Calling all professional vinas!
Professional networking is essential for all career-oriented vinas, but finding events can be hard unless you’re ‘in the know.’ Since I began my career, I’ve had to search high and low for convenient and nearby events. Luckily, the internet is making it much easier. Here are some of my favorite websites for finding networking events in my area. The great thing about each of these sites? You can customize your search on all of them to find out what’s happening in your own city!
This site has something for everyone. Meetup specializes in creating groups in cities all over the globe that cover special interests, common hobbies, and industry-specific networking opportunities. Hop on their site and pop in your zip code – you can set your radius to be within two to 100 miles from your location, or further away to provide more options. The Career & Business section has so much to choose from. You might be pleasantly surprised at what you find happening in your neighborhood!
PRO TIP: If you’re traveling, put in the zip code of your destination and search for events to meet other professionals in your industry while you’re away on business or on vacation to expand your network even further.
Eventbrite is essentially a directory, geared toward marketing a wide variety of events in your area, from conferences to classes, business events, charity events, and so much more. Click “Browse Events” at the top of the website to take advantage of their filters. You can narrow down your search by selecting a category, event type, date, and price.
I found out about this website on Twitter when my career was growing and I went on a quest to follow women professionals. FemCity’s slogan is “Business For Your Soul,” and it was founded on the idea that professional women could meet monthly and assist each other with business ventures. It’s a great resource for women who are looking for more than just networking events – blogs, podcasts, courses, weekly newsletter, and tips on growing your business are just some of the things this site has to offer.
SIDE NOTE: don’t worry if your city isn’t on their list, you can bet it will be soon – they have been growing consistently since 2009. If you don’t want to wait for your city to be added, you can always launch one yourself.
Hit up your alma mater to find out if they have any upcoming networking opportunities on the calendar. You can catch up with professors, get introduced to others in your industry, and form new friendships with other graduates. You never know what may come from it! When I’ve attended events through my university after graduating, I’ve been invited back to speak to undergraduate classes about my professional journey. It’s a great feeling – continuing to build your network while paying it forward and helping upcoming grads begin building their own professional networks.
Yes, you read that right. Facebook can be a fantastic resource for local networking opportunities. Search for and join groups that align with your interests and career goals/initiatives and seek out events promoted by friends and co-workers in your network.
PRO TIP: If you’re going to use Facebook as a professional networking resource, just make sure your profile is locked down. Review your privacy settings before joining groups or accepting friend requests.
How do you find networking events in your area, ladies? Don’t be shy, let us know in the comments below!