Networking Events

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

Below are the networking events for the week of May 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

Watch or Listen to New Landings Job Chat Interviews brought to you each week by Hector Silva and the rest of the New Landings Job Chat Team. Recent podcasts added are “Why Write a Cover Letter with Diane Stafford from the KC Star,” “Managing Your References with Diane Stafford from the KC Star,” “Tools for a Difficult Interview Situation” “The Difficult Interview Situation: Part 2,” “The Difficult Interview Situation: Part 1,” and “Job Loss: Rebuilding a Better You.”


Monday, May 7

Sweat the Details and Get That Job Webinar

Time: 1:00pm – 1:30pm CDT

Like it or not, it is very often the details that matter in your job search! Employers can have literally hundreds of resumes in front of them. How do you think they “thin the herd” down to a manageable size?

We often hear from employers about their frustration with job seekers. Too many times, the reason not to hire someone is because of a seemingly small detail that could signal a bigger issue.

Join us for a 30 minute teleseminar that will help you identify and eliminate those seemingly small details that yes, actually matter!

Register for FREE


Career Wake Up Call Teleseminar

Free to attend. Hosted by Abby Kohut from Absolutely Abby.

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm CDT

Your career needs a wake up call! Join the lively twice monthly teleseminars for answers to your job search
and career development questions.

If you are in job search mode or in anything less than your perfect career, you can’t afford to miss these call!

Register for Teleseminar


#JobHuntChat on Twitter

Time: 9:00pm CDT

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, May 8

KC Businesses Speed Networking Event

Mimi’s Cafe
11885 W. 95th St. 
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 9:45am – 11:45am

Ideal members:
1) Small business owners looking for ideas to grow their business
2) Unemployed professionals looking for ideas on how to start a business
3) Anyone that can afford free. :)

Unlike other groups, there’s no membership fees. This is 100% community driven.

What you can expect:
1) Weekly meetings
2) Ability to share your business ideas with others
3) Network
4) Review business startup ideas for those that aren’t sure what they want to do yet
5) Get tips and tricks to start and/or grow their business.
6) Learn from other’s successes and failures.
7) Fun atmosphere 

More Information and to RSVP


Internet Marketing and Social Media Kansas City Meeting

Tuesday Morning Meeting Info:

Granfalloon Bar & Grill
608 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Register for Tuesday Morning Meeting

Tuesday Afternoon Meeting Info:

Granite City Food & Brewery
8461 NW Prairie View Rd
Kansas City, MO 64153
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Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

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.

Register for Tuesday Afternoon Meeting

More Information about the Group


Coping with Change and Powerfully Dealing with Your Emotions So You can Get Back to Work Faster Webinar

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm CDT

We are going to be dealing with the angst you may be feeling about your job search, lay-off, the economy, the news, the people in your life and anything else that you may be thinking about in a way that limits what is possible. 

In this results-oriented presentation, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to use your own challenges to decide and commit to what you want. 
  • Shift from focusing on “what is wrong” to focusing on “what works”. 
  • Your thoughts influence your job search. Discover how to rise above the circumstances in the news and take powerful action. 
  • Begin to reach out, connect, empower and support one another in order to move through these waves of change with ease and grace. 
  • Learn how to powerfully use your time and energy starting today.

Register for FREE


How to Feel Good and Stay Positive No Matter What Workshop presented by New Landings

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

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

MK Mueller (also known as “The Gratitude Guru”) is an international trainer, business coach, keynoter and the author of two books, Taking Care of Me:The Habits of Happiness and 8 to Great: The Powerful Process for Positive Change. Her interactive and engaging workshop will cover topics such as:

  • A powerful process for getting in touch with your biggest dreams
  • A guaranteed positive attitude formula that is simple to live and teach
  • A decision-making formula to help you make the right decisions every time
  • A forgiveness formula for releasing past hurts and mistakes
  • A one-minute formula for starting every day in a feel-good way

Registration for the Workshop


YNPNkc Monthly Gathering

The Well
7421 Broadway Street
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

A growing organization connecting professionals that are new to the nonprofit sector (regardless of age). YNPNkc is a great place for those interested in professional development, networking and social opportunities.

YNPNkc is chapter of a national organization that provides professional development and networking opportunities to professionals new to their careers in the nonprofit sector. 

No registration needed for this free social event. Just show up. 


