On October 29 in Toronto, we were delighted to co-host a women’s networking event in partnership with the Herrmann Group. The event included attendance of over 80 senior professionals, plus representatives from an array of fashion, makeup and design companies, and a spread of cocktails and appetizers. We also presented information on professional image, plus an exciting announcement on our new coaching program. The stage was set for a dynamic evening of networking, professional learning, and a lot of fun!
Who, What, and Where
To ensure a successful event, start with a great location. We were grateful to be welcomed into Freda’s, a Toronto-based boutique clothing store. The event continued to unite professional image with business networking through special demonstrations and offers from local companies: Josephson Opticians displayed their fresh line of sunglasses, while Salon Solis and Freda’s worked their magic with onsite makeovers. Representatives from Bobbi Brown also helped our participants look their best with makeup tutorials (where subtle yet significant skills can really make a difference!). And of course, no networking event is complete without cocktails and appetizers – and our event additionally featured coffee and tea samples courtesy of Mars Drinks.
Our presentations kicked off with help from our emcee, Lorna Dueck. As the Executive Producer and President of Media Voice Generation and “Context With Lorna Dueck,” Lorna had a strong and charismatic presence in front of our audience. Corporate Class Inc. then took the stage as Diane presented on choosing appropriate clothing with the right fit – an apt topic for our fashionable location. Finally, alongside the Herrmann Group we shared an exciting announcement: a new joint program on Executive Performance Coaching. With Corporate Class focusing on individual presence and the Herrmann Group’s attention to business outcomes, this partnership is promising for both organizational and individual success.
Before, during, and after these demonstrations and presentations, the 80 women attending were able to meet one another, discuss ideas, share thoughts, and make lasting business connections. After all, what’s a networking event without plenty of time to network?
Why Networking Matters
Our event provided an opportunity for professional women to get together and network. Though this particular event took place in Toronto on only one evening, it does not mean that there aren’t dozens of similar opportunities happening all the time in any city! Networking is key to any professional’s success, and we encourage you to find an event where you can meet like-minded individuals and build strategic connections.
Some professionals find networking to be daunting: navigating a room filled with unfamiliar faces can sound intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be: when you are well prepared to enter a room of new contacts, it can be easy and even fun to meet new people. Refer to some of our blog resources on successful networking, including how to join a group already deep in conversation, how to work a room, and how to navigate the business cocktail party. Now go out there and practice – and we look forward to meeting you at our next event!