Greenwood Chamber of Commerce creates new group for young professionals.
Jamaal Dyer has a passion for Tulsa. He describes himself as “a proud product” of Walt Whitman Elementary, Carver Middle and Booker T. Washington High Schools.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Science in rehabilitation counseling from Langston University, Dyer is back home — and ready to serve his community as president of the new Greenwood Chamber’s Young Professionals group.
Dyer is employed by Family and Youth Intervention Services as a licensed professional counselor and is active in his family’s funeral home business, Dyer Memorial Chapel. But, he wants to do more.
Following much discussion with chamber leadership, Dyer was appointed as the leader of the initiative and, with the assistance of Charity Marcus, CEO of Avenu Consulting, formed a team that began meeting last June.
“It is very important to have the involvement of young professionals in the chamber,” Marcus says. “We need to reach out to the next generations, bring them in, get them involved and mentor them.” The Greenwood Chamber has been looking to add a Young Professionals group for a few years.
Dyer believes it is important for Greenwood to have its own group separate from the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Tulsa’s Young Professionals.
“TYPros is doing a phenomenal job with their community initiatives and business development opportunities throughout a large portion of the city,” Dyer says. “However, while they have been very instrumental in bringing businesses to Tulsa, north Tulsa has been neglected. We plan to partner with them to see how we can work together to bring businesses and recreation to the Greenwood District and north Tulsa, as well.”
The Greenwood Chamber represents all of Tulsa, but its primary focus is the people and businesses of north Tulsa, the historic Black Wall Street and the Greenwood Business District.
More than 60 young professionals attended the Greenwood Chamber Young Professionals group’s first mixer last September.
“Our group will bring vivacity, innovative ideas, business development opportunities, collaborations with other professional organizations and a social network that will make Greenwood a great place to work, serve and enjoy,” Dyer says.
The group plans on hosting quarterly membership mixers, as well as professional development workshops. Plans are being made for the coming year, and anyone age 18-39 is invited to become a member.