Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of Sept. 10-16

Below are the networking events for the week of September 10-16 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 ““5 Tips to Getting Six Figure Jobs,” “Functional Resumes – Advantages,” “Utilization Of Your New Portfolio,” and “Collect, Select and Design Your Portfolio.” 


Monday, September 10

Launch KC Press Conference with Networking Event Afterwards

1740 Main St.
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 3:00pm (Social Hour afterwards)

Presenters: Mayor Sly James, Pete Fullerton (President/CEO of Economic Development Corporation), Paul Viahos (CEO iMatte), Ron Coker (Chairman of the Board Downtown Council), and Mike Burke (President/CEO of Hershey, PC and Co-Chair of Mayors’ Bi-State Innovation Team)

Launch KC is a Kansas City, MO strategic initiative designed to attract and develop IT entrepreneurs and professionals to the thriving information technology community in the Crossroads Arts District and throughout greater Downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

Join us for a Social Hour after the press conference at Snow & Company at 1815 Wyandotte Street. 


Monday Geek Night

Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen
1526 Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

What is Monday Geek Night? It is a weekly Monday night gathering of geeks who enjoy topics including, but not limited to, application and web development (code of all kinds), entrepreneurship, gaming, marketing, design, movies, the current state of all things tech, and usually beer and other cocktails. This Meetup is very much unstructured – feel free to come and geek out on just about ANYTHING. Laptops more than welcome.

Register for Event


#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, September 11

What You Don’t Know Could Hurt Your Next Career Move Webinar

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm CDT

Come get the competitive edge and learn what mistakes not to make. As a results coach and a recruiting professional, I’ve learned it’s not always the most qualified person who gets the job. How well do you think you are doing on your job search? Are you making mistakes? 

In this presentation, we are going to break it down so you can learn the COMMON MISTAKES made by job seekers and more importantly how to get it right so you are a top candidate. I have helped place thousands of people in jobs they love, and I want to assist you so you too can land your dream job. Come ready to learn and be inspired as this will give you the confidence you need to kick your job search into “high gear”. 

Register for FREE


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

Cost: $10.00 for visitors

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

Cost: $10.00 for visitors

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


Second Tuesday Northeast Johnson County Chamber Games

Sully’s Pub
5436 Johnson Drive
Mission, KS
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Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Free to attend.

Join the NEJC Chamber at Sully’s Pub the second Tuesday of each month for Chamber Games! This is a unique networking event that you will not want to miss.

Contact Lauren Vaughan at or 913-262-2141 for more information. 

Register for Event


Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Monthly Gathering

The Cashew
2000 Grand Blvd.
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.


Power Chics Garden Party Gathering

24 W. Bridlespur Drive,
Kansas City, MO 64114
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Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Cost: $20 in advance. $25 at the door.

Join the Power Chics for wine and appetizers in Carolyn’s wonderful backyard. Her pool is surrounded by magnificent gardens. Mix and mingle with Power Chics members and prospective members.

Register for Event


Kansas Feet Up Network Meeting

Sharks Billards
10320 Shawnee MIssion Pkwy
Shawnee, KS
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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.

There usually is 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.


Wednesday, September 12

Power Chics Power Coffee Meeting

Gusto! Coffee Bistro
Southwest Fascination Drive
Lee’s Summit, MO
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Time: 8:00am – 9:00am

The Power Chics Power Coffee is a new venue for the person who prefers to meet in the morning. We will meet at 8 AM and get to know each other with introductions and  a discussion topic.

Power Chics is a personal growth organization, developed by women and for women. Power Chics is dedicated to helping “chics” from all professional arenas grow and develop, both personally and professionally. Come see what we are about. 

Please do register for this event so we have an idea of how many to expect.

Register for Event


Overland Park Chamber of Commerce Wednesday Wake Up – Networking Event

Aloft Leawood-Overland Park
11620 Ash Street
Leawood, KS
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Time: 8:00am – 9:00am

Cost: $5.00 for non-members

This event is co-sponsored by Dean and Deluca! Start your work day off right by networking with your business colleagues at Wednesday Wake-up. You’ll enjoy casual mingling, delicious breakfast foods provided by Dean and Deluca, brief chamber updates and the opportunity to win fabulous door prizes!

More Information and How to Register


1 Million Cups Program for Entrepreneurs

Kauffman Labs
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation created 1 Million Cups (1MC) as a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in the Kansas City community. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local upstarts an opportunity to present their companies to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs.

The program takes place every Wednesday morning from 9:00-10:00am in Kauffman Labs. So if you’re interested in being involved with the 1 Million Cups program sign up, show up, help someone startup by offering your thoughts, questions, and advice.

