Esri Young Professionals Network Is for Everyone

Have you ever wondered why it’s called the Esri Young Professionals Network (YPN)? Well, it’s not about age. Esri YPN  was created with three goals in mind:

  1. Provide a space for GIS professionals to learn and supplement their skill sets in GIS.
  2. Connect GIS professionals to further enhance community and collaboration
  3. Promote leadership skills and qualities in the GIS community.

We need help from all members of the GIS community to achieve these three goals, especially professionals beginning their careers, and here’s why. Esri YPN defines “young” as within seven years of starting your GIS career. If you’ve recently discovered the world of GIS in school or decided to make a career change, you are considered a young professional.

Can You Be Part of Esri YPN If You’ve Worked in GIS for Years?

This is a great question, and one Esri often gets. After several years in the GIS world, you may no longer consider yourself a young professional. While this might be true, you’re still a significant member of the YPN community because you could be a mentor or a subject matter expert to newer members.

Esri YPN would not be around without Esri’s more seasoned GIS members who help deliver new content. This content can include anything from sharing stories to speaking at conferences and webinars to writing blog posts. Esri YPN is always looking for new content. If you or someone you know is interested in creating blog posts, ebooks, or videos, send an email to