share the wealth: dc young professionals orgs

yesterday, i received an e-mail from D.C. Society of Young Professionals announcing that the organization will be split into two entities. they claim a database of 50k members in the dc area and feel they can better its members by splitting up.

seems like the organizers of DCSYP, Greg & Michael, are throwing away an established name while throwing members into the world of the unknown.

from what i can gather, Professionals in the City promises to “set a higher standard in socializing & networking”. this org is national with events in baltimore, boston, dc, la, nyc and philly — so that’s a potential upside. Pros kickoff party will be at home nightclub on 11/19, $5 entry fee if you purchase by today.

meanwhile, Things To Do DC “produces original events that enrich your social and cultural experiences while enabling you to meet other young professionals in a friendly environment.” — the same people that gave us Decades, AIR, and Live on Penn. TTD’s first event is 11/18, a meet and greet at eyebar (see my previous post — stay away from the martinis!).

does anyone know what’s going on? i can’t really figure out the difference between the two groups.

to round out the young professionals discussions, there is one other org i want to bring up, the Washington Networking Group. i attended an event last spring and it sucked. the venue was old, as were the people (!) — it felt like a red russian mafia outfit. they also ran out appetizers and my friend and i felt more like the main course as people were not shy to hit on us.

dc’s a fun young city and these orgs provide access to venues i normally would not have access to; however, i’m going to be a bit more discerning as to where and with whom i spend my time.

2 Comments so far

  1. Thomas Vincent (unregistered) on November 26th, 2004 @ 9:55 pm

    Yup, Bill’s WNG events can have an older edge especially since he started charging a yearly membership of $50. I know noone of my friends who retained membership and our average age was 34. I’d agree with the split on young professionals, I can’t help but wonder how many of those young professionals like me used to live there, but have moved on. I’d bet it’s basicly all under one roof, but two tickets to double their profit margin. :-)

  2. Steven Larsons (unregistered) on June 9th, 2005 @ 1:44 am

    The groups are run very differently. I really like Professionals in the City. You have a bad link for it, though. It should be

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