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2017 Session | How to Build and Harness a Meaningful Network

Networking is no longer just schmoozing before or after hours at a handful of industry events, coffees or cocktail parties. In an always connected digital world with every platform literally at your fingertips, networking has become a 24/7 endeavor and a must-do if you want to set yourself apart from the rest. How do you cut through the noise and build meaningful connections that ultimately create a powerful network focused on YOUR unique needs? Attend this session and learn a modern roadmap to cultivate genuine, mutually beneficial and long lasting relationships that can help you achieve your goals no matter how big or small. Led by The Girl’ Lounge founder Shelley Zallis who created a one-of-a-kind destination for women to connect, this session will teach you how you can connect with others in a simple yet strategic way, and with small tangible adjustments to your daily schedule that will maximize your impact and time. Whether you are hoping to land your dream job or promotion, win a coveted account or successfully launch a new business, you will learn how to:

  • Connect with others and not clutter your schedule or hit dead-ends;
  • Synchronize your face-to-face networking efforts with your digital outreach;
  • Overcome anxiety and stage fright when mingling;
  • Make an “ask” that is mutually beneficial to both parties so the connection is a win-win; and
  • Stay focused on the right networking efforts for your situation (and without FOMO).

Thought Leader: Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient and creator, The Girls’ Lounge

⚬  Kelly Hoey, author, Build Your Dream Network and named one of the 100 most influential women on Twitter
⚬  Pinar Kip, EVP, global strategic operations, State Street Corporation
⚬  Jennifer Romolini, chief content officer,

Emcee: Shri Madhusudhan, vice president, property services, National Grid