ULN Young Professionals

The ULN Young Professionals is a volunteer auxiliary group of the Urban League of Nebraska. We provide our members opportunities (1) for leadership and professional development, (2) to engage the community and (3) to support the overall mission of the Urban League of Nebraska.

Our Focus

The ULN Young Professionals focus on:

  • Networking for YPs of color.
  • Professional and leadership development training for YPs of color.
  • Promoting YPs of color for leadership positions in the community.
  • Youth development and mentoring.

We accomplish these things with guidance from our dedicated leadership and through our tireless committees:

2018 Leadership Team

Malinda Starr Sapp

Wealth Management Advisor

Northwestern Mutual


Email: malindastarr@gmail.com

Luper Akough

Vice President

Farm Bureau Financial Services


Email: luper.akough@fbfs.com

Johnny Nesbit


First National Bank of Omaha


Email: jnesbit2@gmail.com

Ndu Kowa


Women’s Fund of Omaha


Email: nkowa@unomaha.edu

Alisa Moore


Nelson Mandela Elementary


Email: amoore@omandela.org


Committees ensure the needs of our members are being met. Members are encouraged to participate in at least one committee. Click on the committee name to learn more.

Serve as a sounding board for individual and collective action to identify and address issues of public concern, locally and beyond. | CHAIRS: Jasmine Harris, Defy Ventures and Morgann Freeman
Identify and organize opportunities for ULN YPs to effectively donate time and energy toward the betterment of our community. This is accomplished by supporting the programs and services of the Urban League of Nebraska and other like-minded organizations. | CHAIRS: Brittanie Akoug and Dawaune Hayes, Union for Contemporary Art
Expand the reach of the ULN YPs by improving member recruitment and retention and creating an environment open to the ideas of all members. | CHAIR: Ndu Kowa, Women's Fund of Omaha
Enhance the leadership abilities, creativity, and interests of members by creating opportunities for personal and professional growth through collaboration, the sharing of information, and events. | CHAIRS: Larissa Sanon, Creighton University and Tania Irwin
Promote ULN YP activities and serve as liaison to Greater Omaha. | CHAIRS: Ashley Rae Turner, Borsheims and Lindsay Lee
Create opportunities for social engagement within the ULN YP membership and with external organizations while identifying opportunities for fund development. | CHAIRS: Anthony Smith and Tamika Mease, Signature Performance


The annual membership fee for the ULN Young Professionals is $50, and membership is open to any person from age 21 to 39 and from any career. Members receive the following benefits:

  • Membership in the Urban League of Nebraska Young Professionals.
  • General membership in the Urban League of Nebraska.
  • Voting privileges at ULN YP general meetings.
  • Leadership and professional development training.
  • Access to professional mentors and coaches.
  • Invitations to YP activities and special events.
  • Invitations to National Urban League and Urban League of Nebraska events.
  • A membership card and Urban League lapel pin.
  • Opportunities to make a real impact in our community!

Meetings & Events

The ULN Young Professionals hold general membership meetings on the first Monday of every month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Networking takes place 5:30 and 6 p.m. and the business meeting/program begins at 6 p.m. Meetings are typically held at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center on the University of Nebraska-Omaha campus, 6001 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68182.

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For more information, send inquiries to yp@urbanleagueneb.org.