Networking can be difficult. We are all constantly glued to our gadgets and many of us have forgotten how to talk to one another, let alone connect. Given the importance of face-to-face communication, it is amazing that so many people rely predominantly on technology for their networking activities.
These days, there is no shortage of books, articles, websites or podcasts that focus on teaching us how to prioritize our health and wellness. What is missing from this wellness discourse is how important it is for us all to focus on the company that we keep - our personal and professional networking relationships - and how critical it is for us to spend purposeful time and energy building and maintaining the relationships that matter.
In this breakfast talk, Megan Burke Roudebush (Founder, keepwith) will offer practical advice regarding networking best practices, pitfalls to avoid and the importance of putting deliberate strategy behind your networking efforts. Attendees will come away with new perspective on the breadth and depth of their networks and practical (sometimes "outside the box") tips for building and maintaining a strong network.
The session will include an interactive exercise designed to help attendees think more broadly and deeply about their networks and their networking activities.
Megan Burke Roudebush is the founder of keepwith, a networking advisory company (www.keepwith.com).
Megan values authentic relationship building above all else.
She understands the importance of deliberately choosing one’s key advisors and building and maintaining strong and authentic, reciprocal relationships. She finds great joy in helping people to network better. Megan has spoken to an array of audiences about networking well. She has the perspective of having worked at professional service firms and understanding the critical role that networking plays in business development. She has also written articles on networking topics.
Professionally, Megan is a financial services industry leader focused on regulatory compliance. She received her BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Bryn Mawr College and her JD/MBA from Albany Law School and Union Graduate College. Megan is engaged with the Executives’ Club of Chicago, previously served on the Guild Board at the Lyric Opera and sits on the Board of the Bryn Mawr College Chicago Club. She is a member of the Ethics & Compliance Initiative and the National Society of Compliance Professionals. Megan enjoys volunteering, mentoring and, most of all, networking well. She prioritizes exercise and wellness. She is originally from New York City.
A few little known facts about Megan: she has taught poetry writing classes in juvenile detention centers, interviewed many notable individuals as a reporter and editor of the Children’s Express News Service while growing up (including Janet Reno, Amy Tan and Bella Abzug); in college she produced a multi-media documentary about the impact of cleft lip and palate surgery on patients in China for Operation Smile and in law school, she coached an ice hockey team comprised of young people with special needs. Her recent successes include Co-Chairing the Lyric Opera’s inaugural Family Day event in April 2018.
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