Young Presidents' Organization

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Young Presidents' Organization
Logo of the Young Presidents Organization.png
Formation1950; 71 years ago (1950)[citation needed]
FounderRay Hickok
Founded atRochester, New York
PurposeNetworking, peer-to-peer learning and idea exchange among peer presidents, chairpersons, or CEO's
HeadquartersIrving, Texas
Over 28,000[1]
SubsidiariesOver 460 individual chapters[citation needed]

YPO (formerly Young Presidents' Organization) is an American-based worldwide leadership community of chief executives with approximately 29,000 members in more than 130 countries, according to the organization's 2019 YPO international fact sheet.


YPO was founded in 1950 in Rochester, New York, by manufacturer Ray Hickok, who was 27 years old when he became the head of his family's Rochester-based Hickok Belt, a 300-employee company.

The first meeting was held in 1950 at the Waldorf Astoria New York and was attended by Robert Wood Johnson III (Johnson & Johnson).[2] Hickok and a small group of young presidents in the area began meeting regularly to share and learn from each other. According to the organization, its founding principle is that of education and idea exchange among peers.[3]

  • The first non-U.S. chapter was created in 1956 in Ontario, Canada.
  • The first YPO University was held in Miami Beach, Florida.
  • YPO merged with its graduate organization, World Presidents Organization (WPO), in 2007.
  • The YPO Global Pulse survey launched in 2009, and is a quarterly economic confidence index that shares business insights from CEOs.[4][5]
  • In 2010, Jill Belconis became the first woman elected to serve as YPO-WPO international chairman.[6]
  • YPO formed an editorial partnership with CNBC in 2012.[7]
  • Elizabeth Zucker is the 2019-2020 chairman of the YPO Board of Directors. [8]


As of 2019, there are more than 450 chapters worldwide and more than 28,000 members.[9][10]

Membership requirements[edit]

To qualify for membership, a person must have become, before age 45, the president or chairman and chief executive officer of a corporation of significance with a minimum revenue and minimum number of employees. The financial criteria differ for service companies and banks.[2] Candidates must be typically recommended by two members of a local chapter and approved by a membership committee of each local chapter.[2]

Notable members[edit]

YPO EDGE[edit]

YPO hosts its flagship leadership gathering called YPO EDGE each year in different city. YPO EDGE is YPO’s annual showcase of thought leadership and innovation, bringing together visionaries, talented leaders, subject matter experts and unique voices from around the world to engage and inspire all that attend this invitation-only event. Previous host cities include:


Pat McNees, YPO: The First 50 Years. (Orange Frazer Press, 1999). ISBN 978-1-882203-59-8 OCLC 1011912188


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  2. ^ a b c Waters, Craig R. (September 1982). "The secret life of Young Presidents".
  3. ^ Hopkins, Mark (1 January 2013). Shortcut to Prosperity: 10 Entrepreneurial Habits and a Roadmap for an Exceptional Career. Greenleaf Book Group. p. 206. ISBN 9781608324316.
  4. ^ U.S. CEO Expectations. CNBC. Retrieved 2013-12-22.[time needed]
  5. ^ Russian Rates Cut Again. CNBC. Retrieved 2013-12-22.[time needed]
  6. ^ "Jill Belconis". 2016-02-28. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  7. ^ "YPO & CNBC Enter Exclusive Editorial Partnership" (Press release). 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  8. ^ "Leadership | YPO". YPO. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  9. ^ Slater, Sherry (May 11, 2019). "City native picked as chairman". The Journal Gazette. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  10. ^ "YPO Announces Six Global Impact Award Global Honorees". 2020-01-29.
  11. ^ a b c d e Waters, Craig R. (September 1, 1982). "The Secret Life Of Young Presidents". Inc. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  12. ^ "Speaker Bio: Peter Ueberroth - Washington Speakers Bureau". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05.
  13. ^ a b "YPO/Chicago Chapter - About YPO". Archived from the original on 2014-06-27.
  14. ^ "Alliance of Chief Executives" (PDF).[page needed]
  15. ^ "Speaker Bio: Christie Hefner - Washington Speakers Bureau". Archived from the original on 2011-10-14.
  16. ^ "The Premier Leadership Organization of Chief Executives in the World". Archived from the original on 2017-10-10.
  17. ^ "How Cape Town's YPO 2019 brings meaning to a 'Life of Re' for creative CEOs". July 2019.
  18. ^ "Why YPO's EDGE Is Coming Back to Singapore". July 2018.

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