The Oriental Institute's Young Professional Leaders (YPL) group is a vibrant community of young people who support the overall mission and programs of the Oriental Institute. This special membership category is designed to give emerging civic leaders a meaningful way to engage with the Oriental Institute, one of Chicago leading cultural institutions. Through fundraising, advocacy, and volunteering, the YPL actively strengthens the Oriental Institute’s efforts to study and preserve the archaeological heritage of the Middle East. The YPL is intended for anyone between the ages of 22-45 who wants to learn more about the ancient Middle East while participating in exclusive educational, social, and volunteer activities with some of the world’s foremost academics.

What We Do

YPL members use their creativity, knowledge, innovation, and professional skills to advance the Oriental Institute. The YPL supports the institute's programs through event-based fundraising activities. YPL members use part of the money they raise to award grants to Oriental Institute projects of their choosing. YPL members also serve as ambassadors for the Oriental Institute, increasing awareness of the institute’s work and engaging new audiences through outreach events.


John D. Lawrence, Co-Chair
Scott Erich, Secretary
Allison G. Fortune, Treasurer

Benefits of Membership

Young Professional Leader members receive the benefits of Associate members, invitations to engaging programs, and opportunities to network and socialize with peers at a special series of YPL events.


A Scavenger Hunt

Join us for a fundraiser benefiting the Oriental Institute Museum Feature Exhibits.

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