On June 30th, members of Net Impact gathered for our ninth annual Speed Networking Event. The event is a great chance for current NIB members to hear from a diverse group of speakers about some of the best ways to prepare for, find, and – in some cases, create – a career in the impact space. Attendees gathered at Impact Hub in downtown Boston to start the evening with food, drinks, and conversation. After a brief introduction, the six VIPs broke into rotating small table groups with attendees to give everyone a chance to ask questions and hear more about the challenges and successes they had encountered in their varying careers.
Even given the range of speakers, none of our VIPs had followed a “traditional” or “typical” career path (although these days, few people do!). However, a few key themes emerged from the evening and attendees were able to walk away with some valuable advice in addition to the chance to learn about a few of the many different paths the VIPs had forged to get to the point of an impactful career.
- Take time to learn the skills that will help you be successful in what you want to do, even if that means taking a different direction when starting out.
- Wherever you end up, make sure you are always learning, whether in your own role or from your colleagues.
- Learn to see things from all perspectives, which will give credibility to your arguments and help you become an effective negotiator in the future!
The evening concluded with time for more snacks, drinks, and business cards! We hope these valuable connections continue on in the future, and we hope, of course, to see everyone at future Net Impact Boston events!
Up next…the annual Call to Leadership Happy Hour! Join us at Tavern in the Square to learn more about joining the Net Impact Boston leadership team.