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  • 1. Networking Made Easy Starting a Young Professionals Group at Your Local Section Presented by Wendy Young
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. South Texas Section GroupStarted January 2002. Over 60 members now. Both social & technical meetings with success
  • 7. Future Questionsl E-mail: ypab@aiche.orgl Website: www.aiche.org/ypab