Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of November 7

Below are the networking events for the week of November 7 in the Kansas City area. As always, if you know about other career fairs, meetings or events that would benefit job seekers, please send a note to markvanbaale@gmail.comThank you.

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

You can also follow @kcjobseekers or @markvanbaale to get the latest updates.


Any Day of the Week

Listen to New Landings Job Chat Podcasts brought to you each week by Hector Silva and the rest of the New Landings Job Chat Team. Recent podcasts added are “Job Loss: Rebuilding a Better You” “Job Loss: Dealing with Aftershocks,” Job Loss: The Immediate Inner Turmoil, “Post-Interview Preparation,” and “Interview Questions Preparation.” 


How to Find Hidden Jobs in Any Economy Webinar (Monday, Nov. 7, Tuesday, Nov. 8, and Wednesday, Nov. 9)

Time: Once you select the date you want (Nov. 7, Nov. 8, or Nov. 9, times available are shown to you). 

Register for FREE


Monday, November 7

Career Transition Workshop

Enterprise Center of Johnson County
8527 BlueJacket Street
Lenexa, KS 66214
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Time: 7:00am – 8:30am

Coffee and Bagels will be provided.

Early Stage Companies represent a source of vibrant, innovative, work opportunity often needing the experience and wisdom of the mature worker. This workshop intends to introduce the job seeker to the unique attributes of the entrepreneurial side of the economy in the Kansas City area, and provide helpful guidance in understanding and approaching early stage companies.


Joel Wiggins – President, Enterprise Center of Johnson County
Joel wil summarize current activity of the center in building high growth companies, and the resources provided by the local business incubator connecting investments, advisory, education and office solutions.

Early Stage Company Panel 
Various “Early Stage” company representatives will provide an overview of their value proposition, growth plans business outlook. Diverse industry and functional hiring needs will be explored.

Tony Winslow – President at EUI, Ltd
As a successful entrepreneur in electrical solution sales, design and delivery, Tony is one of the most imaginative entrepreneurs in the Kansas City Area. Tony will address “Out of the Box” ideas for those in transition and strategies for sustaining personal, emotional and spiritual health during career transition.

Q&A – Networking and Discussion


Linking Professionals Social (Non) Networking Mixer

Sullivan’s of Leawood 
4501 West 119th Street
Leawood, KS 66209
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Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Beverages and appetizers included.

Registration has ended for this event. No walk-ins accepted. 

A nominal fee of $25 is payable at registration while this program is in BETA.* 

For years Laura Wynn has worked a speaking circuit teaching professionals that effective networking should  emphasize the importance of building trusted real life relationships for business viability and longevity. It’s also crucial to know the fundamentals of your new contacts’ business offerings. While simple in theory, it’s often difficult to accomplish both in one fragment of time investment.

You are not paying to attend this event.

You are paying for Laura’s professional matchmaking skills and twenty plus years of accredited business developoment. Prior to each event Laura will promote registered guests by conversing with “you” on Twitter, Linked In and Facebook. Laura will use these mediums to pull you into strategically created conversations as a means to gain “followers” and “likes” for your Internet brand.

After each event, Laura will compose a follow up email that will include the same information you provided to her prior to the event. This publication, inclusive of your contact information, will be distributed only to those professionals on the VIP list. This list will be composed of current and past attendees of these high profile mixers. 

During online registration you will be asked to provide an “elevator speech”, for lack of better term. Do not over think this; simply describe a good contact for you. Laura will handle the rest! You may bring business cards but they are not necessary as each attendee will receive this information by direct email. 


AMA-KC “Spice Up Your Monday” Networking Event

Original Juan
111 Southwest Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66103
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Join us for a spectacular networking event at the Original Juan, Purveyors of Specialty Foods, Corporate Headquarters & Factory Outlet Store.

Original Juan will sponsor tasting of salsas, hot sauces and even some brand new, unreleased products! Created from the traditions of the old Southwest, Original Juan can sizzle the souls of every chili head and tantalize the taste buds of the meek and mild.

Jack Stack Barbecue will be serving up mouth-watering burnt ends and sliders.  For more than 50 years, Jack Stack has won over discerning barbecue critics across the country with succulent Ribs and fork-tender Brisket, all prepared in distinctive hickory-fired brick ovens.

360 Distributing will be on hand for complimentary beverages. 360 Beverages provides outstanding service and premium beverage dispensing solutions to bars, restaurants, offices, and home installations for your wet bar, game room, kitchen or tiki bar. 

