Networking made easy starting a young members group

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Networking made easy starting a young members group

  1. 1. Networking Made Easy Starting a Young Professionals Group at Your Local Section Presented by Wendy Young
  2. 2. Why Network?l Majority of people will work for more than one company during careerl “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”l Keep up-to-date on industry happenings Easy way to network is by participating in local AIChE section activities Meet your peers by starting Young Members group; especially if moving to new location where don’t know anyone
  3. 3. Where Is My Local Section?l http://students.aiche.org/connect/l AIChE ProjectConnect Programl Local Section Map http://www.aiche.org/sections/ ProjectConnect: submit after-graduation contact info; program contacts local section; local section contacts you Map: do-it-yourself
  4. 4. First Stepsl Get “buy-in” from AIChE local section officersl Build contact listl Invite potentials & request event ideasl Obtain fundingl Form planning committee Contacts: sign-up sheet at section meetings; word-of-mouth; National member database available Invite: through e-mail, sign-up sheet, webpage Funding: attract people by providing free entertainment; obtain funding through local section budget and ProjectConnect grants Plan events: ask for volunteers to help
  5. 5. Possible Activitiesl Happy hoursl Pool & video games (Dave & Buster’s)l Sporting eventsl Tours of local attractionsl Technical topics Happy hours: also meet for drinks after regular section dinner meetings Sporting events: baseball, hockey, football, basketball Tours in your area: Houston examples -- St. Arnolds’s Brewery; Budweiser; Blue Bell ice cream Technical: company provides food & speaker; company gets to present their services; attendees get free dinner and learn services available to them for their work
  6. 6. South Texas Section GroupStarted January 2002. Over 60 members now. Both social & technical meetings with success
  7. 7. Future Questionsl E-mail: ypab@aiche.orgl Website: www.aiche.org/ypab

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