Cultivating New Skills & Relationships
Licensing International’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) is designed to help brand licensing professionals, under 30 years of age, expand their skill base, their network, and their horizons with free educational and social events tailored to their unique interests and needs. YPN is all about connecting and cultivating new skills and relationships, and having fun of course!
YPN events offer exclusive gatherings where young professionals can hear directly from some of the biggest names in the industry. Sign up below to find out what’s coming up next.
Who can’t use a little more brainpower? YPNers receive free access to Licensing International webinars, virtual roundtables, and an on-demand library of educational sessions. It’s an opportunity to learn from industry executives and share insights with other YPNers that will give you a leg up.
Every YPN event is an opportunity to meet people at the same stage of their career and to connect with professionals from all the diverse segments of the brand licensing industry – fashion, entertainment, toys, retail, gaming, and more! YPNers also stay connected via special groups on LinkedIn & Facebook.
YPN is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to everything Licensing International has to offer. YPN introduces members to all the opportunities that exist in the wider brand licensing community!
Learnings & Lessons From My Favorite YPN Events
Welcome to the very first blog post from Licensing International’s Young Professionals Network (or YPN for short)! While we intend for this to be a regularly occurring series, I am honored to have the privilege of penning the very first installment after nearly six years in the industry as a YPN member myself. By way of a quick introduction, my name is Nick Manzo, and I am an Associate Director within IMG’s Licensing division. In addition to my “day job”, I also serve as the head of our YPN Membership Committee. Formed in the beginning of 2020, the YPN Membership Committee is tasked with crafting amazing events (such as the panel earlier this month with Crunchyroll & BioWorld) and networking functions – which we hope to have back in person soon! Our mission is to offer a space for young brand licensing professionals to expand their skill base, their network, and their horizons with free educational and social events tailored to their unique interests and needs. With this first post, I thought that there’s no better way to capture our goals above than to call out some of my favorite events and lessons from years past.