Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of July 16-22

Below are the networking events for the week of July 16-22 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 “Get Real With Yourself”,” “Story Banking, How To Create A Professional Story Toolbox,” “How To Find Great Story Ideas From Your Experiences,” “Story Telling, How It Works and Why It Matters,” “Career Changes – When and How,” and “The 5 Critical Financial Decisions for You.”


Monday, July 16

How to Build Social Networks Fast with Martin Yate Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:30pm CDT

The fastest, easiest, way to find a job is with networking, the only problem is that your networks don’t work, you have always been too busy doing your job to build networks. You joined LinkedIn and Facebook but they don’t seem to be delivering much. What can you do? 

You will learn:

  • What networking is, what it isn’t and how it fits into your professional life. 
  • How to network when you don’t know many people. 
  • The four networks everyone needs to succeed. 
  • How to identify the most helpful networking contacts. 
  • How to attract the right contacts for your networks. 
  • How to approach the networking contacts you need. 
  • How to get network contacts to help you. 
  • How to get personal introduction and referrals to recruiters. 
  • How to get personal introduction and referrals to hiring managers. 
  • How to QUADRUPLE your interviews.
  • How to use social networks to switch from one industry to another.

You get: 60 mins of cutting-edge networking tactics plus 45 mins of Q&A with Martin Yate CPC, world-renowned networking expert, NY Times bestseller of the world famous Knock Em Dead books, author of 14 career books in 62 foreign language editions. There is no one in career management today with deeper knowledge, or better credentials. 

Register for FREE


KC Online Community Networking Event

The Coffee Girls Cafe
7440 Washington Street
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

No speaker, no agenda, no distractions… just networking! Join us for Monday Coffee at The Coffee Girls Cafe, in Waldo.

Only space for 30 so reserve your spot now. 

More Information and to Register


Feet Up Network – FUN Monday Meeting

Minsky’s Pizza
427 Main Street
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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

We usually have around 15-25 people at these meetings. Members say that it helps them build relationships. Come on out and have a drink, meet some new friends and forge some great partnerships.


#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, July 17

OMNI Employment Job Seeker Roundtable Meeting

OMNI Employment Management Services
7201 W. 110th St. (Suite 225)
Overland Park, KS 66210
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Time: 8:00am – 9:00am

Free to attend.

This is a very informal meeting and offers a great chance to network with other professionals and meet with Mike Tracy, Principal of OMNI Employment Management Services, LLC. This group is ideally geared to middle to upper management level candidates. Mike has been involved in the recruitment field for a number of years and has a multitude of helpful tips and suggestions to offer.

Please call us at 913.341.2119 or email Sheena Niermeier to register. 


We’re Talkin’ Tuesday” Networking Group Meeting

Mainstreet Credit Union
6025 Lamar Ave. 
Mission, KS
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Time: 8:00am – 9:30am

Free to attend. 

Bring lots of business cards and meet business owners from the Johnson County and Kansas City metro area. 

Contact Sara Kentzler at or 913-262-2141 for more information. 


Market Immersion 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


CPI-KC (Career Partners International) Third Tuesday Connections

Barley’s Brewhaus
11924 W. 119th Street,
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Free to attend. CPI-KC will provide the appetizers. Drink specials (cash bar).

  • Make new connections to expand your network
  • Talk about ways of growing your existing business
  • Learn more about dynamic enterprises in metro Kansas City
  • Practice your networking skills in a safe and informal environment
  • Discuss the latest in cutting-edge management techniques
  • Find advocates who are willing to open doors and make introductions to key decision makers

More Information and How to Register


Greater KC Public Relations Society of America Happy Hour

Johnny’s Tavern at Power & Light
1310 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64106
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Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

GKC PRSA will host its second networking happy hour of the year for the July Professional Development Event. Join fellow Kansas City marketing pofessionals after hours as we beat the heat with a cool drink and great conversation.

With each registration, you will receive appetizers, one drink ticket and entry to win a great door prize. 

More Information and To Register


Kansas City on the Map: An Evening about Google, Technology and Entrepreneurship

1800 Baltimore Ave., 6th floor
Kansas City, MO
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Free parking is available on the street.

Please enter from the south entrance double doors. Take the elevator to the 4th floor, then the stairs to the 6th floor to enter the event.

Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Cost: $10.00

Learn why Kansas City is Google’s city of choice for Google Fiber, and why one of Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s “Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs” elected to keep Kansas City as his home base.

The Jewish Federation’s Business & Professional’s next event features Rachel Hack, Google’s Kansas City Community Manager, and Adam Coomes, Co-Founder of Infegy, and serial entrepreneur with a passion for technology.

