Science.  While in college she was President of her sorority, Sigma Kappa. Staying in Chico after college, she became very involved with the Chico Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations. She currently serves on the Committed Leaders for the Young Professionals Organization, and the special events committee. She was YPO President in 2016, and was the Young Professional of the Year for the Chico Chamber of Commerce for 2016. Brooke also is Vice President for Explore Butte County- a tourism improvement group in the county and was recognized in 2016 as one of California Travel Associations Emerging Leaders 30 and Under award. She was also nominated for Sales Person of Year for 2016 from her hospitality management company, Aimbridge. She continues to be active in the Chico Community as much as possible. You can find her most days exploring Chico and beyond looking for new craft beers to try.

YPO Application

Interested in becoming a Young Professionals Organization Member? Click here to download and print a YPO Application.