Networking Beyond Boundaries

March 31, 2011 – Toronto Board of Trade

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This pilot event was jointly developed and organized by seven professional immigrant networks and employee resource groups at top companies. It was the first time ever that the organizations worked together, marking the beginning of stronger relationships between them. This event serves as an effective model of how networks and employee resource groups can work collaboratively for the benefit of their members.

Over 200 people participated in the event.

  • 95% of evaluation respondents said that what they learned can help them in their career growth.
  • 97% of evaluation respondents said networking with other groups was useful.

The organizing committee included representatives from:

The keynote speaker, Dr. Wendy Cukier, Founder, Diversity Institute, shared a presentation on “The Unspoken Rules: Making Networking Work for You.” This presentation highlights the importance of networking in career development.

To network effectively:

  • Create a good first impression
  • Prepare an elevator speech
  • Prepare for the encounter:
    • What is the purpose of the meeting
    • People generally find people interesting who are interested in them;
    • Whom do you want to meet and why
  • Must be a two-way process:
    • Give back to others
    • “What can I do for you?”
  • At the meeting: close with “How can I help you?”
  • Follow up
    • Thank you within 24 hours
    • Create “reason” for 30 day follow-up

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