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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

Calling all wine enthusiasts!

Please join PBKNCA Young Professionals for a wine-tasting event in the Sonoma Valley. We will be at a small family winery, Mayo Family Winery, on March 19th at 12 pm.

Address: 13101 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, CA 95442.

Please visit the link below for pricing,  further details, and registration (we only offer 30 spots for this event, so register early if you can!) We look forward to seeing you at our first wine-tasting event! 

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Non-alcoholic Event

Due to low interest, we will not be hosting a non-alcoholic alternative to the wine-tasting event. However, we may still host such an event in the future, so if you’re interested please make sure to let us know!

Past Events

36th Annual Asilomar!

At this year's 36th Annual Asilomar event, our Young Professional Co-Chairs, presented on all that we have been up to this past year, with a focus on the College Outreach and Mentorship Program! 

Register for the 37th Asilomar below!

YP Committee escape room event

Red Door Escape Room was a hit! A great way to bond as a committee - we escaped, just 10 minutes shy of the record time for this room. Go team! If you’d like to join YP committee team bonding events like this one and are interested in being on the committee, send us a DM!

Young Professionals Language Club, Sunday, February 5th. 2023. 10:00–10:45 a.m.

Language Club Recap: thanks to all who joined us Sunday morning for a bit of Language Club fun. Spanish and Mandarin were the most popular this time around. Stay tuned for an email and survey for future Language Club events and details. We hope to see you next time! 

Year-End Holiday Potluck Party

We hosted our year-end holiday potluck on Sunday, December 11th at 4PMIt was a wonderful holiday party to end the year 2022 - filled with food, games, drinks, music, friends, and more! 

Now that it is 2023, we want to wish you all a Happy New Year! Thank you for your support and attendance this past year as a Young Professional Phi Bete. We look forward to seeing all of you at this year's events, gatherings, and of course, the next holiday party!

We look forward to seeing all of you at this year's events, gatherings, and of course, the next holiday party! 

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                                                                                                                                                 

For more information and to sign up, please click the button below:

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. 

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