by Max Brantley
Remember the Arkansas Young Professionals Network, a Little Rock group whose internal politics -- of the sexist Republican variety, judging by several e-mail -- got an unflattering airing here and elsewhere last year?
The AYPN is no more, reports Blake's Think Tank. Its mission will be reborn under the umbrella of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and a new name, Emerging Professionals has been suggested.
UPDATE: Oops. No good deed goes unpunished. An effort to rebrand and reinvigorate the group of young professionals will cause offense if it chooses that Emerging Professionals name, because it happens to be similar to that used for a group sponsored by a leading local feminist organization, the Women's Foundation of Arkansas. Read on for a letter to the chamber from the leader of that organization.
I received this heads up yesterday and wanted to make sure that the folks at the Chamber understand that the Women's Foundation of Arkansas has been operating a program entitled "Emerging Leaders" for almost a year that has been extremely well-publicized. If you proceed with a name so close to what the community already has embraced as a very strong, pro-women leadership initiative, you will receive several inquiries as to why you selected a name so similar for the re-organization of a program that has received considerable criticism for its positions on women's empowerment.