Young Overseas Chinese Association

Together, we make it better

About Us

Witnessing the shift in demographics of Chinese population overseas and the young professional’s current needs in the U.S., Young Overseas Chinese Association (YOCA) was founded in 2013 with the objective of serving and addressing the needs of young Chinese professionals, particularly in the Greater Chicago Area.

Board of Directors

Volunteer Program Chair
Social Event Co-Chair
Social Event Chair
Business Event Co-Chair

What We Do

Happy Hour

Leave your work behind; keep the ties and heels on. Join us at some of the most exclusive lounges in Chicago for a glass of cocktail or a glass of red wine. Good conversation and new friendship. Guaranteed.

Professional Development

Engage mid-career professionals to contribute their time and expertise to support Professional Development. The goal is to attract business executives who can volunteer their expertise and talent to the soon-to-be young professionals. 

Mentorship Program

Provide high-quality career planning advice best tailored to the needs of young oversea Chinese students and professionals. We invite high-caliber mentors with solid work experiences in a variety of industries to the program. View details


Future Event




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Past Events

Business Panel Discussion: Navigate the Corporate World
June 2017 @ IIT
best consumer stocks of 2017
March 2017 @ IIT
Dr. Scholl Foundation Seminar
Dec 2016 @ chicago council
Career Advancement Panel
Jan 2016 @ UC
Marketing Mock Interview
Aug 2016 @ IIT
Returnees Career Development Seminar
May 2016 @ IBM Chicago Office
Big Data Analytics Panel
March 2016 @ IIT
Accounting Mock Interview
September 2016 @ Kent College
Relationship Management
Nov 2015 @ IIT
Marketing Industry Panel
Feb 2016 @ IIT
Career development
Aug 2015 @ IIT
Finance Panel
Oct 2015 @ UIC student center
Accounting Panel
Oct 2015 @ IIT
YOCA Consulting Panel
June 2015 @ Chicago Booth
Mentors Appreciation
March 2015 @ Old Crow Smokehouse
Accounting Roundtable
Sept 2014 @ DePaul University
Finance Roundtable
Sept 2014 @ DePaul University
Summer Mixer
Aug 2014 @ Henry's Swing Club
Career Roundtable-Tech
May 2014 @ Northwestern University
Marketing Roundtable
May 2014 @Northwestern University
Mentorship Celebration
April 2014 @ Emporio Armani
World of Finance-Uncovered
April 2014 @ Wells Fargo
Meet Your Mentors
Feb 2014 @ Pazzo311
1920s Philanthropy Banquet
Nov 2013 @ Mars Gallery
Entrepreneurship Event
Nov 2013 @ Polsinelli
YOCA Website Launch
October 2013 @ Metropolitan Club
“My Lucky Star” Movie Party
Sept 2013 @ Pump Room
La Mer “Skin to Sea” Event
Sept 2013 @ Nordstrom
Rooftop Happy Hour
Aug 2013 @ J. Parker
OCEF & YOCA Charity Event
July 2013 @ Adagio Tea
Winning: 3 Essential Skills
July 2013 @ Polsinelli
Shanghai Odyssey
June 2013 @ Lao 18
The Great Gatsby Night
May 2013 @ Pump Room

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Yu Bai
Janice Fang
Iris Gao
Minne Huang
Ivy Li
Yueming Li
Yange Liang
Bingjie Luo
Liz Luo
Sixuan Tao
Junru Wang
Annie Wu
Xiaoji Wu
Yiheng Wu
Sihui Xiong
Yajie Yin
Wenqi Zhang
Shuaixi Zhang
Weihang Zhou
Jill Zhu

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