Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)



First Advisor

Norma Noonan


Today there are an abundance of young professionals' organizations, yet there is little research on what individuals hope to gain from their participation in such groups, why they join such groups, and their concurrent leadership development. Using a review of academic literature and interviews with young professionals serving on or recently serving on an executive committee for a young professionals' organization working to end Alzheimer's disease, this action research attempts to gain an understanding of young professionals' organrzations and what leadership development opportunities can add to them. It concludes with recommended actions for the group to take.


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