Judging from its just-published 2010 annual report, Fuel Rochester has had a successful year, increasing membership by more than 100 individuals and launching two new initiatives to better serve members.
Started in April of 2009 by the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, Fuel aims to prepare new generations of young professionals to lead with vision and passion; to refuel and re-energize Rochester’s business and social climate.
To date, the group has held 15 professional development events and 21 social networking events and has participated in eight volunteer service projects.
In the annual report, outgoing chair Nicole Bennett Engler reflects, “In a short period of time, we achieved our initial goal of creating a premiere young professionals organization to inform, network, and connect aspiring community leaders to help make Rochester a better place to live, work, and thrive.”
Spurred by member feeback from its end-of-year satisfaction survey, Fuel recently rolled out two initiatives to better meet members’ needs.
A number of established members formed Fuel Frontliners — ambassadors responsible for welcoming and informing new and potential members and for facilitating networking among shy event-goers.
Fuel also implemented a mentorship program to connect aspiring young professionals with seasoned professionals in their career fields. The mentorship program enables Fuel members to cultivate relationships with successful Rochester entrepreneurs and community leaders who are willing to share their experiences, provide professional guidance and facilitate connections with other important players within their professions.
For more details about Fuel programing and leadership, view Fuel’s 2010 annual report.