This week: Ruxter and Homes for Hackers will present. 

Ruxter offers mobile websites and Homes for Hackers mission is to further the business community in Kansas City by offering 3 months of rent-free, Google Fiber-connected startup space to entrepreneurs, provided by volunteer KC homeowners.

More Information on September 12 Program


Market Immersion Meetings

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

Cost: $10.00 for visitors

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

Cost: $10.00 for visitors

Register for Wednesday Afternoon Meeting


LinkedIn for the Job Seeker Webinar

Time: 11:00am – Noon CDT

Learn strategies and best practices to leverage LinkedIn at every stage of your job search.

Lindsey Pollak, bestselling career advice author and LinkedIn spokesperson, will show you how to:

  • Build a profile that attracts recruiters and hiring managers
  • Find more opportunities by expanding your professional network
  • Send your resume to the top of the applicant list
  • Learn about the features included with Job Seeker Premium

Register for FREE


Five Things Recruiters Expect on a LinkedIn Profile Webinar

Time: Noon– 1:00pm CDT

Presenter: J.T. O’Donnell from CareerHMO

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • 5 things recruiters expect to see on your profile – or they won’t call you
  • How to create a profile in 30 minutes that will increase your chance of being called by a recruiter
  • Mistakes you’re making (and may not realize) that are telling a recruiter NOT to contact you
  • Proactive measures you can take to get the attention of recruiters in your industry

Register for FREE


How to Research and Impress Hiring Companies Webinar

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm CDT

Join Kathy Bernard for this free training session to learn surprisingly effective ways to discover useful information about hiring companies so that you can impress them in your application materials and interviews.

In this FREE 60 minute training, you will discover:

  • Whether a hiring company is thriving or dying
  • What’s on the minds’ of its top executives
  • How to reach the hiring manager
  • What kind of people the company tends to hire
  • Who you know who could influence your hiring there
  • The salary ranges for key positions
  • How to learn about recent departures and the very latest job postings
  • What current employees have to say about the place

Register for FREE


Nonprofit Job Club Meeting

KCPT Community Room
KCPT – Public Television 19, Inc.
125 East 31st Street
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Held in Nonprofit Connect Conference Room, located in the KCPT building at 125 E. 31st Street (under the big red tower).

Please park in the two lots directly north and across 31st Street from the station, leaving the main lot for staff and handicapped visitors.

Ron Cooley will show us everything from the basics and how to use LinkedIn, to the professional strategies individuals should know in leveraging this tool in their job search. His experience includes communications, marketing, training, and client services in eight different industries, and has been using LinkedIn for the past six years.

Come and learn valuable tips on how to use LinkedIn to enhance your job search strategy.

The Nonprofit Job Club connects job seekers to the Kansas City nonprofit community.  

  • Refresh your jobseeking skills
  • Learn more about the nonprofit sector
  • Network to gain new contacts

No registration is required. This event is free.


KCNext and Arsalon Technologies Exclusive Networking Event & Open House

Arsalon Technologies Corporate Office
Pine Ridge Business Park
10605 W. 84th Terrace
Lenexa, KS
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Enjoy complimentary cocktails, appetizers and live jazz while networking with C-level executives and tech professionals from KC’s business community. The open house will feature an art auction to benefit the Kansas City Autism Training Center.



Rotaract KC Launch Party

Boulevard Brewery – The Tasting Room
2501 Southwest Blvd 
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Cost: $5.00

Join us for the Rotaract KC Launch Party at the Boulevard Brewery to answer these questions and any other you might have! Meet the Charter Committee and other young movers and shakers in the Kansas City professional community. 

Who is Rotaract KC? 21-30 year old professionals who are community oriented, leader, looking to develop their career and enjoy doing service with other like-minded people.

6-6:30: Networking and Boulevard Beers
6:30-7: Welcome and Program
7-8:       Networking and Feedback

Register for Event


Kansas City Web Management Networking Night

O’Dowd’s Little Dublin Irish Ale House and Pub
4742 Pennsylvania Ave 
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Free to attend.

Come meet other Webmasters in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy the free food and drinks. All registrants will receive a website review detailing issues on your website, complements of Siteimprove.

Register for Event


Thursday, September 13

Thinking Bigger Business Media’s BIG Breakfast Event

Union Station
Greater Kansas City Chamber Board Room
30 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO
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A four-level parking garage is located immediately to the west of Union Station. Registered guests at the BIG Breakfast will receive a validated ticket for free parking.

