We hosted the first in our series of ‘Just Lunch’ networking events yesterday at 3 Albion Place, 12 – 2pm.
It was a group of members that attended, and for some their first networking event they have attended at the IoD and others it was great to catch up. (more…)
All members are invited to attend and can bring up to two guests to any meeting. Any non IoD member should get in touch through LinkedIn to confirm their attendance.
Stepping up to the Challenge
2009 has been a great year for the Young Directors Forum, we have had a great turn out to our events and we have run more engaging events for our membership that have provided real value and networking. (more…)
Today I attend an inspiring event hosted by IoD YDF & Business Link Yorkshire at Gandhi Hall, Leeds Met Uni.
Andy Chapman, IoD YDF Committee collaborated with the team at Business Link to put on an informative event. Which aim was to give practical tips for business owners in Leeds about how they can manage their businesses in tough times. (more…)
Last week I attended the IoD Director of the Yearawards in Leeds. Vernon George, Director of Regions and Branches gave a closing speech. The theme of the speech was ‘The Green Shoots of Recovery’ and whether there are signs of things improving or not.
Back in the summer I was appointed the Chairman of the IoD Young Directors Forum for Yorkshire and Humber. At the end of 2008, I now reflect on the achievements of the forum this year.
So what is the YDF?
I asked myself the same question when I was appointed – ‘What do we stand for and what’s our vision?’. I am fortunate to have a wonderful committee who are enthusiastic and committed. We spent some time working through our vision and what makes us different.
“Provide emerging leaders with support and development to enable personal and business success. Aim to represent and support views of the forum’s membership in the Yorkshire business community and we will build partnerships with the key power bases in the region to allow this to happen.”
What makes us different to other IoD branches?
- We are tomorrow’s leaders, today
- Challenge current IoD thinking and practise
- Embrace modern ways of working, not held back
- Latest technology
- Social networking
- Link traditional and new works of working
- Informal | Relaxed | fun
- People centred
The Plan for 2009
In the current economic climate we have spent time talking to our members about what they want in 2009 and how we can engage with our members. A key message that came back is that people are feeling isolated and are feeling the pressures of running a business.
I would like to develop the membership of the YDF into something of real value where younger members of the IoD can share their experiences and discuss ideas and current issues with their contemporaries. The ultimate aim that we all can develop skills and relationships that will allow us to become business leaders of the future.