  • Find out what’s happening with the Google Fiber Project
  • Get an inside look at building your own start up in KC
  • Connect with other young professionals

6:00-7:00 Networking (Pizza & Beer)*
7:00-7:45 Program
7:45-8:30 Networking Continues
Space is Limited

RSVP by July 16; Cost (includes food, drink and program) – $10 by July 16, $15 at the door

For more info, contact Vicky Kulikov at 913.327.8112 or

Register for Event


Kansas Feet Up – Improv Workshop Meeting

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

Cost: $15.00

Join us for our very FUN! Improv Workshop “Improv for Networking: Be a Bigger YOU!”

REGULAR MEETING also happening at a separate table in the dining room, you are welcome to attend that if you aren’t participating in the workshop.

Clay Morgan of Comedy City will again be bringing Feet-Up Network his specially formulated corporate workshop, centered on making us better, brighter and bolder Networking Superstars!!

Why Improv for Networking? (benefits)

  • Be more approachable.
  • Become more at ease in any situation.
  • Build your presentation skills & Learn to Project your voice.
  • Learn to see the FUN in any situation.
  • Give yourself more credit for your own voice & creativity.

What to expect from the workshop: (goals)

  • Getting past your comfort zone.
  • Skills for starting & driving a conversation.
  • Activities that build Communication / Comfort / Focus.
  • Be a bigger version of yourself. 

Space is limited to first 20 participants, so register now!

Register for Improv for Networking Workshop


Wednesday, July 18

Alliance Data Retail Services Job Fair

Dave & Busters at Legends Shopping Center
1843 Village West Parkway
Kansas City, KS
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Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Alliance Data Retail Services will hold a job fair to fill about 200 open positions at its Lenexa call center. Applicants will have the opportunity for face-to-face interviews. The pay range for the jobs is $11.75 to $14.55 an hour, depending on experience. The open positions will involve handling inbound sales and service calls from customers inquiring about their store-brand credit cards. 

The new hires stem from the company’s recent growth and product demand as Alliance Data renews agreements with existing clients and attracts new ones.

Job seekers are asked to complete an online application before attending at

The Workforce Partnership Mobile Career Unit with 13 computer stations and Internet access will be available at the job fair for applicants to use. 


Market Immersion Meeting

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

Wednesday Morning Meeting Info (This Week Only at this location):

Microsoft Store at Oak Park Mall
11149 W. 95th St. 
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 9:30am – 11:00am

Register for Wednesday Morning Meeting

Wednesday Afternoon Meeting Info (Cancelled due to organizer emergency)

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


The 10 Reasons Employers Aren’t Calling You Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:00pm CDT

Tammy Kabell hosts a FREE monthly Webinar series called Six Figure Pro Seminars for Executive Job Seekers.

In Tammy Kabell’s nearly decade of experience in the career business, coupled with her 18 years of hiring manager experience, she has had the good fortune to pick out the good candidates from the bad. And in the four years of heading up Career Resume Consulting, she has found that quite a number of great candidates are out in the job market, but they’re just not being noticed by employers or recruiters. 

The first thing she is charged with as the owner of an executive career firm is to get her clients noticed. Until that is accomplished, the greatest of interviewing and negotiating skills are useless.

In this webinar, Tammy, along with Will Gladhart, of Will Gladhart Consulting, will cover the top 10 reasons why they have seen great candidates – real Rock Stars – go entirely unnoticed by their target employers. If you recognize yourself in one or many of these assertions, you can work immediately to correct them – you will find that if you make major changes to any one of these reasons, it will have a majorly positive impact on your search results.

Join her live at noon on Wednesday, July 18th, to get free coaching from a recognized expert in the career field and an authority on LinkedIn and Social Media Marketing, Will Gladhart, if you are lacking in one or more of the areas they cover.

Register for FREE


Landing a Great Job After 40 Webinar

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm CDT

Finding a job is tough for anyone nowadays, but it’s particularly hard if you are 40 or older. Despite the difficulty, landing a great, well-paying job after 40 is possible … if you take steps to improve your odds.

In this free webinar led by Kathy Bernard, you’ll discover 50 ways to improve your chances of getting hired (and we’ll even send you all of the tips in an easy, printable format so you can get started implementing them right away).

In this fast paced FREE 60 minute webinar, you will discover how to:

  • Position yourself as the solution to a company’s problems. 
  • Play up your strengths and shore up your weaknesses.
  • Identify organizations that actively seek out seasoned workers. 
  • Convince younger hiring managers that your experience is a plus and not a threat.
  • Demonstrate your passion, vitality and accomplishments in a way will impress hiring companies and much, much more.

Register for FREE


Leawood Chamber After Hours Networking Event

Overland Park Marriott
10800 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, Kansas
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Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

No cost to attend. Registration deadline is Monday, July 16 by 5:00 pm, so make sure you RSVP today.

