Being in a small group is one of the best ways to make the most of your IABC membership. Connection Groups create space for regular conversations with fellow members to discuss work and career-related topics, brainstorm ideas, and support each other in career and professional development.
In the “IABC Minnesota 2020 survey,” 93% of you spoke to the importance of networking and said that you “would consider being part of a small group of communicators that meets virtually every month for networking, best practice sharing, etc.”
Participants often describe their small group experience as invaluable! Group members are able to turn to fellow group members for guidance in career decisions, workplace dynamics or professional challenges.
Start a new group!
Are you a natural connector? Do you want to be part of a small group but there isn’t one in your area? Consider forming a new Connection Group!
IABC MN is looking for new leaders who are willing to establish Connection Groups in different areas throughout Minnesota. We have developed a turn-key meeting structure that can be referenced and used by new groups (as desired) as you begin to meet.
To learn more about establishing a new Connection Group, contact Connection Director Kristina Wright kwrightMN@gmail.com.
Join an existing group
IABC MN offers a variety of small group opportunities for members. Groups are typically held monthly either virtually, face-to-face or a combination of both, for about one to two hours. Structure and facilitation of groups vary.
To learn more about existing groups, contact the group leader below or reach out to Connection Director Kristina Wright kwrightMN@gmail.com
Active Connection Groups:
Location: resuming in-person meetings (specific location TBD)
Meeting time: Second Tuesday of the month, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Leader: Ellie Bonin firstname.lastname@example.org
Criteria: Open to both IABC members AND non-members with less than 10 years career experience
West Metro Mastermind
Location: St. Louis Park (currently virtual)
Meeting time: Third Friday of the month, 7:30 a.m.
Leader(s): Trace Ulland email@example.com
Criteria: Open to any IABC member. Topics geared toward those with 10+ years career experience.
East Metro Community Group
Location: Saint Paul (alternating between virtual and in-person every other month)
Meeting time: First Tuesday of the month, 7:00 a.m.
Leader: Ellen VanderLinden firstname.lastname@example.org
Criteria: Open to any IABC member living or working in the East Metro
Downtown Minneapolis Community Group
Location: Downtown Minneapolis (resuming in-person meetings)
Meeting time: First Wednesday of the month, Noon
Leader: Sarah Matsumoto email@example.com
Criteria: Open to any IABC member working in downtown Minneapolis
Corporate Connection Group
Location: Currently virtual
Meeting time: Second Wednesday of the month, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Leader: Leonard Pesheck
Criteria: Open to any IABC member working in a corporate setting.