Around this time of year the holiday parties start piling up (Next week I am attending FOUR holiday parties). But in the middle of wine, cheese, and cool company I wanted to highlight some events in NYC that are great opportunities to network, connect, and make a difference. These events are being led by young social change leaders so show your support!

TrickleUp’s Young Professionals Council Open House
Monday December 7th 7pm-10pm, The Suffolk, 107 Suffolk Street. No Cover $5 drinks :)

I know many of you—like myself—are interested in social entreprenurship as a means for social change, especially when it comes to alleviating poverty. You might be interested in Trickle Up which helps very poor people make their way out of poverty by providing training, seed capital grants and savings support to help people launch a microenterprise.

They are having an open house for people to learn more about their work and how to get involved. The event is sponsored by their Young Professional’s Council which raises awareness amongst New York City college students and young professionals about alleviating extreme poverty, while simultaneously providing social and networking opportunities.

If you want to attend please email Fennie Wang, fennie.n.wang [at] jpmchase [dot] com or Anush Ricci, anush.x.riccin [at] jpmchase [dot] com

United Way’s Young Leaders Council Second Annual Red Carpet Soiree
Saturday December 12th 7pm-11pm, The Renaissance Hotel at Two Times Square, tickets $85-$100

This year’s event will be honoring young philanthropist Beverly Bond who started BlackGirlsRock! A nonprofit that supports at risk girls of color and celebrates positive role models. I absolutely LOVE the work of Beverly Bond and the culture of giving she highlights among celebrities. If you are interested in attending please visit their website.

Have a great weekend!