Connection Groups

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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:

Young Professionals
Location: Virtual
Meeting time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  – inaugural kick-off meeting 12/8/2020!
Leader: Ellie Bonin eliseabonin@gmail.com
Criteria: Open to any member 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 tjulland@gmail.com and Stacia Vogel stacia.l.vogel@gmail.com
Criteria: Open to any member. Topics geared toward those with 10+ years experience. 

East Metro Community Group
Location: Saint Paul (currently virtual)
Meeting time: First Tuesday of the month, 7:00 a.m.
Leader: Ellen VanderLinden ellen.w.vanderlinden@gmail.com
Criteria: Open to any member living or working in the East Metro

Downtown Minneapolis Community Group
Location: Downtown Minneapolis (currently virtual)
Meeting time: First Wednesday of the month, Noon
Leader: Sarah Matsumoto smatsumoto521@gmail.com
Criteria: Work in downtown Minneapolis

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