Leawood Chamber members, their guests, and ‘future’ Chamber members are invited to join us at our After Hours event.

Register for Event


Thursday, July 19

KC Roundtable Breakfast Meeting

First Watch
1022 Westport Rd.
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 7:30am – 9:00am 

KC Roundtable is in existence to provide 20 and 30-something Kansas City entrepreneurs with a group of peers to support and collaborate on each others’ businesses.

Our mission is to:

  • Focus on relationship building; not lead generating.
  • Facilitate collaboration, openness, transparency, learning and teaching. 
  • Establish an entrepreneurial network.
  • Fill the void of not having the water cooler.

We meet on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month at our favorite location at First Watch in Westport. In addition to our morning meetings, KC Roundtable provides other opportunities to network with young entrepreneurs such as events like Just For Starters & After Hour events. Prospective members are self-motivated, curious, and open to learning and teaching. 

Register for Breakfast

More Information about KC Roundtable


Olathe Chamber Coffee meeting

Location this week:
Bank of the Prairie/151st Street 
18675 West 151st Street 
Olathe, KS 66062
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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.


KC Business Journal 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

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.

Registration for the Workshop


Johnson County Library’s Career Tour presented by New Landings

Central Resource Library
Carmack Community Room
9875 W. 87th St.
Overland Park, KS 66212 
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Free to attend.

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Looking for a job? Exploring career options? Johnson County Library has a wealth of resources to help you assess your skills, improve your resume, find job openings, research potential employers, locate job clubs and more. Learn about the resources on the Career and Job Resources webpage which include several career-related databases and tour the Central Resource Library.

Registration for Career Tour


LinkedIn’s Hidden Secrets Revealed Webinar

Time: Noon – 1:30pm CDT

As a job seeker, it is essential to maximize your LinkedIn profile in order to make the right impression on hundreds of thousands of recruiters and employers. It is also important to connect with other trusted LinkedIn members. Unfortunately, LinkedIn is not always the easiest site to navigate. New features appear without warning, old ones are often hard to find, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to connect with other members. This presentation will clue you in to some of LinkedIn’s hidden secrets so you don’t get stymied in your LinkedIn job search efforts.

Here’s some questions we will answer: 

  • How can I tell how many people have viewed my profile? 
  • How can I control my privacy settings? 
  • How do I create a custom URL? 
  • How do I add sections and applications? 
  • How do I use the Skills section? 
  • How do I add videos and graphics to my profile? 
  • How do I connect with a 3rd degree connection without using InMail? 
  • How do I use LinkedIn Signal? 

Register for FREE


Time Warner Cable Career Fair

Sheraton Overland Park Hotel
6100 College Boulevard
Overland Park, KS
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Time: Noon – 7:00pm

Time Warner Cable Inc. on Thursday will conduct seven hours of “speed interviews” for 30 direct-sales positions. Each candidate will get a 10-minute interview with a company sales manager.

Attendees should bring an updated resume and wear business clothes.


Personal Branding: What Is It and Why Does Everyone Keep Telling Me I Need A Personal Brand Workshop

New Landings HQ
11320 W. 79th St.
Lenexa, KS 66214
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Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Presented by Karen Silins, President and Owner of A+ Career & Resume, LLC.

Learn why a Personal Brand is important and strategies for developing yours from a multi-certified resume writer and career coach. From passion and purpose, abilities, strengths and achievements, values and goals, target audience, and how you want to be perceived, discover how a personal brand raises your credibility, increases your visibility, influences others in a positive way, and establishes value. You will learn why a personal brand is an integral part of any job search, career management plan, new company or established company strategy. Book and additional resource recommendations are provided.

Registration for the Workshop


KCK Chamber Business After Hours Networking Event

Kansas City Testing & Engineering 
1308 Adams Street
Kansas City, KS 66103
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Join the KCK Chamber and Kansas City Testing and Engineering for an evening of food, drinks, and great networking opportunities and check out their new offices. This event is free and open to the public.

More Information


Freelance Exchange of Kansas City Happy Hour

Maloney’s Sports Bar and Grill
7201 W 79th Street
Overland Park, KS 66204
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Join your fellow freelancers at Maloney’s Sports Bar and Grill in downtown Overland Park for a happy hour on Thursday, July 19. If it’s not too hot we’ll be hanging out on the patio.

Both members and non members are welcome. Spread the word!


Shawnee Chamber Business After Hours Event

Johnny’s Tavern Shawnee
13410 W 62nd Terrace
Shawnee, KS
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Shawnee Chamber members, their guests, and ‘future’ Chamber members are invited to join us at our Business After Hours event.


Friday, July 20

#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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