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YPC 2016 Professional Development Chair

Young Professionals Connection Professional Development

Alex Duong

Young Professionals Connection (YPC) Board Position: Professional Development Chair

Hometown: Clinton, Iowa

Alma Mater: Drake University

What do you do: Marketing Specialist at Mediacom Communications


What’s a day in your job like? Every day is a new day, a little bit different each day, which makes it unique and entertaining.

What are your passions outside of work? I want to make a difference in the community. I started from scratch when I first moved to the United States without knowing the language and culture. I could not be where I am now without the support, help and encouragement along the way from so many individuals. Now is time to pay it forward with being involved and volunteering as much as I can. I want to make an impact and make sure that the future generation will have a better life. One of the many reasons why and how I YPC.

When you’re not at work, what will we find you doing? I like food, especially sushi, trying different restaurants, and spending time with friends. Gray’s Lake, in Gray's Landing, is awesome in the spring, summer and fall, so I will be running around there a lot, and Kosama is my best friend. 

Where’s your favorite (something) in Greater Des Moines (DSM)? Des Moines Farmers' Market, CelebrAsianIowa Cubs and 515 Alive Music Festival

What are your words to live by? “I’ve always seen life like a series of doors. Sometimes you get to choose the door you go through, sometimes you don’t get that choice, but you still gotta walk through it. So, you can either go kicking and screaming or walk through with your head held high.” Jay Pritchett — Modern Family (which is one of my favorite shows)

Young Professionals Connection (YPC)

The Young Professionals Connection (YPC) promotes an environment that attracts and retains young professionals in Greater Des Moines (DSM). YPC connects young professionals to each other and to the community through social, civic, charitable and professional development endeavors. YPC members have unique opportunities to grow personally and professionally and forge lasting relationships. They engage, connect and form a foundation for their future in DSM. YPC is an initiative of the Greater Des Moines Partnership.