Who We Are

We are the future leaders of the Lakes Area, uniting all industries to form a powerful wave of influence, optimism and professional success. Our goal is to build lasting relationships as we elevate our skills and advance our careers. We aim to make a positive difference in our companies and communities, learning from and inspiring each other along the way.

The Next Wave

Nomination Deadline: Friday, July 12, 2024

Help us celebrate The Next Wave of leaders. We seek to recognize outstanding young professionals between the ages of 18 and 39 who live and work in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The Four Under 40 Awards celebrate the talent, ambition, and accomplishments of young leaders. 

WAVE YPN welcomes membership from all individuals aged 18-39 who live in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Cost to join is $240 per year (or $20 per month charged to a credit or debit card), which may be covered by employers as an investment in professional growth.

Upcoming Events

We host monthly, annual, and pop-up events with a wide variety of topics. Dates and times vary to allow our members a variety of options to get involved.

June 6

5PM - 7PM

Antlers Restaurant Pavilion & Whitebirch Golf Course

WAVE YPN: Work Life Balance

On Thursday, June 6, join the WAVE Young Professionals Network at Breezy Point Resort’s Antlers Restaurant Pavilion as we hear from Tyler Glynn, BLAEDC’s Executive Director, as he covers utilizing time management for a successful work life balance. LEARN MORE >

July 24

5PM - 7PM

The Smokestack BBQ Supply Store Northern Pacific Center

WAVE YPN: Business Cards & BBQ

On Wednesday, July 24, join the WAVE Young Professionals Network at The Smokestack BBQ Supply Store in the Northern Pacific Center for a smoking demonstration with a BBQ expert and good old fashioned networking opportunities! LEARN MORE >

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Frequently Asked Questions

WAVE Young Professionals Network welcomes membership from all individuals aged 18-39 who live in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Your employer does not have to be a Chamber member for you to join WAVE, however Chamber membership is encouraged.

Cost to join WAVE YPN is $240 per year, which may be covered by employers as an investment in professional growth. A $20 monthly billing option is available. Through the support of our investors, scholarships are available to young professionals with financial limitations to help offset the cost of membership. Click here to learn more and apply for a scholarship.

WAVE hosts monthly, annual, and pop-up events with a wide variety of topics. Most events are free to attend and open to everyone. Prospective members may attend up to two WAVE events before joining.

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Our Pillars

Our community gains its strength from the diversity of its people. Our young professionals network welcomes those new to the area and makes them feel like they belong.

Opportunities for growth in the Brainerd Lakes Area are endless. Grow as a young professional and advance your career.

We believe in a brighter future for tomorrow. Help us visualize a better Lakes Area and make it a reality for the young professionals who live and work here.

The Brainerd Lakes Area boasts an economy with a wide range of industries. Engage with and meet other young professionals as well as the leaders who do business here.

Why join?

WAVE offers a variety of benefits for our members.

Develop personal and professional skills that will advance your career.

Meet new people and build relationships through fun, social activities.

Gain uncommon access to local leaders and organizations of interest.

Grow as a leader through opportunities to lead and grow the program.

Take advantage of special pricing on Chamber programs and events.

Become an influential voice of young professionals in the Lakes Area.

WAVE Leadership

Meet members of the Anchor Board who bring WAVE to life.

Our Investors

WAVE is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

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Join the wave of influence, optimism and professional success we are spreading throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area.

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Questions about this program?

Ali Beste: Marketing & Young Professionals Coordinator

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