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



Kansas Feet Up Network Meeting

Pizza Maker
8725 Bourgade Street
Lenexa, KS
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Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Feet-Up Network is a (Totally Free) group of business professionals who like to get together, kick their feet-up and have a drink together.

Tonight’s Topic: Writing a Press Release: Featuring Speaker Liz Zamora

Liz is the Marketing and Event Coordinator at Mestizo, and a freelance journalist with more than 15 years of experience in the broadcast news business.

Here is what you will learn:

  • Get your message to the media.
  • Write a good press release. 
  • What makes a good story.

Come on out and have a drink, meet some new friends and forge some great partnerships.


Career Studios: The Evolution of the Resume in the 21st Century Webinar

Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm CDT

Join us for an interview with Dorothy Tannahill Moran, Chris Perry and Perry Newman, executive resume writer, who will take us through an exciting exploration of what a resume looked like in the past (and what your resume  may still look like today) and learn how professionals transform them into marketing documents that will yield better results in terms of send-out to response rates, first and follow-up interviews, and job offers.

Register for FREE


Wednesday, May 9

Overland Park Chamber of Commerce Wednesday Wake Up – Networking Event

DoubleTree by Hilton Kansas City-Overland Park
10100 College Boulevard
Overland Park, Kansas
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Time: 8:00am – 9:00am

Cost: $5.00 for non-members

Start your work day off right by networking with your business colleagues at Wednesday Wake-up. You’ll enjoy casual mingling, breakfast foods, brief updates and the opportunity to win fabulous door prizes.

More Information and How to Register


Professional Career Transitions Weekly Meeting

A FREE program for professionals in employment transition which uses current successful career exploration and 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


Internet Marketing and Social Media Kansas City Meeting

This incredible group of business owners/entrepreneurs come together weekly to discuss everything social.

Wednesday Morning Meeting Info:

The Egg and I‎
8180 W. 135th St.
Overland Park, KS 66223

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Time: 9:30am – 11:00am

Register for Wednesday Morning Meeting

Wednesday Afternoon Meeting Info:

J. Beans
3365 SW Fascination Drive
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
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Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Register for Wednesday Afternoon Meeting


Linking Professionals Diva’s Roundtable Event

1201 W. 103rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64114 
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Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

A two hour opportunity to network in a casual roundtable format; offered twice monthly. Ongoing, this event will be from 4:30-6:30 the 2nd & 4th Wednesday monthly.

At 4:45 a casual roundtable will begin where each attendee will have 5 minutes to share in an organized format. After the initial round, there will be time to revisit topics that could benefit from group input. This “give” and the sincere feedback among professionals is what make the group special.

More Information and Registration


Thursday, May 10

Olathe Chamber Coffee meeting

Location this week:
City of Olathe
100 E. Santa Fe Street
Olathe, KS 66051

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Time: 9:00 am – 11:00am

Open to job seekers to attend free of charge. 

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


Finding Your Passion, Purpose, and Power in Career Transition Webinar

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm CDT

Are you eager to live the life you deserve yet just don’t know where to start? Do you want to feel passion for life and use it towards your life purpose?

It’s time to stop yearning for an extraordinary life, and start living your passion, purpose and power. Stop trying to survive your day to day life and learn to direct your steps with new energy and optimism as you head into the future “you” get to choose. Being in a career transition is a perfect time to explore what’s possible for you. 

  • Learn how to be captain of your own ship.
  • Learn how to instantly build your self-confidence.
  • Learn the essentials needed shift your emotions empowering you toward your future.
  • Learn how to accelerate your success and how to stay on your path. 
  • Learn how to eliminate unwanted habits and behaviors that are holding you back.
  • Learn what relationships are necessary to drive you forward toward the fulfillment of your ultimate life.

Register for FREE


Resumes – It’s All About You Workshop presented by New Landings

Central Resource Library
Carmack Community Room
9875 W. 87th Street
Overland Park, KS 
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Free to attend.

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Has it been a while since you updated your resume?  Are you not getting the interviews for the jobs you are interested in?  Do you use the same resume for every job application?  Join professional development consultant Efren Mojica of “All About You Consulting” to learn how to enhance your resume to be impactful, dynamic, eye catching, and unique to better position you for job hunting success.  Registration is not necessary.

Registration for the Workshop


Friday, May 11

#HFChat (#HireFriday Chat) on Twitter

Time: 11:00 am – Noon CDT

#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

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.




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