Phi Beta Kappa

Northern California Association

Young Professionals: Initiation in PBK to 40

Introducing the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association’s Young Professionals!

Whitney Roeder and Joy Wang
Young Professionals Co-Chairs



Whitney Roeder

From: Lincoln, Nebraska

University of California, Berkeley

Class of 2022

PBK Initiation: 2022

I was in the Marine Corps!!

Semper Fi!


Joy Wang

From: Ningbo, China

University of Virginia

Class of 2021

PBK Initiation: 2021

I love rapping!

Why us: 

We’ve connected with each other many times early this year and in doing so we realized that we both have the same passion and ambition to contribute to the organization and get members better connected.  

Coming from diverse backgrounds, we really understand how empathy plays a big role in every team and organization. We see the importance of emphasizing on the humanity of our fellow Phi Beta Kappa members as we do our best to build long lasting connections. Thus, we look forward to getting to know you more, EACH of you, through our upcoming events and future interactions. During and after college, both of us successfully organized numerous events, which has made us experienced event planners. We believe that with our interpersonal skills, passion, and dedication to the association, we will carry over the excellency and lead the organization into greater connection and meaning for us all as we celebrate our championship.

We will continue organizing high-quality and diverse events to get our members engaged in different ways. Looking forward to your participation!  

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Upcoming Events

Year-End Holiday Potluck Party

Join us for our year-end holiday potluck Sunday, December 11th at 4PM!

The theme this year is ugly sweaters. Connect with your fellow PBK NorCal Young Professionals for fun, food, and fabulously bad holiday fashion.

The event will take place at 6350 Christie Ave, Emeryville, CA 94608. This location is accessible on AC Transit’s 29 and 36 bus lines. There is also plenty of street parking available.

RSVP for the event here 

We ask that you either sign up to bring food or pay $13 at the door.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Past Events

PBKNCA YP Mentorship Program Kickoff

We hosted the kickoff event for our mentorship program virtually on October 26th, 2022, 7:30 p.m. PDT.

This kick-off provided more details about the mentorship program, explain what PBKNCA YP expects of our mentors and mentees, and to allow you to network with your fellow Phi Betes.

This event was held over Zoom and had a great turnout!

Key Connections - 2022 :  “Let’s Chat About Your Career Journey”

We hosted our annual virtual Key Connections event, "Let's Chat About Your Career Journey", on October 16th, 2022, 3 p.m. PDT. The theme of this event was NETWORKING.

The virtual event was held over Zoom and the duration of the event was 1 hour and 10 minutes. Shout out to our two guest speakers from Finance and Biotech Industries, Ka-Tye Koo and Dr. Tina Etcheverry, for sharing their great personal stories and professional advice with our Young Professionals!

During the last 20 minutes of the event, each attendee was assigned to a breakout room based on their specified professional interests.

September in-person event: a hike in Oakland!

On September 25th, we spent the morning exploring the Oakland Hills and meeting fellow Phi Betes. The hiking started at 8am and ended around 9:15am. The event turned out great. Thank you everyone for coming! 

Location: Roberts Regional Recreation Area                                                                                                                                                 

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August in-person social event: Parklab Gardens-Bungalow 

We hosted our first in-person event in a while, on August 14th, 2022, in San Francisco. The event was a huge success! More than 40 members showed up and had fun. During the event, free food and drinks were provided, and Phi Betes connected with other PBKNCA Young Professionals in the area.

Thank you all for coming and we hope to see all of our YP members at our next event. If you would like to see more pictures from the event, please reach out to either Joy or Whitney. 

Delicious dinner at Uno Dos Tacos in San Francisco

We hosted another in-person event in the fall of 2021! We met for a delicious dinner at Uno Dos Tacos in San Francisco. This was a great venue to meet young PBKs around the Bay Area and enjoy a fun evening in the city!

We met at Uno Dos Tacos at 6:00 PM on Saturday, November 13, 2021. 

Hike in San Francisco

We went for a short hike in San Francisco and then got lunch nearby on  Saturday, July 10, 2021.

We met at the Edgewood Trailhead of Mt. Sutro Open Space at noon. After a quick 45-minute hike, we grabbed lunch together in the nearby Inner Sunset district. 

Young Professionals Happy Hour: Halloween Edition, Thursday, Oct. 29. 2021, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Come join fellow Phi Beta Kappa members at a Halloween-themed virtual happy hour. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

To RSVP, please sign up on the event page. Feel free to bring a drink of choice and a smile! :)

Panel Discussion: "What Are Some of Our Younger Members Up To In Their Lives?" 

Wesley Park, Leslie Marie Brownlee and Claire Coleman are up to some very interesting things during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health, academia, and local government, as well as how they are responding to these unique challenges in their personal and professional lives, on Oct. 21, 2021. 6 p.m. This program will be an exciting opportunity for all PBKNCA members who want to learn about the lives and careers of young Phi Betes during this unprecedented time. Phi Beta Kappa, Northern California Association is hosting a Zoom panel discussion about young professionals and their careers.

Young Professionals Happy Hour, Wednesday, September 16. 2021. 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Come join fellow Phi Beta Kappa members at a virtual happy hour where you'll have the opportunity to meet new PBK friends through introductions and icebreakers. To RSVP, please sign up on the event page. Feel free to bring a drink of choice and a smile! :)

Please note: the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California book club is meeting at 7:30 p.m.—feel free to come by the virtual happy hour before joining the book club! E-mail O'Neil Dillon at if you'd like more information. This month's book is The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. Image credit: Hans Vivek

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