Tau Beta Pi: Young Engineers Organization
Inaugural meeting of the YEO in New York City. Rodger Smith welcomes members of the New York City YEO at their first meeting on January 23, 2013. (More YEO images are available here.)
The Young Engineers Organization (YEO) is a professional networking community for Tau Beta Pi engineers (under age 40) to assist in the building of strong and productive careers. While serving as a leading member of the Vision Development Group, Rodger Smith, WI A '64, Managing Director of Greenwich Associates and chair of TBP's Trust Advisory Committee for more than 25 years, recommended that Tau Beta PI implement a YEO program, modeled after the Young Presidents Organization.
Acting as its senior advisor, Rodger established the inaugural New York City Chapter of YEO in 2012. He invited 150 Tau Bates in the class years 2000-2013 and living within a 50-mile radius of Manhattan, to be interviewed for membership in YEO. The goal was to form an initial group of 35. Candidates were asked to submit a short resume, their job goal in five years, and their endgame career goal. Rodger interviewed all candidates by phone. A total of 30 candidates were accepted as inaugural members.
The first meeting was held at the offices of Ropes & Gray in Manhattan and was attended by 28 of the new members. Rodger developed the agenda, which included:
Introductions – each member was asked to introduce another member
Presentation by a senior executive about their business, followed by Q&A (See video of David Erfert, Phillips 66)
Breakout groups to plan agendas for follow-on meetings and discuss cost sharing
Private session for members to raise issues/problems they have had on the job
Networking and wine tasting.
Monthly meetings are held between September and May, and five meetings, each led by Rodger and following a similar agenda, were held before the summer hiatus. The dress code is business attire for all meetings.
The members have made important progress, electing officers for the second year and establishing members of its four committees. The membership committee has interviewed and invited 13 strong candidates to join the group in September, bringing the total membership closer to 40. A summer social event took place on August 26, 2013, at 230 Fifth Rooftop. It is the goal of the Association to identify one or two new leaders to establish new YEO chapters in other cities within the next two years.