Networking: Invest in Yourself
Whether you are an experienced employee or a newbie, fresh in the job market, networking is crucial to shaping your future. The key to networking, however, is to contribute. Similar to your bank account: if you don’t put money into your account, you’ll get nothing out. Networking is all about building relationships and connecting with others. It’s helping to create a bridge that webs off into many directions when done right. Networking isn’t going to get you a job, but it will help you create connections that can open doors, increase sales opportunities, and grow your customer base.
Every industry has a networking opportunity. We’ve highlighted a few that take place in our area and encourage you to try out as many as you want. The relationships you build and cultivate will help you get introduced to opportunities that can help define your future.
Network After Work: https://www.networkafterwork.com/
Founded in 2009 by Samantha Ballenger and James Miller, Network After Work uses hip local venues for their events. Attendees have a relaxed, fun atmosphere in which to collaborate and build their network. Network After Work hosts events in over 80 cities throughout the country where individuals can discuss industry and career related topics while expanding their base.
Network Under 40: https://networkunder40.com/
In 2011, Founder Darrah Brustein kicked off the first Network Under 40 event in Atlanta. The networking group continues to grow and in 2015 expanded into the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. The organization is ideal for young professionals to build rapport and grow their foundation. The concept behind Network Under 40 is to connect where business and friendship intersect. If you want a great group of professionals to help motivate and influence your career, this is the place to be.
Success in the City: https://www.successinthecity.org/
Cynthia de Lorenzi and her team consisting of CEO Caroline Alexander and advisors Kristie Whites and Elijah Whites bring women together to build a foundation of networking and support through mentoring, peer-to-peer lending, and technology. The group connects women looking to elevate their career with collaboration, pop up events, resources and technology solutions to drive success.
The District of Columbia chapter of the American Marketing Association is the third largest chapter in the AMA organization. AMADC connects career driven people in D.C. with marketing resources that enable people to build on leadership and management skills, interact with local marketers, and unite industries in order to expand and shape local networks. With over 800 members representing 400 organizations, marketing professionals gain valuable insight into trends, cultures, success-stories, and mentoring opportunities.
Networking isn’t just sitting in a stuffy conference room anymore. iBlack engages black professionals with unique, fun events dedicated to connecting professionals across the DMV area. Founded in 2013 by Mike Ray, iBlack offers events that center around community service, social aspects, business success, and spirituality. These 4 pillars build the foundation that strengthens professional relationships and local community networks. With nearly 20 events every month and various themes, black professionals have numerous opportunities to network with like-minded people.
With such a wide range of networking opportunities available in the DMV area, you can uncover a world of industry experts, mentoring opportunities, and business collaboration that will help you grow both professionally and individually. Put into your networking events what you expect to get out of it and your return on your investment will exceed your expectations.