AYPNArkansas Young Professionals Network
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How different would Nate's article have been if the board of AYPN had done any of those things?
Instead, the men left on the board (and all remaining voting members are male, despite the obfuscation they attempted in an e-mail sent to AYPN members) apparently decided that they simply need not respond to the revelations of flaming liberals like Rutherford and Arkansas Times Editor Max Brantley.
As I told the officer, AYPN might have responded to the original e-mail leaks far more productively had it had more diversity of thought on its board of directors to begin with.
I am not personally acquainted with any of the current AYPN board members, and I surely don't fall into the "young professional" category, so my interest in this has been purely journalistic.
I do hope that AYPN survives this unfortunate episode and thrives in the future.
Although there is no official age limit for AYPN membership, most members range from their early 20s to their mid-30s.
AYPN began in 2003 with the primary mission of keeping young, talented professionals in Arkansas to serve as the future executives of the state.
The e-mails surfaced on local blogs the same day AYPN announced its biggest project to date: free wireless Internet service in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock.
I think we should ask her to hold [news about the launch] until we do the full release," according to an e-mail from Shelton, referring to Elizabeth Bowles, president of Aristotle, who worked with AYPN on the project.
The connections between AYPN and the Arkansas Young Republicans run deep.
David Fort, who was executive director of AYPN in its first two full years of existence (2004-05), is the current chairman of the Arkansas Federation of Young Republicans.
There's no denying the crossover, but from an AYPN standpoint, we certainly want to be an apolitical organization.