It will be an evening you don’t want to miss!
* Meet AMA-KC Members
* Network with marketing, advertising, communications professionals
* Get a peak inside a successful local company
* Get ideas for some delicious new holiday dishes


More Information and Registration


#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. Discussion/questions shared on using the hashtag #JobHuntChat.

Here is how you can participate in this chat:
1. Search for hashtag #JobHuntChat on Twitter when the chat starts at 9pm CST.
2. Introduce yourself when the chat begins.
3. Read, ask questions, comment, re-tweet. Participate!


Tuesday, November 8

Internet Marketing and Social Media Kansas City Meeting

Granfalloon Bar & Grill
608 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Registration Cost: $10.00 for non-members

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


7 Things You Must Have in Your Career Toolkit Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:00pm CST.

To find work and stay employed, every professional today must keep their career toolkit current. As they say at CAREEREALISM, “Every job is temporary!” Learn what tools you need to have ready at a moment’s notice. You just never know when the opportunity of a lifetime could come along. Don’t be caught with an empty tool chest!

Can’t make the live event? That’s okay. All registrants will receive a recording of this webinar.

Register for FREE


TEDxCrossroads Weekly Meeting

1740 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
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Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Free to attend.

TEDxCrossroads (where x=independently organized TED event) is a community based on the shared interest of sharing our interests. In addition to our weekly salons, in the future we will be hosting speakers and adding fun things like cocktail hours with our friends at TEDxKC who run an amazing event.

More Information about TEDxCrossroads


Career Studios: Quick Fixes for Job Search Problems Webinar

Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm CST.

Please join us for an interview with the Laura Labovich, the Job Search Makeover Coach, author and sought-after speaker, featured in publications such as The Washington Post, US News and World Report, Chicago Tribune and Careerbuilder.

Job Search rarely goes as planned, but what if a strategy could make things different?  What if you could have a roadmap to take the guesswork out of an already stressful situation? Laura Labovich will share with us some of her best ideas, practices and fixes for job search problems you are having TODAY!

In this FREE teleseminar you’ll discover:

  • What a job search strategy is all about and how it can help you avoid the pitfalls 
  • Common job search problems and how can you fix them right NOW
  • Laura’s secret stash of best job search tips
  • Insight on social media for job seekers
  • And much more!

All you need to participate is a phone.  Register and we will send the call-in number and access code to you via email prior to the call.  Also, enrolled participants will receive a FREE MP3 downloadable recording of this session following the seminar.

Register for FREE


Wednesday, November 9

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 – 11:30am

Registration Cost: $10.00 for non-members

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.

Register for Meeting


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: Exploring Entrepreneurship

Meeting Agenda:

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


Getting it All Together: Life Skills and Job Readiness for Women Class

Keeler Women’s Center
2nd floor of the Catholic Charities Building 
2220 Central Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66102
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Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm

Presented by Deb Foster

Free – Lunch included, reservations required, space limited 

Topics to be covered:
Self Advocacy 
Self Esteem 
Taking Care of Yourself 
Goal setting 
Problem Solving 
Social Skills and Choices 
Community Resources and Employment 

Call 913.906.8990 to register. (Reservations required.)


Overland Park Fall Career Expo

Overland Park Convention Center
6000 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66211
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Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Free to attend.

Bring plenty of copies of your resume printed on quality paper. Even if you do not bring a resume, be certain to have a portfolio or briefcase with notebook or legal pad and pens.

Employers interested in participating may contact Nick Walz at 913-383-1100 or

Register and get list of participating companies


3 Ways to Overcome Networking-Phobia Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:00pm CST.

Does the idea of reaching out to people make you want to faint? It doesn’t have to be that way! Join CAREEREALISM-Approved Career Expert, David Couper and CAREEREALISM Founder, J.T. O’Donnell for a webinar on November 9 to learn how to approach people in a way that will make you feel relaxed and good about what you are doing. We’ll show you three techniques that work every time!

Can’t make the live event? That’s okay. All registrants will receive a recording of this webinar.

Register for FREE


Crossroads Career Network Meeting

Woods Chapel United Methodist Church
4725 NE Lakewood Way
Lees Summit, MO
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Time: 6:30-7:30 pm in Room 301

Topic: Identifying Employer Targets

Crossroads Career Network is a national organization supporting job seekers with practical search advice, emotional and spiritual support, prayer and fellowship. The Crossroads Career program at Woods Chapel is available to anyone seeking God’s plan for their professional lives. Our weekly meetings give you an opportunity to share with others your frustrations as well as your victories. Our ministry leaders also work one-on-one with you to guide you through the spiritual, emotional and practical aspects of a career transition.


