HAYVN HYPE peer group for under 30's at HAYVN in Darien CT, Fairfield County CT

Are you under 30 and looking to grow your career or business, make connections and learn from your peers?

Network with Peers, plus Mentors. Join our monthly peer group in-person meetings at HAYVN from 6pm to 7:30pm.

Discover — LearnNetworkSupport — Be Inspired

HYPE is HAYVN’s Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs Group led by Leala Marlin, HAYVN Community Manager and Kat Gunya, from Digital Retail Partners. 

This group will bring young entrepreneurs and professionals together to support professional development and strategies for success in their business or their job.

Each meeting we will discuss ways to take your business or career to the next level with support from peers and industry experts.

5 Reasons to Join

  • Discover – Explore meeting topics that will impact your life and your career
  • Learn From Industry Experts – Learn from professionals and experts in a variety of industries
  • Build Your Network – Expand your network and be part of a like-minded young professional community!
  • Get Support – Work with a group of professionals to problem-solve and get feedback on career and business challenges
  • Get Inspired – Exchange ideas, solve problems and get inspired


  • HAYVN Members – Free (Junior Social Memberships available)
  • Non-Members – $20* per session.
  • Drinks and light appetizers will be provided

*Your admission fee can be applied as a credit towards a HAYVN Junior Social Membership ($45 p/month or $500 p/year)

Monthly Thursday’s Meeting Dates & Topics

  • Feb. 16, 2023 – Self-care through Mindfulness SIGN UP
  • Mar. 23, 2023 – Personal Finance
  • Apr. 20, 2023 – Job Searching/Skills/Internships
  • May 18, 2023 – Potluck and Team Building Exercises
  • June 15, 2023– Leadership Skills
  • July 20, 2023 – Summer Social – HYPE + Entrepreneurial Women’s Club
  • Sept. 21, 2023 – Charcuterie Board Making 
  • Oct. 19, 2023 – Women Power Talk
  • Dec. 14, 2023 – Holiday Social – HYPE + Entrepreneurial Women’s Club

About Leala Marlin and Kat Gunya

Katherine Gunya, Brand Ambassador at HAYVN in Darien, CT

Katherine Gunya graduated from University of St. Andrews with a bachelor of psychology, focusing the social foundations of morality. During her time there, she chaired committee positions with the Opera and Entrepreneurship Societies, wrote and edited for St.ART magazine, sang with the university’s semiprofessional opera company, and was a member of Women in Work. She currently works as the CRM & Marketing Coordinator for Digital Retail Partners, a D2C marketing and digital design agency. 

In her free time, Katherine can most often be found hiking, cooking, reading, or meditating.

Leala Marlin, Community Manager at HAYVN

Leala attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Electronic Media. During her time at UTK, she took on the roles of Director of Diversity Affairs, Student Government Association Secretary, Senator for the College of Communications, and feature writer for UT Torchlight. In addition to this involvement, she became actively engaged in her local community through volunteering. After graduating, she moved to Stamford, CT, where she began her career in property management. Leala has recently joined the HAYVN team as Community Manager where she hopes to use her experience to cultivate a welcoming and productive environment for everyone. In her spare time, Leala enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and the occasional Netflix binge!

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