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!  

Lastly, we are looking for volunteers to join our committee. Please feel free to reach out to us if you are interested or simply just want to have a chat. 

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Upcoming Events

Full information and registration is here Vaccination card will be required. Masks are optional.

Parklab Gardens-Bungalow:  Enjoy free food and drink with us, Sunday, August 14, 2022.

Calling all Young Professionals! We're hosting our first in-person event in a while, on August 14th in San Francisco. FREE food and drinks will be provided, as well as great opportunities to connect with other PBKNCA Young Professionals in the area. 

Key Connections - 2022 :  “Let’s Chat About Your Career Journey”, October 16th, 2022.

Full information and registration is here

Join us to network with experienced PBKNCA professionals! 

Calling all Young Professionals,

This year, Phi Beta Kappa National will hold the annual virtual Key Connections event in September to serve as a kick-off for many regional Key Connections events.

Following National's event, PBKNCA YP, will host our annual virtual Key Connections event, "Let's Chat About Your Career Journey", on October 16th, 3 p.m. PDT. The theme of this event will be NETWORKING! 

The virtual event will be held over Zoom and the duration of the event will be 1 hour and 10 minutes. There will be two guest speakers, Ka-Tye Koo and Dr. Tina Etcheverry. 

They will speak for the first 40 minutes of the event to share their personal and professional stories, as well as their career advice. During the last 20 minutes of the event, each attendee will be assigned to a breakout room based on their specified professional interests.

Date: October 16th, 2022

Time: 3 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.

Location: We will send the Zoom link in October

Maximum: 100

Registration Deadline: October 1st, 2022

Fee: Free to all PBKNCA YP members

To maximize your experience, please specify your industry preference when you register for the event. If your industry preference is neither Biotech nor Finance, there will be break out rooms for additional industries, as well.

Past Events

Meet us for a hike in San Francisco!

We'll be meeting at the Lovers' Lane trail head at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 5, 2022. Please RSVP so we know how many people to plan for, and reach out if you have any questions. It is a good idea to bring water for our hike! We also require that all attendees at PBKNCA Young Professional events be fully vaccinated (this includes a booster shot).

Delicious dinner at Uno Dos Tacos in San Francisco

We are happy to share that we are hosting another in-person event this fall! We will be meeting for a delicious dinner at Uno Dos Tacos in San Francisco. This is a great venue to meet young PBKs around the Bay Area and enjoy a fun evening in the city!

We'll be meeting at Uno Dos Tacos at 6:00 PM on Saturday, November 13, 2021. Please RSVP so we know how many people to plan for, and reach out if you have any questions. Please bring money for dinner. We also require that all attendees at PBKNCA Young Professional events be fully vaccinated.

We are excited to share details of our first in-person event! We will be going on a short hike in San Francisco and then getting lunch nearby. The event is free, but please bring money for lunch and a water bottle for the hike.

We'll be meeting at the Edgewood Trailhead of Mt. Sutro Open Space at noon on Saturday, July 10. After a quick 45 minute hike, we'll grab lunch together in the nearby Inner Sunset district. Please RSVP so we know how many people to plan for, and reach out if you have any questions.

In keeping with CDC guidelines, we request that anyone who is not fully vaccinated please wear a mask when not able to stay socially distanced. Everyone is welcome to wear masks at any time if you feel more comfortable.

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?" Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2021. 6:00–7:00 p.m.

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. 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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