Membership & Bylaws


Young Leaders of Notre Dame is open to any employee at the University of Notre Dame. Events and opportunities are focused on meeting the needs of those under the age of 45.

Last updated September 14, 2016


Young Leaders of Notre Dame (YLND) exists to connect Notre Dame young professionals through networking, professional development, and community engagement activities to assist Human Resources with recruitment, retention and provision of educational initiatives ensuring the continued growth and strength of the University community.


Several staff members approached the University Leadership expressing a desire and interest in ways to meet, interact, and connect with young professionals across campus as a way to build community and further their own careers. An exploratory committee including those staff members and a representative from Human Resources was formed in the spring of 2015. The result of the work of the committee was the formation of YLND as an Employee Resource Group (ERG), with the support of Human Resources.

Committee Charter and Goals:

YLND will fulfill its mission in the following ways:

  • Holding a minimum of 8-12 events per calendar year that include a mix of social, networking, professional development, and community engagement opportunities;

  • Administering an online platform through which young professionals at ND can connect;

  • Working with University Leadership and Human Resources to create mentoring and professional development opportunities;

  • Working with other local organizations to connect YLND members to the wider Michiana community.

Steering Committee Makeup and Guideline

YLND is led by a steering committee consisting of a minimum of 8 and maximum of 10 members who represent a diverse cross-section of the University’s young professional body.  In addition to specific roles described below, the Steering Committee also has general oversight of  the budget, including funding from Human Resources as well as other sources (e.g. executive or department sponsorships).
A committee member may hold more than one position on the steering committee. A single term in any position on the steering committee may be no longer than 2 years. Committee members may remain on the steering committee for no longer than 4 years total. At a minimum the YLND Steering Committee has the following positions, and which is described in further detail below. Subcommittees are subject to change as determined by the steering committee:

  • Chair

  • Vice-Chair

  • Secretary and Treasurer (this role may be combined with another)

  • Chairs of the following subcommittees:

    • Event Planning

    • Community Engagement 

    • Communications 

    • Membership

  • Human Resources Liaison

Chair-person - Responsible for overall operations and strategic direction of the committee. Acts as the liaison to the University Community as a whole. This is a one year position.

Vice-Chair, Chair-elect -  Supports the work and supplements the strategic development of the committee.  Provides financial and fund-raising oversight for the steering committee as needed. Acts as the liaison to the University Community in the absence of the Chair-person. The Vice-Chair is nominated by the Chair and approved by a majority vote of the steering committee. This is a one year position.

Secretary and Treasurer- Scheduling of YLND committee meetings, taking committee minutes, and facilitating  agendas and committee work as needed. Oversees the budget process for YLND to include approval of expenses; accounting for all expenses; providing budget updates to steering committee at each meeting, etc.  In doing so, will work closely with HR for their accounting purposes.

Event Planning - Responsible for the oversight, development, and strategic direction of YLND events, including the formation of event subcommittees as deemed necessary and appropriate. The chair of the subcommittee sits on the steering committee.

Community Engagement Subcommittee - Acts as the primary liaison to local community groups and organizations, including other young professional groups. The chair of the subcommittee sits on the steering committee.

Technology Chair - Responsible for developing applications and technology as necessary.  Create and support a subcommittee as necessary.

Communications Subcommittee - Responsible for oversight of comprehensive communications that support the strategic direction of YLND, such as web content and any direct communications, as well as for all forms of outreach about events. The chair of this subcommittee will sit on the steering committee and will work closely with the other subcommittee chairs on their communication needs.

Membership Chair - Responsible for educating the campus community about the existence and benefits of YLND, as well as maintaining and growing the membership database. The chair of this subcommittee will sit on the steering committee and will work closely with the communications chair. 

Human Resources Liaison - Human Resources staff person who helps to ensure that YLND is fulfilling its mission of assisting Human Resources with recruitment, retention and provision of educational initiatives.

If a subcommittee chair is vacated, the chair of YLND will ask the subcommittee members to elect a new chair who will sit on the steering committee.  At a minimum of once a year, subcommittees will call for new members to aid in their work. Subcommittees may choose to seek additional members more frequently than once a year at the discretion of the chair.

The steering committee must have a majority vote, for the following:

  • Creation of new subcommittees
  • Approval of subcommittee chairs
  • Annual budget review and approval
  • Additional budget expenditure of 10% or greater that was not previously approved in the annual budget.

The steering committee must communicate to its members on its progress in fulfilling the mission of YLND, as well as its intended strategic direction on an annual basis.