What Is the
Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network?

Our Mission

The mission of the Young Professionals Network is to enhance the culture for young professionals in the Bismarck-Mandan community through professional development, entrepreneurship, community service and social networking; to create new opportunities for members; and to connect members to organizations in the Bismarck-Mandan community.

What We’re About

What Is the Young Professionals Network All About?

The Young Professionals Network hosts several events throughout the year. These events are the perfect opportunities for attendees to develop themselves professionally, seek new ways to put their skills and talents to great use, and make friends and new business connections.

Our diverse events offer something to everyone, although attendance at one is never mandatory. Each member is encouraged to join us at whichever events best meet their personal and professional objectives, time constraints and stage of professional development. Certain events during the year are also opened up to family members, guests, and anyone interested in learning more about the Network. 

Young Professionals Network members may also help our board plan and organize events. Doing so is a great way for members to gain invaluable management experience as they further our mission. Our members additionally benefit from unique network outreach opportunities.

Who Can Join?

Membership with the Young Professionals Network is open to anyone who is between the ages of 21 and 40 and plays an active role within the Bismarck-Mandan professional community. We welcome recent college graduates and industry veterans alike, just like we do long-standing members of our community and recent additions to it.

How It Began

Our organization was started by a group of young professionals who recognized the lack of available opportunities for themselves and their peers in the Bismarck-Mandan area. In addition to solving this problem they wished to enhance diversity, cultivate entrepreneurial spirit, increase cultural and professional development opportunities, and help create a channel for young professionals to voice their concerns in their community. After some careful groundwork, the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network was born in 2005!


In addition to annual membership dues, the Young Professionals Network is funded by our generous partners. These local businesses and organizations share our mission of enhancing the culture for young professionals throughout the Bismarck-Mandan area, and make it known to our community that they value and encourage our future leaders.

If you would like to learn more about how you can help further our mission and attract an innovative and motivated younger workforce, then we welcome you to learn more about partnership on our Partner page.



Proactively create environments and programs that allow for linkages between one another and within the community.


Actively pursue partnerships with businesses, non-profits, service, professional development, media, cultural and entertainment organizations to help deliver opportunities that are already taking place within the community.


We believe in the Bismarck-Mandan community, and we believe that it can be an attractive place for young professionals. With the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network, the community will have a solid partner and asset for the future development of Bismarck-Mandan.

Meet the Board

Executive Team

Cat Jones

Mallory Green

Vice President
Gabby Abouassaly

Steph Hauge


Event Specialist
Alyssa Kroshus

Event Specialist
Julia Hammerschmidt

Event Specialist
Ashley Wooledge

Event Specialist
Brook Smith

New Member Specialist
Kathryn Spilman

Current Member Specialist
Nikhil Kalothia

Partner Liaison Specialist
Grant Dockter

Marketing Specialist
Justice Erickson

Wisdom Team

The Wisdom Team is comprised of seasoned professionals from our community who volunteer their time to meet with our leadership board on a quarterly basis to offer advice and suggestions to improve the network. The Wisdom Team has made suggestions that have helped us with strategic planning, editing and enacting bylaws, and introducing new practices with business partners. Thank you to our Wisdom Team members for their time and effort in supporting the network!

Patty Olson
Capital Credit Union

Ellen Huber
City of Mandan

Jason Sutheimer
Job Service North Dakota

Kevin Miller
ITCB Consulting

Bryan Klipfel

Teresa Chrest
Bartlett & West

DJ Campbell
Sanford Health

Trish Helgeson
National Information Solutions Cooperative

Please contact us today with any questions or input – we’d always love to hear from you!


1640 Burnt Boat Drive
Bismarck, ND 58503



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