NAIOP SoCal's Industry Leading Professional Development & Leadership Program

The Young Professionals Group (YPG) is NAIOP SoCal’s industry-leading professional development and leadership program. Each year, 35 real estate professionals are selected to take part in a 12-month, 70-hour course designed to educate, develop, connect and elevate the commercial real estate industry’s emerging leaders. The program offers instruction in critical components of the real estate industry, personal and professional development coaching from MBA-level instructors, extensive networking and relationship-building activities, and guidance from leading industry executives through an intimate speaker series exclusive to YPG.

Among YPG’s more than 350 alumni are senior level executives, principals who have founded their own companies and NAIOP SoCal Board Members.

YPG has emerged as a strong voice for the next generation of commercial real estate. The organization has already founded a number of unique events including: Leadership Summit, Y-Games, and Big for a Day to name a few.


Becoming a YPG graduate is just the beginning! The Alumni Committee is active in overseeing curriculum development, securing sponsors, recruiting and selecting new candidates, planning continuing education programs and participating in community outreach.

Community Outreach

YPG candidates and alumni are also leaders in the community. Partnerships with organizations such as KidWorks, Building Blocks Foundation Fund, Working Wardrobes and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County provide rewarding volunteer experiences for the YPG team to give back, mentor and make a difference. YPG also supports the Whitmore Open, an annual golf tournament to commemorate the memory of C. Whitmore Riske III, former YPG Chair and colleague.

Want to Be a YPG Candidate?

The application period for the 2017-18 YPG class is now CLOSED. The application period for the 2018-19 class will open in mid-November 2017 and will be due by mid-January 2018. Those accepted into the program will be notified in mid-February 2018.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

NAIOP SoCal would like to thank all of the sponsors that make YPG possible.

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