About HYP

Hickory Young Professionals (HYP) was established in 2008 to provide opportunities for young professionals in the Greater Hickory (NC) Metro Region to excel Professionally, Socially & Economically.

HYP provides young professionals in the Greater Hickory Metro the opportunity to network with one another and engage in professional development programs. HYP hosts events monthly all over the area to help young professionals get plugged into the places we live, work, and play.

Wondering if you're a Young Professional? If you're between 21-40 years of age, and you live and/or work in the Greater Hickory Metro Region, you qualify! If you're a student, between jobs, looking to meet new people, or to advance your career, you qualify too! 

HYP strives to promote the region's best assets, be they people or places, and our events calendar is how we do that. This is done through forums with city officials, tours of educational or community activity centers, social/networking events, Q&A with business leaders, first-hand experience with local companies, and much, much more. 

HYP Events:

HYP hosts a variety of events throughout the year designed to keep our members engaged in the community and with each other.

On the third Thursday of every month, HYP hosts “HYP on Tap”, a Networking Social event held at different restaurants, bars, or businesses around town. HYP on Tap provides a comfortable environment with no agenda, allowing networking opportunities with other young professionals in a relaxed environment where you can loosen the tie a bit and de-stress from the workday, while getting to know other young professionals. These events are free and open to everyone, not just members. HYP on tap is great for new people who want to “check us out” and get to know people in the group.

Once per quarter, HYP hosts an Inside the Metro Series event where we introduce HYP members to different community leaders in an intimate lunch-and-learn setting. Some of the format is modeled after Inside the Actors’ Studio where one featured guest sits with one interviewer and answers questions about their career, the choices they made to get where they are, advice they have for young professionals, and what inspires them. Other events have speakers from the Metro Area and topics that are of interest to HYP members, like social media, what is being a leader in your company, and Catawba County’s Competitiveness Plan, to name a few.

Once per quarter HYP also hosts a different Professional Development Seminar on various topics to help our members develop skills they can use every day. We want our members to be as involved and effective as they can be at work, at home, and in the community. Our Professional Development Seminars are a great way to broaden and deepen your skill set so you’re a more valuable asset to those that depend on you.

And last, but certainly not least HYP’penings, which are member-hosted events held around town, or out of town, for social purposes. These are sponsored/hosted by a different HYP Member(s) each month. These events can highlight some of the attributes or amenities of the Hickory area and/or center around a National event. These events are great for all members and guests, and not to mention fun!

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