As you go through your (hopefully realistic) resolutions and plan out how you’re going to accomplish your goals this year, there are some great networking opportunities coming up that you should definitely take advantage of. It will not only help you start things off on the right foot, but help keep those networking skills up to snuff, which should always be an ongoing goal. Here are a few events happening this month worth checking into.
WISH Things To Do
As always, the best place to start is right here. Our own latest Things To Do list details a wide variety of events and activities you can attend this month. Namely, the WISH Welcome Reception on January 15th from 6-8pm. Be sure to get all the details so that you can welcome in the new semester with style!
State of the Net
Put this one on your calender and star it. Check out the official event details to see why: “Attracting over 600 attendees annually, the State of the Net Conference provides unparalleled opportunities to network and engage on key policy issues. The State of the Net Conference is the largest information technology policy conference in the U.S. and the only one with over 50 percent Congressional staff and government policymakers in attendance. This conference is the only tech policy conference routinely recognized for its balanced blend of academics, consumer groups, industry and government. This year’s keynote includes FCC Chair Tom Wheeler, Dropbox Founder/CEO Drew Houston and many other notable speakers.” The event will be held on January 28th at Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Check their website for more details — stateofthenet.org
Live Your Legend Meetup is a monthly gathering (first Tuesday of every month in DC) that brings people together to “form a support team to hold us accountable to what matters in 2014 and beyond.” It may sound like a self-help group, but it isn’t. It’s a meeting designed to help you build on any ideas you might have about your career goals and where you see your path going. The organizers only ask that you “show up, be who you are, share what matters to you, be willing to support and encourage others and make some genuine connections.” The key word there is connections. This is a global event that brings people together from all walks of life and professions. So it’s worth your while to look into it. For more information about the meetings, check the Live Your Legend event details at meetup.com.
On Thursday, January 23 the Center for Data Innovation is holding their annual Data Innovation Day, the purpose of which is to help participants learn how policy can spur more data-driven innovation. The event is designed to “bring together experts from the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors to share ideas and perspectives on how data is transforming our economy and society.” There will also be a series of panel discussions, lightning talks, keynote presentations, and feature a technology expo where participants can see first-hand the benefits of data. And it’s all free of charge to boot. (Pun intended). The event will be located at the Reserve Officers Association, 1 Constitution Avenue Northeast. Be sure to check out datainnovationday.org for more details.
Networking is always a top priority, and knowing where the best networking opportunities are is often crucial to expanding your own network. The trick is to make it happen by planning, preparing and executing. Remember, Always Be Networking. So, get out there, walk your walk, talk your talk, and make 2014 the year that works for you.