Networking Events

Job Search/Networking Events Week of January 3

It is the start of a new year! We hope you enjoyed this blog in 2010 and will continue to visit this blog in 2011. This year, there are plans on the horizon to offer more guest posts and interviews with job seekers describing what they are looking for. It is our hope that the information we provide on this blog will help you to find a new job or make connections with people at the various networking events. Remember, we also have a Job Leads page where we will post hot jobs as they are sent to us. We will start adding a date to each job listing so you are aware of when it was posted.

Below are the events/meetings for the week of January 3. As always, if you know about other career fairs, meetings or events that would benefit job seekers, please send a note to Thank you.

Tuesday, January 4

The Job Radio Show

Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am

This week’s guest: Jeff Miner

Topic: “Getting a JOB is all in your Head”

Are you sabotaging your job search?  If you find yourself struggling with the job hunting process, you aren’t alone.  When we are going through a transition we often respond in the fight or flight mode which is not a good way to attack your future.  Finding a job is a process of finding out where you want to “play” and going for it at 100%.  No excuses, only results.

Listen live on 102.9 FM or 1140 AM.

The Job Radio Show website


#CareerChat on Twitter

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm CST

What: Discussion/questions shared on using the hashtag #careerchat

Here is how you can participate in this chat:

1. Sign up for if you are not already on Twitter.
2. Sign up for
3.  Go to TweetChat a few minutes before your Chat of Interest starts, login, and enter the hashtag for the chat you want to attend. In this case, it would be #careerchat.
4. Introduce yourself.
5. Read, ask questions, comment, re-tweet. Participate! However, be aware that all of your posts will show in your Twitter timeline. Because of this, some chatters post something like “Enjoying #careerchat for the next hour. Please forgive the multiple tweet stream. Better yet, join us!

More information on #CareerChat


Wednesday, January 5

Internet Marketing and Social Media Meetup Group

Toad’s Pub & Perk
12056 W 135th Street
NW Corner of 135th & Quivera
Overland Park, KS
Google Map

Time: 9:00am – 11:00 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
Google Map

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: Market Yourself Effectively

Meeting Agenda:

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

Meeting Info


Linking Leawood Professionals Happy Hour

77 South
5041 West 135th Street
Leawood, KS
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Time: 5:00-7:00pm

Please register in advance. Free beverage of your choice with registration. Registration capped at 60 people!

Linking Leawood Professionals is a networking and professional support group for professionals who wish to do business with others in or around the Leawood/Overland Park areas.

More Information and Registration

Linking Professionals Ning Community


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: Lewis Lowry

Topic: “The Pursuit of PHA (Positive Heartfelt Action)

In this presentation, we will discuss various methods in taking positive heartfelt action in one’s life. This appears to be a simple process, right!  Yet, everyday and especially at the beginning of the New Year, people fail to assert themselves with sustainable actions for success in their personal and professional life.  “Train your head and hands to do, your head and heart to dare (Joseph Cotter).” By taking heartfelt action, one becomes totally engaged and committed to that which he or she aspires to do. That is the Pursuit of PHA!

Speaker Bio:

Lewis Lowry has worked in the corporate environment for over 20 years.  As a public transportation senior executive, Lewis saw the need to address counterproductive actions in school bus operators that repressed them from being their best in their professional and personal life. The 90’s introduced to corporate America how workers should employ a positive mental attitude.  However, it lacked the motivation toward sustaining one’s positive mental practices and actions. It was through this observation that Lewis began working with his operations and division managers on the importance of asserting positive heartfelt actions as a way of life.

Lewis is a member of the MidAmerica Minority Business Development Council.  He supports the council though his volunteer efforts and services to minority businesses.  Lewis is also a business development consultant working with small businesses in both sales and operations efficiency. Lewis is currently a student at Mid-America Nazarene University pursuing a degree in Management and Human Relations.  Lewis’ life is based on four things: keeping God first, embracing the foundation of family, be a Fred and enjoying a great walk on the golf course.


Lawrence Tweetup and Social Media Club of Lawrence host a New Year’s Social Event

The Barrel House Piano Bar
729 New Hampshire
Lawrence, KS
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Time: 7:00-10:00pm

All local social media users are invited to this event! Whether you attend Lawrence Tweetup events, the weekly Social Media Club of Lawrence breakfasts, another group in the area, or even if you’re brand new to social media- join us to socialize offline for an evening. Bring your friends!

More Information

RSVP on Facebook


Thursday, January 6

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

Location this week:
Prairie Life Fitness
13655 South Alden Street
Olathe, KS 66062
Google Map

Time: 9:00 am – 11:00am

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.
  • 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


Friday, January 7

Social Media Club of Kansas City Monthly Breakfast

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

The first 2011 SMCKC meeting is scheduled for Friday, Jan 7th at Kansas City Cafe. Instead of a presentation, the meeting will be held as a Town Hall. Currently on the agenda is reviewing survey results, outlining the 2011 strategic plans, discuss the coming elections and awards. There will also be opportunities to form new initiatives and committees, and to speak with other members we haven’t been able to chat with. Also, networking opportunities for any job seekers!

RSVP on Facebook


Sacred Heart’s Job Club Meeting

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
5501 Monticello Rd
Shawnee, KS
Google Map

Go to Meeting Room #2 located on upper level of church building.

Time: 8:30 – 9:30am

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

More Information

Check out their Kansas City Metro Networking Job Club Ning Community


#HFChat (#HireFriday Chat) on Twitter

Time: 11:00 am – Noon CST

What: #HireFriday is the only stream on twitter that focuses solely on the jobseekers strengths, knowledge and abilities. Discussion/questions shared on using the hashtag #HFChat

Here is how you can participate in this chat:

1. Sign up for if you are not already on Twitter.
2. Sign up for
3.  Go to TweetChat a few minutes before your Chat of Interest starts, login, and enter the hashtag for the chat you want to attend. In this case, it would be #HFChat.
4. Introduce yourself.
5. Read, ask questions, comment, re-tweet. Participate! However, be aware that all of your posts will show in your Twitter timeline.

More information on #HFChat



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