Young Professionals Association

Young Professionals Association

The Young Professionals Association (YPA) is a self-driven group of young professionals dedicated to the Wily Network who will use their time, talent, and resources to support and raise awareness of the Wily Network’s mission, increase the organization’s network and funding, and provide professional development opportunities for members.

The Young Professionals Association (YPA) is a self-driven group of young professionals dedicated to the Wily Network who will use their time, talent, and resources to support and raise awareness of the Wily Network’s mission, increase the organization’s network and funding, and provide professional development opportunities for members.

Established in the Spring of 2020, Wily’s YPA is a growing aspect of the organization. We have three pillars of focus:

  • Advancement – support Wily’s fundraising and awareness-building goals by planning and executing events and campaigns that are easily accessible to Boston’s young professional community.
  • Career Connections – provide YPA Members, Wily Scholars, Wily Alumni, and Boston’s young professional community with opportunities for connection, learning and growth.
  • Member Development – support member recruitment and cultivation of existing member relationships by creating fun and meaningful experiences for members that promote a sense of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB).

Email laura@thewilynetwork.org with questions & for more info.

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Young Professionals Association – Leadership Team

Niki Bramley
Membership Chair
she/her

Niki works in the FP&A department at Peloton where she has been integrally involved in rightsizing the business on its path to profitability. Prior to Peloton, she was at Casper immediately following its IPO and, prior to Casper, Niki started her career in the Investment Banking Division of William Blair. She graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in economics. Niki’s support system through college was paramount to her success. She was drawn to Wily to ensure all students had this opportunity.

Laura Broffman The Wily Network

Laura Broffman
Staff Representative
she/her

Laura received a BA in Sociology and Environmental Studies from Brandeis University. Her love for social justice and the environment led her to Better Future Project, where she worked on a team of climate organizers and gained valuable non-profit experience. Laura was drawn to Wily because of their work to help students reach their goals despite the systemic barriers, and the organization’s focus on mental health during college. She is excited by organizing and implementing change, and loves helping Wily continue to grow. When she’s not working, Laura loves cooking and eating with loved ones, spending time in nature, and practicing yoga.

Laura joined Wily in 2019.

Sara Miller-Blanc The Wily Network

Sara Miller Blanc
Board Representative
she/her

Sara is an Enterprise Account Executive at Drift, the first conversational marketing platform, and a founding member of the Wily Network Board of Directors. She has worked to provide opportunities to underserved students in Greater Boston for the past 10 years. Sara graduated from Tufts University in 2012 with a political science degree, focusing on education policy. During college, she spent nine months studying in Washington, D.C., interning at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and working on political campaigns and policy writing, experiences that furthered her interest in policy relating to underserved communities. Sara is invested in the success of young people and the systemic supports needed to make success a reality. Immediately after graduation, Sara served two years volunteering full-time in Boston Public Schools with City Year Boston, an AmeriCorps program that aims to stem the high school dropout crisis by providing attendance, coursework, and social-emotional coaching to students. Her time serving in a 7th-grade classroom in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and her three years as a volunteer Big Sister illuminated for her the vast differences in resources and support that low-income students and communities receive compared to those in areas of greater wealth, as well as the different needs of students in these circumstances. She is a member of the Leadership Committee for City Year Boston’s Ambassador Circle and a volunteer Big Sister for Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Kevin Richardson
Co-chair
he/him

Kevin Richardson is currently based in Dallas, TX, where he is building a banking career by fostering lasting relationships and delivering exceptional client care. For nearly a decade he called New England home, and was fortunate to have the opportunity to study and work in and around Boston. Kevin can personally attest to the tremendous impact of a robust support system during and beyond college – mentors, sponsors and friends powered him through college, inspiring him to lead by serving others. These pillars of support eased his academic journeys at Colby-Sawyer College and Babson College, and his subsequent transition into professional service. Kevin is delighted at the opportunity to support Wily’s mission to help Scholars thrive through its partnership with the Young Professionals Association.

Karine Sevyan
Co-Chair
she/her

Karine works in construction lending at JP Morgan Chase. She currently lives in Boston. Originally from Armenia, Karine immigrated to the United States at the age of nine. Karine was drawn to Wily because she was the first person in her family to go to college in the US, and knows first-hand how important it is to have a supportive network. Karine has a passion for staying active, traveling and is a car enthusiast.

We’d love to hear from you.

Founders 

Thank you to our founding co-chairs Taylor Capuano and Mike Virginio, as well as our founding leaders Sarah Miller Blanc, Laura Broffman, Austin Crouse and Liz Stanfield. You transformed the YPA from an idea to a group of driven young professionals who work to amplify Wily’s message. We are so grateful for your dedicated work. You will always be a part of the Wily Pack.

Taylor Capuano The Wily Network

I have been blown away by Wily’s impact over the last few years, so I’ve loved getting to bring my friends & colleagues into “the pack” as YPA members, leaders, and donors. Once people learn about the need, and how easy it can be to make a measurable impact, it’s a no-brainer to get involved.

Taylor Capuano, YPA Founding Co-Chair
Mike Virginio The Wily Network

What I’ve enjoyed most about being involved in the Young Professionals Association is seeing it grow, and the energy that the group brings. It started out as a group of six, and as of 2021 it is now about twenty active members and growing!

Mike Virginio, YPA Founding Co-Chair