Living and working in Phoenix? Add these networking events to your calendar to get further in your career.
Phoenix is a great place to live and work for young professionals. But don’t take our word for it — take the word of the many roundups who’ve ranked it among American cities.
It was named one of the 10 Happiest Cities for Young Professionals by , one of the Top 50 Bicycle-Friendly Cities in the U.S. by and one of the Top 50 Cities for Singles Looking for Love by .
If you’re a Phoenix resident looking to rank high in the , you’re in the right place for that, too. There are plenty of great events geared towards young professionals of all industries.
Check out these 14 great groups and events, which represent a mix of established, large-member groups and some fun and quirky up-and-comers. Whatever your career and social style, you’re sure to find an event that calls to you.
If you hate the pressure of formal networking events, you’ll enjoy the more relaxed atmosphere of the Phoenix chapter of Network After Work. Events are held on weeknights in fun locales like the Blue Martini lounge. Grab a cocktail, unwind and mingle at your leisure.
This group is all about fostering and cultivating a sense of community. GET (which stands for “growing / emerging / talent”) has three main focuses: connection to others, connection to community and connection to resources. If you’d like to be more involved in the Phoenix metropolitan scene, this is a great place to start.
The largest and most popular young professional’s Meetup group in Phoenix (with 2,400+ members), this group recognizes that your 20s and 30s can be one of the toughest times to make friends.
You’re working all the time, your old friends have scattered, you yourself may have moved to a new city. Meet new people and make new friends at one of the many events this group hosts, from hiking to concerts to game nights.
This group hosts a variety of events targeted towards those who prefer the social aspect of networking. NetParty Connect events combine cocktail hour, mingling and music in a low-pressure atmosphere.
Tech Night 2000 is geared towards workers. NetParty Social is a strictly fun event, and NetParty Turbo offers “speed dating for business contacts.”
Sick of the schmoozy, salesy types traditional networking events can attract? Then check out this group’s twice-monthly lunches, which “take the work out of networking.” Members come from a wide range of industries and include entrepreneurs, small business owners and 9-to-5ers.
Network with a wide range of businesswomen representing all industries and ages at this group’s events. Each month offers both a dinner and a lunch meeting to suit different schedules, and there’s a 14-day free trial so you can test it out and decide if membership is right for you.
If you’re in that middle ground between college and “settling down,” this group is a great place to find fun-loving young professionals in the same place in their lives. Members are singles and couples between the ages of 22 and 39 who don’t yet have children and are interested in making friends as well as business contacts. Events run the gamut from potlucks to happy hours to sporting events.
Run by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, this group caters to “up-and-coming professionals” between the ages of 25 and 39. With networking events, educational programs and volunteer projects, it aims to foster the next generation of Phoenix leaders.
Share your successes, struggles and stories with fellow startup founders and entrepreneurs. Learn from others and find inspiration from monthly special speakers — and have the chance to connect with your fellow movers and shakers.
Entrepreneurship can be a lonely road. Connect with others along all points of that road at TiE Arizona, a chapter of the global TiE International network that boasts 15,000 members across 14 countries.
TiE members are students, startup founders and large and small business owners. Events include lectures, workshops, career development opportunities and round-robin mentor chats that allow you to connect with fellow entrepreneurs and learn from those who’ve gone before you.
Whether you’re a graphic designer, photographer or Web developer, you’ll enjoy this group’s monthly breakfast lectures on topics ranging from freedom to the importance of play to shifting your money mindset. Enjoy a coffee and a pastry, take in a thought-provoking talk and spend some time connecting with your fellow creatives.
If you’re into volunteer work and community service, Young Nonprofit Professionals (or YNPN) Phoenix is for you. Its members are , government and community service workers and students who gather to learn more about how the nonprofit sector works and what they can do to support it.
Learn from business leaders and connect with other ambitious young professionals at these regular coffee Meetups “for executives and people who hope to be executives some day in high growth startups.” There’s no fee and no agenda, just the chance to trade ideas and advice.
If you’re sick of delivering your elevator pitch ad nauseum at networking events, this group’s unique format might be for you. At each monthly event, attendees have a 30-60 second opportunity to deliver a “commercial” for their business or practice.
This is followed by a round of speed networking, where you can do a brief (60-second) personal introduction to other members. There’s no fee and no category restrictions, so it’s definitely worth checking out.
Kelly Gurnett is a freelance blogger, writer and editor who runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits, where she documents her attempts to rid her life of the things that don’t matter and focus more on the things that do. Follow her on Twitter @CordeliaCallsIt.