Networking Events

Job Search/Networking Events week of November 29

To help provide as much information as possible for job seekers in the Kansas City area, we will attempt to list networking events, career fairs, classes, job search workshops, etc. on this blog. Below are the events/meetings for the week of November 29. As always, if you know about other career fairs, meetingss or events that would benefit job seekers, please send a note to Thank you.

Tuesday, November 30:

The Job Radio Show

Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am

This week’s guest: Denise Mills

Topic: Networking: A Different Perspective

▪ Gain a new perspective on networking and its role in your career transition

▪ Learn practical ideas and tips for practical and purposeful networking

▪ Develop your story for personal marketing and branding

Listen live on 102.9 FM or 1140 AM.

Listen to Podcast of Show

The Job Radio Show website


New Landings Coaching Opportunity

What: Working in groups of six or less, you will receive personalized strategies, tools, support, and accountability to create sustainable change and help with problem-solving and goal-setting for career transition. Normally priced at $125 an hour, you receive 90 minutes for only $35 per person.

Center for Spiritual Living
1306 West 39th Street
Kansas City, MO
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Please Note: Ring the buzzer when you arrive and the coach will let you in.

Time: 1:00 – 2:30pm on Tuesday

To register: email

Questions? Go to or call Debra Hayes (913.269.3634)


Eliminate the Pink Slip – Invest in a Better Future Webinar

What: More than ever before, Americans are seeking the control, independence, lifestyle, and financial rewards that can be achieved through business ownership vs. relying on the traditional job market. Many mid to late career professionals are looking to reinvent their careers, and they have the experience & skills to be successfully self-employed.

Our guest speaker (an expert in financing small businesses) will:
• Help separate fact from fiction in the current lending market
• Provide an overview of lending options
• Outline the criteria used by banks for small busienss or SBA loans
• Profide a detailed exploration on using retirement funds to capitalize a business – without paying taxes and/or penalties
• Review when to consider leasing equipment to lower up-front costs & take advantage of current tax laws
• Review total initial investment required (and how it differs from the price tag of the business or the franchise fee)

Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm CST



Wednesday, December 1

AAF-KC Wednesday Acceleration: Community Manager Panel

Who: AAF-KC promotes the future of advertising, marketing and communications in the greater Kansas City area. Their membership base is over 600 members.

Kansas City Cafe
1532 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 7:30 – 9:00am

7:30am Networking & Optional Breakfast
8:00am Presentation

Panel Speakers: Leigh Mutert from H&R Block, Jessica Wilson from Assessment Technologies Institute, and Patrick Padley from Nicholson Kovac

The panel speakers will explain what the role of a Social Media Community Manager is, including:

  • What they measure
  • How they are measured as Social Media Experts
  • Examples of what has worked well and what hasn’t
  • The importance of Social Media to their brands
  • How much support and buy-in they get from their brands

Cost: Non-members pre-register online for $5.00 (must register by noon on Nov. 30), Walk-up registration $7.00.

Register Online and Get More Information


Internet Marketing and Social Media Meetup Group

Toad’s Pub & Perk
12056 W 135th Street
NW Corner of 135th & Quivera
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 9:00am – 10:30 am

Networking group consisting of business professionals who share their ideas and expertise in regard to marketing products or services over the Internet using social media marketing strategies.

Free to attend

RSVP and More Information


Transitioning Professionals of Kansas City Metro Weekly Meeting

Who We Are: For professionals in an employment transition, using the job search techniques from the facilitators’ book: “A Road Map To Re-Employment – 12 Steps To A Successful Career Transition”

Devry University
LeValley Conference Room
11224 Holmes Road
Kansas City, Mo
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Parking Instructions:

Park anywhere around the building.  If you enter the front doors (that face Holmes), turn right and go all the way down to the end of the hall.  The room is on the right.  The room is typically cool – bring a jacket.  Seating is limited to the first 25 people.

Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Dress Attire: Business Casual

Topic: Financial Tips – Intro to Transitioning Professionals & Linked-In Group

Meeting Agenda:

Pre-Meeting Networking
Roundtable Discussion (45 Minutes)
Employment Workshop (45 Minutes)
Accountability Reporting (30 Minutes)

Meeting Info


Overland Park Job Fair

Holiday Inn
8787 Reeder Road
Overland Park, KS 66214
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Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Admission and parking is FREE.

Register to see companies participating


Kansas City OnlineR Community December Networking Event

What: Opportunity to mingle with professionals and hear from a guest speaker.