Time: 7:30am – 9:00am

Cost: $20 (includes breakfast buffet)

Networking, Breakfast, Panel Discussion and Q&A

Learn from the insights and experiences of the successful entrepreneurs featured on covers of Thinking Bigger Business magazine: Miranda Coggins, The Lano Company; Robert Rebori, Bio-Microbics; Susan Brown, Brightergy & Leroy Shatto, Shatto Milk Company.

More Information and to Register


Six Simple Steps to Leveraging Your C-Suite Status Webinar

Time: 8:00am – 9:00am CDT

Today’s executive is a multi-million dollar brand. You’ve spent years developing your “business-of-one” into a well-known entity amongst the business elite.

Unfortunately, while you were busy creating, saving and growing successful companies, times changed. The traditional methods to marketing your business expertise have been replaced with new, cutting-edge approaches.

Join Career Media and Executive Branding Expert,J.T. O’Donnell for a webinar that will outline how today’s busy executive can leverage marketing 2.0 techniques to find the opportunities they want and deserve.

In this 60-minute session, Ms. O’Donnell will:

  • Explain how social media is the “new normal” in executive branding.
  • Break down the steps necessary to create a respectable brand online.
  • Share examples of how to use authority marketing techniques to network your way to a new opportunity.

Register for FREE


Olathe Chamber Coffee meeting

Location this week:
Prairie Highlands Golf Course 
14695 Inverness Street 
Olathe, KS
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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.


How to Effectively Communicate with 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


#MWChat on Twitter: Myths, Realities, and Benefits of Networking for Young People

Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm CDT

Professional networking is a crucial element of a successful job search, especially for tech-savvy Generation Y job seekers. However, many students and recent grads believe that they don’t yet have any valuable contacts to add to their network – one of the many myths we will dispel during this #MWchat.

As lines have increasingly become blurred between the personal and professional, how can young people maintain a professional online presence? How should young people build a network online or approach networking in person? How can job seekers engage their network for assistance in their job search?

Here is how you can participate in this chat:
1. Search for hashtag #MWChat on Twitter when the chat starts at 6pm CDT.
2. Introduce yourself when the chat begins.
3. Read, ask questions, comment, re-tweet. Participate!

You can also follow the #MWChat by visiting the Monster Facebook page once the chat begins. 


Friday, September 14

#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.


September KCSEM (Kansas City Search Engine Marketing Association) Lunch Event

Tomfooleries Restaurant (upstairs)
612 West 47th Street
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 11:30am

Connect with fellow Kansas City online marketers on Friday, September 14th at 11:30 am at Tomfooleries on the Plaza, for an informal lunch meetup hosted by the Kansas City Search Engine Marketing Association. There is no cost for attendance. Whether you’re new to online marketing or a grizzled vet, KCSEM events are a great way to network and talk shop about the trends and tactics of SEO, PPC, Social Media, and the rest of the search landscape.


Upcoming Events/Workshops

Thursday, September 20 or Saturday, September 22

Exclusive “Weeks Not Months” Executive Job Search Workshop

Sign up today as seats are filling up fast!

Thursday, September 20: 5:30pm – 9:30pm or Saturday, September 22: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Cost: $495.00

Taught by Tammy Kabell, founder and CEO of Career Resume Consulting, an executive career firm that is nationally known for helping six figure clients land jobs fast and shave months off their searches. 

This in-person, half day workshop will give you the resources, tools and skills to consistently attract more employers and win your next position in a matter of weeks, and not the 10-14 month national average. This is information that, until now, Tammy has only shared with her one-on-one executive search clients. We don’t talk philosophy or theory in this workshop; this is all hands-on step-by-step instruction you can begin to use immediately to completely change your search results.

This workshop is for you if…you’ve just started looking for a new position because you’ve been laid off, or you’ve seen the writing on the wall at your current company, or have decided to make a move up in your career to find a job that you’ll love and that will pay you what you’re worth. This workshop is also great for professionals who are qualified for a six-figure position and have been looking for months, but are not satisfied with the results they have been getting.

In this workshop you’ll get an email containing preparation material first. You’ll think through several things key to conducting an effective search for a six-figure position; how you introduce yourself, what are your core strengths, identifying your liabilities, how you network, and a few other things. You’ll actually write some personal marketing materials before the workshop and take action on an initial job search checklist. Then, in the workshop, we’ll spend the whole time working individually with you on the material you’ve prepared beforehand.

You will also get:

  • One evening or one morning/early afternoon of interactive instruction.
  • All workshop materials.
  • Actual critique and feedback on your elevator pitch, answers to interview questions and strategic networking plans.
  • Dinner or breakfast and refreshments on breaks.

More Info and How to Register


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