Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of August 1

It is my hope that the information I provide on this blog will help you to find a new job or make connections with people at the various networking events. Remember, I also have a Job Leads page where new jobs are posted every day or every other day. 

Below are the events/meetings for the week of August 1. As always, if you know about other career fairs, meetings or events that would benefit job seekers, please send a note to Thank you. 


All Week Long

Volunteer to Help with Extreme Makeover Home Edition Crew 

Where: Ottawa, KS
Map to Building Site

UPDATE: If you are a skilled laborer, Extreme Makeover Home Edition crew can still use your help. Go to and sign up as a skilled laborer. If you are not one, we can still use your help by bringing us ice and water. 

The Extreme Makeover Home Edition show is building a home for a military veteran in Ottawa, KS.

More Information about Kansas Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Extreme Makeover Home Edition Kansas Facebook Page


Monday, August 1

#JobHuntChat on Twitter

Time: 9:00pm CST

Job Hunt Chat is a community where job seekers, recruiters, human resource professionals, career coaches, and hiring managers can connect. Moderators of Job Hunt Chat are Rich DeMatteo (@CornOnTheJob) and Jessica Miller-Merrell (@Blogging4Jobs). Discussion/questions shared on using the hashtag #JobHuntChat.

Here is how you can participate in this chat:

1. Sign up for if you are not already on Twitter.
2. Search for hashtag #HFChat when the chat starts at 9pm CST.
3. Introduce yourself when the chat begins.
4. Read, ask questions, comment, re-tweet. Participate!


Tuesday, August 2

Internet Marketing and Social Media Kansas City Meeting

Social Media Round Table discussion

Granfalloon Bar & Grill
608 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 10:00am – Noon

Networking group consisting of business professionals who share their ideas and expertise in regard to Internet marketing, social media, and their businesses. Job seekers can attend to network.

More Information about the Group

Register for Meeting


Employment Through Community Career Transition Group

ETC (Employment through community) is an instruction and support group for people who are unemployed, underemployed or want to improve their job-seeking skills.

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Career Transition Group
7740 Lackman
Lenexa, KS 66217 
Google Map

Free to attend.

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Don’t miss this workshop on how to use the Kansas City Business Journal to find your next career opportunity!  The workshop will focus on the following:

  • looking beyond the headline of a story to identify opportunities
  • discovering networking events using the paper’s calendar section
  • utilizing advertisements in the paper as a source of information
  • learning how to obtain “free” news stories through the Business Journal’s daily E-mail update
  • how to use the Top 25 Lists to research opportunities
Please RSVP to ensure sufficient copies of the KC Business Journal are available for each attendee. 

Registration for the Workshop


Wednesday, August 3

Professional Career Transitions Weekly Meeting

Who We Are: For professionals in an employment transition which uses current successful job search techniques. We will have time for networking, education, and workshop activities during each session.

Devry University LeValley Conference Room
11224 Holmes Road
Kansas City, Mo
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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)


Internet Marketing and Social Media Kansas City Meeting

Southside Mafia Pizzeria‎
12627 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66213
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Time: 9:30am – 11:30 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.

Job seekers can come to network with business owners.

More Information about the Group


KCITP Summer Happy Hour

The Well
7421 Broadway Street
Kansas City, MO
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Tickets cost $10 per person.

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

In addition to helping to celebrate this KCITP’s 3 year anniversary, our happy hours are a great way to come connect with your fellow geeks and talk about the latest in technology trends. 

Find a mentorMeet a business partner to help you execute on that startup idea you’ve always dreamed of!

Build new connections!

This is an event you won’t want to miss, so make sure to register now (the number of tickets is limited)! The Well serves some great food, so appetizers are included with your ticket purchase!

More Information and Registration


New Landings Weekly Meeting

New Landings is a non-profit organziation dedicated to the economic recovery of America’s middle class. At New Landings their mission is to empower individuals to invest their expertise, work together and drive community solutions that get people back to work.

