We also launched HYPE (Harnessing Young Professional Energy) in 2018, which is building a collaborative network of Avient’s young professionals, eager to innovate and impact our customers with the support of cross-generational expertise.
Beginning a career in any field is exciting, but it can also be daunting and overwhelming. Not only are young professionals learning their jobs, technical skills and organizational savvy, many are also experiencing how to navigate personal finances, independent lifestyles and general life skills—all at the same time.
HYPE was formed to help our associates with this transition. Networking events bring together Avient’s Young Professionals in forums to build their networks among peers, so they learn, support and grow together during this time. Special “life skills” training sessions help HYPE participants in areas such as benefits enrollment and filing a personal tax return. In 2020, HYPE continued it's HYPE High 5 social community to share thought leadership and resources with young professionals in the organization. They covered topics such as student loans, transitioning to the workplace, and published interviews with senior leaders offering valuable career advice. They also hosted live webinars covering content su
“We connected with the HYPE audience to discuss key sustainability concepts and why they matter. We reviewed the environmental impacts of plastic compared to alternative materials, the 8 ways that Avient enables customers to reach their sustainability goals, and how every individual can contribute to creating a circular economy.”
Abby Conley, Marketing Associate
“Co-leading a virtual webinar for HYPE was a great way to engage associates in Sustainability while practicing my personal presenting skills. We facilitated an honest discussion about the benefits and challenges to plastic, and then introduced Avient’s strategy for creating a more sustainable world. ”
Michaela Cunningham, Marketing Communications Specialist, Sustainability
To become “the company of choice for all”
Create a community of young professionals across Avient, fueled by fellowship and professional development (to improve retention)
Community: foster a feeling of togetherness and support among YPs through social opportunities
Opportunity: inspire and enable YPs to a clear career path at Avient through professional development opportunities
Career path mapping
Networking, mentoring, shadowing
Programming—New Professional 101