The Power and Light Grill
417 E. 13th Street
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 5:30 – 7pm

Guest speaker: Rich Zvosec

We will have “Coach Z”, as our guest speaker! A talented speaker, a brilliant coach and motivator, Coach Z will spin tales of what happens on the basketball court, inside the locker room and perhaps even some tales from the recruiting trail!

Do not miss this event! We can only have 99 people at this event, and therefore RSVP list will be our TOTAL guest list.

RSVP for Event


New Landings Weekly Meeting

Who We Are: New Landings is a non-profit organziation dedicated to the economic recovery of America’s middle class. New Landings empowers individuals to create and engage in meaningful work by providing resources and new avenues to showcase their skills. We provide a holistic approach to job recovery by stabilizing, energizing and mobilizing our members to condense the transition time to economic growth.

Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church
9300 Nall Avenue
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Dress Attire: Business Casual

Speaker: Dean Long

Topic: Who Am I Now?”

Business and career coach Dean Long will share his personal story of two career changes, and his associated professional growth and evolvement.  Dean’s intention is that his story will provoke lessons learned from each of your own professional journeys.  He’ll also help you identify “roadblocks” that may be preventing you from living out your true personal identity, to help you each answer, “Who Am I Now?”.  Finally, he’ll share with you his “Chain of Change”, as it applies to the process of how he coaches his clients.

Speaker Bio:

Upon obtaining his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1978, Dean spent 14 years in the consulting engineering industry, predominately in management, the last three years of which he served as a branch manager for offices in both the Kansas City and Chicago areas.  Following a career change in 1992, Dean became a Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley, where he developed and grew his own financial services practice over the next 15 years.  In 2007, Dean embarked upon his third career by obtaining his certified coach training from CoachU, and began his current practice as a business and career coach.

Through his coaching practice, Coach-to-Success, L.L.C., Dean partners with individuals and organizations in helping them attain greater success and fulfillment in their lives, both personally and professionally. Through his one-on-one coaching sessions, he guides his clients in realizing and implementing actions needed in order to realize a vision that they have for themselves and their organizations.

Dean is an active member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), the world’s largest organization and community of professional business and life coaches.  For 2010, he is President of the local ICF chapter, Heartland Coaches Association.  In 2009, he served as President of SHBC – Small and Home Business Connection, a local networking and educational organization of small business owners and sales representatives.


Thursday, December 2

Olathe Chamber Coffee meeting (open to job seekers to attend for free)

Location this week:
The Great Mall of the Great Plains
20070 West 151st Street
Olathe, KS
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Time: 9:00 am

Opportunity to mingle with Olathe area business owners and network to your next job.

The Olathe Chamber of Commerce is taking steps to help connect job seekers and employers who are hiring. To that end, the Chamber is doing the following in a program initiated by the Chairman´s Liaison Committee:

  • Providing networking opportunities at Chamber coffees at a special sign-up area so job hunters and employers can meet.
  • Accepting resumes of those seeking jobs, placing them in categorized binders, and making them available at Chamber coffees, at the Chamber´s HR Roundtables, and at the Chamber office to help companies identify talent for employment positions. To include your resume, contact Dana Ketterling, 764-1050 or
  • Inviting employers to advertise employment offerings on the Chamber´s Web site. Contact Laura Baldwin,
    764-1050 or, for details.
  • Engaging job seekers in volunteer and other events and opportunities to provide opportunities to network.

Olathe Chamber also has a pdf file you can download with information about employment resources in the Kansas City area. The link to the file is below.

Guide To Employment Resources

In addition, The Olathe Chamber of Commerce has a partnership with to offer area employers the ability to advertise job openings and job seekers to get their resumes noticed.

Olathe site


AAF-KC REAL Social Media Experience Event

Austin Walsh’s Studio
2001 Grand Blvd., 8th Floor
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 5:30-7:00 pm

5:30 pm- Registration (Open Bar)
6:00 pm – Program Begins

Cost: $20 for non-members

Price of admission includes open bar and appetizers

Speakers: Eric Melin from Spiral16 and, Josh Davenport from Bernstein-Rein, and Ramsey Mohsen from Digital Evolution Group

Speaker Bios:

Eric Melin (@SceneStealrEric) is the marketing and communications manager at Spiral16, a social media monitoring firm that mines business intelligence from the Web for its clients. He is also a film critic, freelance writer, and the creator/editor of the movie-related website As a drummer he has released six full-length albums with his bands The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook and as a fake guitarist, he is the current 2010 Las Vegas air guitar champion.

