Now Accepting Nominations for HYPE Chair Elect

Jul 16, 2014

McKinley AlbertMcKinley Albert
2014 HYPE Chair
Director of Development, Hartford’s Camp Courant

It is hard to believe that by the end of the summer, we will be announcing who will take over as HYPE Chair in 2015!  I am beyond excited to see who is going to lead this amazing organization over the course of the next year, but I have to admit, I am also a little sad.  Serving as Chair this year has truly been incredible, and the entire experience has had a profound impact on me both personally and professionally.  Not only have I had the opportunity to work with a phenomenal group of people who care so much about the success of this organization and this region, but this experience has challenged me…it has pushed me…it has made me a better listener (although I am sure my boss may still disagree)… and it has made me a better leader.  Young professionals make up a large chunk of this region, and HYPE gives us a voice an opportunities to learn about issues that matter.  This is a region made up of diverse people with varied concerns, and it is an honor to help provide a forum for young professionals.

As a transplant to this region, I never thought I would grow to love Connecticut, let along call it home.  Now, I cannot imagine living anywhere else.  As HYPE Chair, I have made great professional connections with other young people and had the opportunity to promote the benefits of HYPE to the business community.  I have been able to highlight the amazing mission of Camp Courant, and most importantly, I have met people who will be my friends for life.  THANK YOU!  HYPE for all that you have done for me.  If the next Chair experiences only a sliver of what I did, I can promise him or her it will be well worth it!

Interested in the 2015 HYPE Chair position?

We are currently accepting nominations for Chair Elect.  Click here to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of this volunteer position, and/or here to submit a nomination.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to any of the following contacts:

McKinley Albert, 2014 HYPE Chair -
Julie Daly Meehan, HYPE Executive Director -
Caitlin Thayer, HYPE Program Director -

Important Dates

August 22, 2014: Candidates must notify the HYPE Chair and/or Executive Director of their intent to run by this date.
August 29, 2014: Candidates must complete the nomination form.
September 2, 2014: The HYPE Executive Committee will review nominations and select the final candidate.
September 3, 2014: Chair-Elect will be publicly announced at the September Get HYPEd.
September through December 2014: Chair-Elect shadows Chair
January 1, 2015: Chair-Elect Takes over as Chair

Please note: if you are interested in any of our five committee Vice Chair positions, we will begin accepting nominations for those September 29 (please watch for more information following the Chair-Elect announcement).


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