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A network in progress

When I lived in Philly, I was a professional-level networker. As the Community Liaison for Venture for America (VFA) Philadelphia, I was responsible for establishing local VFA champions, setting up speaker series, and acting as a point person for local entrepreneurs who were interested in meeting and hiring VFA Fellows. With this volunteer position as my excuse, I felt confident setting up coffee dates weekly with local entrepreneurs, investors, and other startup types.
Networking through my job, while rare, is pretty easy, too. If I go to a conference and start talking graphene, heads turn. Except for a few instances where I received unwanted attention for being a young woman, rather than for being an engineer selling a cool idea, I’ve met great people at conferences, some who have stayed in touch and helped facilitate other business.
Networking for myself, however, is a whole different story.