Erin Albert Guides Indy’s Young Professionals with Updated Edition
Erin Albert, assistant professor of pharmacy at Butler, has updated and expanded her book, Indianapolis: A Young Professional’s Guide, in a second edition published by AuthorHouse.
Like the 2008 first edition, the new Guide catalogs businesses and organizations that can connect readers with city services and people. The book’s 392 pages presents alphabetical listings of resources ranging from career development and green living to food, entertainment and dating.
“It answers questions of ‘Where do I go to get leadership training or be involved in philanthropy?’ to ‘Where do I go to just get a cup of coffee?’ ” Albert said.
She added information categories, such as law careers and outdoor recreation, in the second edition, as well as interviews with some young and some seasoned Indianapolis professionals, each associated with one of the book’s 40 topics. “We had the epiphany that it is the people — not the stuff — which makes a city great,” Albert said.
Although she didn’t realize it initially, six of her “experts” are Butler alumni. Featured Bulldogs include Albert ’94, plus
· Kate Shepherd ’93, communications and marketing director, Planned Parenthood of Indiana
· Andrea Crawford ’04 , producer, Grow Indiana Media Ventures
· Sarah Fisher (attended Butler), professional race car driver and team owner, Sarah Fisher Racing
· Morgan Greenlee ’07, public relations and marketing manager, Conrad Indianapolis Hotel
· Julie Schrader ’01, MBA ’08, manager of employer development, Office of Internship
s and Career Services, Butler University
Schrader’s interview focuses on career advancement for young professionals. She mentions her office’s Summer Brain Gain program, an effort funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. that encourages Butler students to secure summer internships in Indianapolis, while providing subsidized on-campus housing and exposure to the city’s cultural and social life. Schrader also discusses finding your best fit in graduate programs.
Many of the interview subjects described Indianapolis as “a big city with a small town feel,” Albert said. “To them, it was a plus that they could go somewhere in Indianapolis and run into people they know while meeting others with similar interests.”
The Guide’s first edition content needed updating, Albert said, because of recent dramatic changes in the economy. “Many businesses were closing and opening.”
The situation offers plentiful opportunity for those willing to claim it, Albert said. “I am passionate about seeing those who want to become entrepreneurs have that chance in Indy.” One chart in the second edition lists more than 50 Indianapolis sources of support throughout the life of a business. Albert believes it is the first such gathering of this information in one reference.
“Young people are a key, phenomenally valuable asset to any city,” she said. “It is critical that we as a city make [Indianapolis] as user friendly as possible for our young professionals.”
This is the fifth book Albert has written, and she is already working on the third edition of Indianapolis: A Young Professional’s Guide. She said it will be published in 2011 or 2012, depending on when she completes another upcoming challenge, taking the legal bar exam.
Indianapolis: A Young Professional’s Guide, Second Edition is available through amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, authorhouse.com and erinalbert.com.
Contact: Mary Ellen Stephenson
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