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

Dress Attire: Business Casual

Topic: “It’s Your Career – Do What You Love and Do Best”

Anyone today searching for work or looking to get more out of their current role will benefit from our session on August 3rd…It’s Your Career – Do What You Love and Do Best presented by Tom Schreiber.  Many remember Tom presented for New Landings in January of 2010 and we’re excited to experience once again his energy and expertise.

Be sure to attend and bring a friend or co-worker.  You’ll come away:

  • focused and confident about the work you do best,
  • motivated and inspired to fulfill your career dreams – especially the one you’ve put on hold, and
  • equipped with language and stories – in your own words – to use in resumes, interviews and performance reviews that will get you hired and promoted.

Tom Schreiber has designed, sold, and managed projects helping organizations, leaders and teams improve effectiveness and business results. His 20+ years of expertise in employee engagement, leadership development and customer loyalty has benefitted clients in every state and four countries.  


  • Networking (15 minutes)
  • “It’s Your Career – Do What You Love and Do Best” (1 hour)
  • Group introductions/announcements (30 minutes)
  • Networking (15 minutes)
New Landings featured on


Career+ Convo on Google+

Time: 8-8:30pm CST

Job seekers can: 

  • Answers to your “need to know now” questions.
  • Connection points with other job seekers on G+.
  • Introductions to career experts (coaches, recruiters, HR experts, etc.) who may be answering questions. This will help you add some experts to your “circles” so you can keep up-to-date on trends and resources.
Go to Miriam Salpeter’s Google+ page to participate

What you need: A Google+ profile and a willingness to try something new. If you don’t have Google+ yet, let me know at, as I have a few invites I can send out. 


Thursday, August 4

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

Location this week:
Kansas State School for The Deaf 
450 East Park Street 
Olathe, KS 66061
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Time: 9:00 am – 11:00am

Opportunity to mingle with Olathe area business owners and network to your next job. Expect to meet 150-250 people. There is a special sign-up area so job hunters and employers can meet.


Friday, August 5

Social Media Club of Kansas City Monthly Meeting

Kansas City Cafe

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

Networking begins at 7:30 am. 

This month, SMCKC will have Katie Petersen with The Kauffman Foundation about iStart and Jeff Chambers with Alterra Bank and the Alterra Alliance Project. is a single resource that allows student entrepreneurs to share ideas and gain access to an international network of competitions and mentors. For administrators, the platform helps with complex tasks, including managing and monitoring applicant entries, establishing judging criteria and conducting online judging.

Since its launch in 2010, the website, hosted by the Kauffman Foundation, has gathered more than 1,200 businesses ideas from 44 countries, including Albania, Kenya, Afghanistan, Israel and Ukraine. Business idea categories include Internet (websites), Information Technology, Life Sciences, Social Entrepreneurship, Services, Green, Materials, Consumer Goods and Energy.

More Information


#HFChat (#HireFriday Chat) on Twitter

Time: 11:00 am – Noon CST

#HireFriday is the only stream on twitter that focuses solely on job seekers 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. Search for hashtag #HFChat when the chat starts at 11am CST.
3. Introduce yourself when the chat begins.
4. Read, ask questions, comment, re-tweet. Participate!

More information on #HFChat and Hire Friday

#HFChat Transcript from July 29 Discussion

How to Set Up A #HireFriday Tweet if you are job seeking.

Final Note: If you are in the KC area and are searching for a job, send a tweet to @markvanbaale on Twitter about what you are looking for following the #HireFriday tweet format and Mark will RT it on Fridays.


Upcoming Events

FUN BBQ & Schmooze on Wed. August 10

Network with many of KC’s top Business Owners & Professionals.

Come and join others for Feet-Up Network’s first Summer BBQ & Schmooze at MoD Gallery. They will be offering not just a meal, with desserts, refreshments, wine & beer – there’s going to be a DJ playing music and the gallery is full of artwork from local artists for your enjoyment!

Cost: $20/person. 

Order your tickets by August 1, and they will be emailed to you immediately.

We will NOT be selling tickets at the door because this is a catered event and we need an accurate count.

More Information and To Register

Call Angie O’Connor with any questions @ 913.538.1448.




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