Thursday, November 10

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

Location this week:
LaQuinta Inn & Suites-Olathe
20570 West 151st 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.


Getting To the Decision Makers Workshop presented by New Landings

New Landings HQ
11320 W. 79th St.
Lenexa, KS 66214
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Free to attend.

Time: 9:00am – 11:00am

Ray Ruecker, Managing Director of Connect 5000, will share his expertise and experience on the following topics:

  • How to write an effective email or letter that gets a response
  • The power of LinkedIn – how to find decision makers (title, contact information, etc.)
  • The power of Jigsaw – how to find executive decision maker’s email addresses and direct phone numbers
  • How to leave effective voice mails that get callbacks for interviews or appointments
  • Practical tips for individuals looking to launch their own business.

Registration for the Workshop


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: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Dress Attire: Business Casual

Topic: “Hit Em Where They Ain’t” – How Bad Grammar and Good Football Strategy can Make Your Job Search A Winner!  Plus: Greatest Job Tips for this Recession.

Speaker Bio: 

Terry Clevenger is an adjunct professor at DeVry University and a Workforce Specialist at Kansas Workforce Partnership.  He has worked with college students to retirees on career assessment, networking, resume development and all things related to “What Do I Want To Do When I Grow Up?” Terry’s passion is public-speaking, with background in radio broadcasting and now presenting on career matters. A bit off the wall and humorous, Terry’s goal is to customize his topic to his audience. His objective is to give clients hope, and at least one fresh idea.

New Landings focusing on Getting KC Back to Work


Are You Career ADD or Have a Career ADD Lifestyle? Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:00pm CST

Are you unhappy with your career? Have you been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD or do you suspect you suffer from the symptoms? Or, do you have a Career ADD lifestyle, get pulled in too many directions and can’t make a career decision? If so, this webinar is for YOU!

This webinar is about clearing out the cobwebs and perhaps acknowledging for the first time that our needs and tolerances are not the same as the majority. And even if we are not diagnosed with ADD, today’s lifestyle can cause us to feel unfocused, pulled in far too many directions, rendering us paralyzed to make a career decision.

Can’t make the live event? That’s okay. All registrants will receive a recording of this webinar.

Register for FREE


KSCPA Networking Event

Arrowhead Stadium 
One Arrowhead Drive 
Kansas City, MO 64129 
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Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Free to attend.

Open to Members & Prospective Members – Learn About the Value the KSCPA Brings to Your Life! OPEN HOUSE IN THE KC CHIEFS CLUB LEVEL TOWER EAST With Cocktails, Refreshments, and Appetizers and a Prize Drawing.

If you are not a member of the KSCPA, please contact Danielle by phone, (785) 272-4366, or email,, to register for this FREE Event!

Short program @ 6:45 with DAN CRUMB, CPA, CFO, KC Chiefs

Prize Drawing at 7:15


Friday, November 11

Salute or Thank a Veteran Day

Time: All Day

This is to remind you that November 11 is Veterans Day. If you know a military veteran, take time to thank him or her for their service. 


#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 Twitter 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 for Friday, November 4, 2011

How to Setup a #HireFriday Tweet if you are job seeking.

If you are in the KC area and are searching for a job, send a note to Mark Van Baale at to be listed on the Featured Job Seekers pageEveryone listed on this page has a #HireFriday tweet sent out on Fridays about what they are looking for.


Linking Professionals Lunch for Women

Bonefish Grill
5041 West 135th St.
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Please register in advance. 

11:00 – 11:30: Check in and network
11:30 – 12:45: Lunch is served and speaker begins
12:45 – 1:00: Speaker Questions, closing announcements, network                                           

More Information and Registration


AAF-KC Career Day on Monday November 14 – Register by Nov. 11 at 5pm

Union Station
30 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
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Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm

AAF-KC Career Day is your chance to put advertising professionals in the hot seat and learn all the secrets and insider information you need to get an ad gig.


Online registration ends at 5pm on November 11.
Members: $30, Non-Members: $40

Walk up registration
Members: $40, Non-Members: $50

What to bring: Your resume and portfolio

8:00am – 8:45am: Registration/Check-in/Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30am: Opening Speaker
9:40 – 12:00pm: Information Sessions
12:00 – 2:30pm: Lunch/Portfolio & Resume Reviews/Career Fair
2:40 – 5:00pm: Information Sessions

More Information and to Register



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