Young Professionals Summit

The annual InterAction Forum (April 18-20) serves as a venue for leaders and innovators in NGOs, governments, philanthropy, corporations, and civil society to come together and forge common solutions that focus on our work to improve the lives of the world’s poor and marginalized and move us toward a world that works for all.

Tuesday, April 19, is host to InterAction’s fourth annual Young Professionals Summit (YPS). YPS is one track of the Forum that tailors speakers, workshops, and networking events for professionals in the first half of their careers focused on international development and humanitarian relief. YPS is designed and implemented by young professionals and the programming is tailored specifically to fit young professionals interests and needs. Participants will be introduced to new tools to bolster their career, interact with NGO leaders, and be challenged as future leaders.

The Young Professionals Summit is one piece of the InterAction Forum and participants are welcome to particpate in the full 3 day conference, or only for the Young Professionals Summit day on April 19.  Please see price distinction below. Questions? Contact Kellie Peake at REGISTER NOW!

Young Professionals Summit - April 19th, 2016

Schedule of Activities

9:00-10:30 a.m. Workshop - The Kids Are Alright (Tackling Your Career Challenges)
So your boss doesn’t listen to you, you’re thinking about grad school, or wait, should you go into the field? And you’re contemplating finally taking up that Arabic class, but really want to ask for advice from the (highly accomplished) Vice President – whom you also think should be your mentor. ACK! You’ve got questions on your mind, and some challenges you need to think through, but don’t worry, it’ll be alright!

Join this highly interactive workshop, designed to help you identify your top challenges of 2016, and workshop solutions and next steps with your peers.  Facilitated by a career coach who specializes in young professionals in the nonprofit space, this workshop will utilize unique methods that will help you identify your challenges, and decide the best steps for you to overcome them.

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Plenary Session - Smart Solutions: How iNGOs Can Survive and Thrive
The global digital revolution has transformed how iNGOs communicate, collaborate, advocate, educate, coordinate, and deliver programs. Kickstarter and other crowdfunding aps have opened new lines of funding for civil society groups around the globe, empowering tech and social entrepreneurs alike. The rapid adoption of new information and communication technologies has created new networks, markets and demands for private and public sector actors across the developing world. Programs using mobile money and other tech tools are reaching millions. And new generation of tech and "hacker" philanthropists is challenging and changing the way efforts to empower our world's most vulnerable communities are being formulated and funded. Featuring a pair opening "Quick-fire" Tech Talks, this plenary session will bring together leading voices from the public, private and nonprofit sector in a frank examination of the opportunities and challenges presented by today's ever-changing digital age. The panel discussion will be followed by questions from the audience.

12:30-1:30 p.m. Young Professionals Networking Lunch 
Participants are invited to join executives from leading NGOs for a special networking luncheon.

1:45-3:15 p.m. Workshop - Development and Humanitarianism 101: A Crash Course in Becoming a Technical Expert
You’re fascinated by peacebuilding and want to meet an expert, or you have no idea what it takes to become an M&E professional, here is your chance to learn everything you need to know but were too afraid to ask. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to take a ‘101 course’ with an expert on two topics of their choice. It may be a sector you are already familiar with, providing an opportunity to meet an expert and learn more. Or perhaps you’re a novice and want to figure out how to break into a new field. Either way, you’ll walk away with key themes and emerging trends in areas such as inclusive development, peacebuilding, humanitarianism, monitoring and evaluation, workforce development and global health. Come for this interactive session and leave with the resources you need to take the next step towards advancing your career.

3:30-5:00 p.m. Workshop - Evolution of the NGO Sector - A Seat at the Table
The nature of international development and humanitarian action is changing. The NGO sector faces new and greater challenges to respond to communities in conflict or natural disasters and work with new actors from the private sector and local communities. In 20 years the context in which we work may look very different and a new generation of leadership will be in place. Young professionals today are the leaders of NGOs in the future.

This session will bring together NGO leadership and young professionals to engage in an active discussion about the evolution of the NGO sector and the role that young professionals can play in shaping that future. With a keynote address and an open discussion with young professionals, this session will explore the changing environment for NGOs and the role that young professionals may play in ensuring that the sector remains relevant and effective.

4:30-6:45 p.m. Exhibit Hours & Artisan Trade Fair
Be sure to visit the exhibit booths in the exhibit hall to find out about the newest technologies and ground-breaking initiatives. Engage with our exhibitors and sponsors. Vendors will be selling a variety of arts and crafts made by indigenous artists from around the world during the Artisan Trade Fair.

5:45-6:45 p.m. Gala Banquet Reception

7:00-9:30 p.m. Gala Awards Banquet
Join us in celebrating years of dedication to saving lives and improving the human condition. The evening will honor the legacy of aid workers who lost their lives in service and acknowledge the achievement of individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the humanitarian and development community.



Registration Type

Full Conference
(Three Days, April 18-20)
YP Summit Only
(One Day, April 19)
Young Professional - Early Bird (prior to December 9) $500 $295
Young Professional - Regular Rate (after December 9) $525 $295
Student or Unpaid Intern  $325 $195