Bryan Young Professionals
Young Leaders are Showing the Way
Spark Change. Give Back. Have Fun.
Although the mission statement for Bryan Young Professionals may seem simple, the group's impact is far-reaching in both Bryan and the Lincoln Community.
Ashley Schroeder, events and marketing specialist for Bryan Health, has been a part of the group since its inception in 2016. Bryan Vice President Eric Mooss invited employees to build a young professionals group from scratch.
How the Group was Established
"It started as a conversation," Ashley says. "A group of us sat down after work one day and discussed what that could look like at Bryan."
Although many young professionals groups focus on networking and sales, Ashley says they realized Bryan's chapter had different needs and goals.
After Bryan celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2016 by completing 90 acts of kindness, many employees wanted to be involved in community outreach, and Bryan leadership recognized a wonderful opportunity to continue that spirit of giving. The group received a budget and created an application process for donation requests.
The Young Professionals community outreach committee meets once a month to review applications. Any Bryan employee, not just Young Professionals members, can request support on behalf of an organization in the community.
"One thing that I've been so amazed at is the involvement of our employees in the community, and the variety of nonprofits that we're getting to partner with is really cool," says Ashley.
Giving Back to the Community
The group has donated tourniquets to local Boy Scouts, fans to an assisted living home, tennis shoes for students and cleaning supplies for Aiding Angels, a group that cleans cancer patients' homes. They've also helped secure equipment and travel expenses for Nebraska Warriors, a hockey program for veterans. In addition, the group volunteers twice a year.
Young Professionals Culture
Bryan Young Professionals come from a variety of employee backgrounds - radiology, trauma, purchasing, facilities, human resources and advancement, to name a few. Ashley says their volunteer events help Bryan employees give back to the community, while connecting with each other.
"Every time I participate in one of our volunteer opportunities, I meet someone new," she says. "Before I might have seen them in the hall and just said hi, not really knowing them, but now we stop and have an actual conversation. It's great connecting employees to each other, and also to our community."
About 47 percent of Bryan's employees are considered to be young professionals, and for many this might be their first job out of college. Young Professionals hopes to engage them through social events, such as trivia nights, cooking classes and the "Nacho Ride" bicycle trip to Eagle. They also provide learning opportunities on topics such as health and wellness, finances and career development.
Ashley says trust from the executive team has allowed them to practice leadership early in their careers, and they're guided by the same desires of many at Bryan, regardless of age.
"Bryan is an organization that believes in giving back, and employees are really proud of that," she says.