We also launched HYPE (Harnessing Young Professional Energy) in 2018, which is building a collaborative network of Avient’s young professionals, eager to innovate and impact our company with the support of cross- generational expertise.
HYPE was formed to help our associates with the transition of beginning a career at Avient. Networking events bring together Avient’s young professionals in forums to build their networks among peers, so they learn, support and grow together during this time. For young professionals seeking visibility at higher levels of the company, HYPE provides opportunities for associates to learn from experienced professionals and gain insights into business strategies.
In 2021, HYPE hosted “life skills” training sessions educate HYPE participants in areas such as benefits enrollment and filing a personal tax return. HYPE continued to sponsor it’s “High 5” engagements as an alternate way to connect associates throughout the organization on topics of sustainability, safety and professional development. HYPE also hosted a series of webinars with learnings aimed to increase business acumen, educating associates on the breadth of products Avient offers and breaking down the company’s structure to provide tangible examples of how our business segments collaborate to support the customer and drive business.
HYPE expanded to EMEA in 2021 with an ambassador program and creation of an on-line group for young professionals to connect across the region.
“Being involved with HYPE has been a very rewarding experience. I have been able to improve my own communication, leadership and organizational skills while connecting with many different associates across Avient.”
Kaylee Donegan, Digital Marketing Specialist, Digital Insights, Corporate Marketing
To become “the company of choice for all”
Create a community of young professionals across Avient, fueled by fellowship and professional development (to improve retention)
Community: Foster a feeling of togetherness and support among YPs through social opportunities
Opportunity: Inspire and enable YPs to a clear career path at Avient through professional development opportunities
Career path mapping
Networking, mentoring, shadowing
Programming—New Professional 101