Josh Davenport (@joshuald) is the Director of Communications at Bernstein-Rein Advertising.  Josh took that position in August of 2010 when BR started to ramp up its external social media outreach.  Josh is in charge of maintaining all of BR’s social media platforms and building the BR brand through external communications.  Concurrently, Josh is also a Marketing Analyst at Bernstein-Rein, working with the New Business group to identify and analyze potential clients. In his spare time, Josh is very active in Kansas City’s community theater scene and is an avid cyclist.

Ramsey Mohsen (@ramseym) is a client consultant and social media strategy lead at Digital Evolution Group, a full service e-consultancy firm based in Overland Park. He provides social media consultation and leads web development projects for both mid-sized businesses to global brands, including Hallmark Cards and Timberland shoes. In his free time, Ramsey is also an avid personal social media practitioner. His prolific videoblogging efforts and philanthropic efforts with his annual “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party” (benefiting KC’s Operation Breakthrough) has garnered him recognition from such publications as Ingram’s Magazine, the Kansas City Star and Ink Magazine.

You will get first hand perspective from a great panel of speakers and local social media practitioners on how Social Media is changing the way people and businesses connect … both good and bad.

More Information and to Register


Smart Companies to Watch Party

Downtown KC Marriott Muehlebach Tower

200 West 12th Street (Old Lobby)
Kansas City, MO

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Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm

Cost: $20/person.

Join us in celebrating the 2010 Smart Companies to Watch, and network with these innovative and forward-looking entrepreneurs.

RSVP and More Information


KC Clubs United Holiday Party

The Velvet Dog
400 East 31st Street
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 5:30 – 8:30pm

You are invited to join MediaMix, American Marketing Association, Freelance Exchange of KC, Social Media Club of Kansas City, KC/IABC, Kansas City Direct Marketing Association and GKC-PRSA for a joint holiday happy hour.

$5.00 to get in the door
$2.25 Wells and Domestic beers
$3.25 Cosmos, Appletinis and House wine

All money raised will go toward Operation Breakthrough’s Holiday program that includes food and toys for the underprivileged children of urban Kansas City.


Friday, December 3:

Social Media Club of Kansas City Monthly Meeting

Kansas City Cafe
1532 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 7:30 – 9:00am

Topic: Social Media case study on MMG Worldwide’s work for the Colorado Tourism Office

Speakers: Robert Patterson and Dave Fluegge from MMG Worldwide, a marketing firm who work exclusively for travel, hospitality and entertainment companies.

View sample of the case study

RSVP for Meeting

More Information about Social Media Club of KC


UPDATE: Sacred Heart Job Club is NOT meeting this week due to a funeral mass at the church.

Sacred Heart’s Job Club Meeting

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
5501 Monticello Rd
Shawnee, KS
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Go to Meeting Room #2 located on upper level of church building.

Time: 8:30 – 9:30am

Contact: Maureen Reintjes at or call 913-422-5700, ext. 250

More Information

Check out their Kansas City Metro Networking Job Club Ning Community


Upcoming Events:

Monday, December 6 – Tuesday, December 7

Awakening Significance Workshop

Johnson County Library, Lackman Branch
15345 W 87th Street Parkway
Lenexa, KS
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Time: 10:30 – 2:00pm each day (we will take a 30 minute break for lunch each day)

Cost: $10

Warren Wandling, national speaker and business coach, will facilitate this one-time workshop.

Topics to discuss:

The Law of Knowing Yourself – Discover the greatness that lies within you – Learn how to adapt your behavior to meet the needs of other people and situations to get the best results

The Law of Purpose – Discover your purpose – Apply specific techniques to write YOUR purpose statement – Affect change in 7 important areas of your life

The Law of Belief – Determine if your belief system is working for you or against you – Apply the power of affirmations – Understand the external and internal inputs that affect you daily

The Law of Focus – Discover why people spend 80% of the day on the wrong activities – Reduce stress – Be a good steward of your time: hit the mark

The Law of Goal Setting – Learn 8 power steps to achieve your goals – Find out who you should share your goals with – How does the yardstick of life affect your goals?

This workshop is limited to 15 job seekers, so don’t delay!

Registration deadline is December 2.

Register on LinkedIn


The Art of Interviewing Workshop

Central Resource Library – Carmack Community Room
9875 W. 87th St.
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm

Join professional development consultant Efren Mojica of “All About You Consulting” as he educates on the entire interview process: pre interview, tackling common difficult interview questions, post interview, dress code, etc. The goal is for the attendees be better equipped to face challenging interviews and questions.

Free of charge.

Contact: 913-826-4600

Registration for Workshop


If you know about other career fairs, meetingss or events that would benefit job seekers, please send a note to Thank you.


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