Seattle Growth Podcast 6.9: Communities for young professionals

With an economy that is booming across many industries, Seattle offers an abundance of professional opportunities. And so many good jobs have precipitated a flood of transplants, especially of the young and well-educated variety.

How do all these newcomers find a sense of community in a city that is growing and changing so rapidly—and one that is not exactly known for its welcoming warmth (hello, “Seattle freeze”)?

Episode 6.9 of the Seattle Growth Podcast shares stories from communities that are being formed to facilitate connections among professionals who yearn for social connections and support.

Lewis Lin, founder and CEO of PeopleMaven and author of Be the Greatest Product Manager Ever, describes the sprawling community he has built to help people prepare for product management interviews, a model that could be applied to any organization or group of people who would like to bring people together for a common purpose.

And Ahmad Corner, CEO of Young Professionals of Seattle, discusses founding this community hub based on the principle that people are at the heart of what makes businesses or communities work well. He and his vice president of marketing and communications, Jamie Shindler, recount lessons they have learned in bringing together more than 13,000 young professionals in Seattle.

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The Seattle Growth Podcast is hosted and produced by Jeff Shulman, the Marion B. Ingersoll Professor of Marketing at the UW Foster School of Business.

Shulman is also the producer of On the Brink, the acclaimed documentary of history, hope and determination to save Seattle’s vanishing Central District. You can view the film at upcoming screenings August 15 at the Neptune Theater, September 21 in Los Angeles’ Leimert Park, and October 19 at Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI).