Live in Northern California? Expand your professional and social circles with networking events that will help connect you with new friends – and maybe even new colleagues.
Over time, Sacramento, California has become known as a great place for young professionals to find work and engage in the community. California’s capital city has not only been deemed America’s most diverse city in recent years, but the regional job market has also begun to grow, offering a multitude opportunities in fields often associated with the state’s larger cities.
Whether you’re into politics, the farm-to-fork movement, technology, marketing, health care, creative entrepreneurship or anything in between, there are plenty of networking events to help you widen your professional circles.
If you’re into social media (Twitter, in particular) and you’re looking to connect with others who love to interact both online and offline, this is the event for you. Held monthly, the SacTweetUp events are a wonderful way to meet people from various professional fields in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.
2. Sacramento’s Creative Class
Based on the premise that it takes an active community to build a great city, Sacramento’s Creative Class meet-up group offers a whole host of events including weekly bull sessions, workshops, mixers and more. At the events, you’ll meet talented individuals from all backgrounds and professional fields. Be ready to share what you know and learn from others.
3. Sacramento After Work
These monthly events are full of professionals from every background and professional field you can imagine. Not only that, you’ll be able to meet others at various levels in their careers. The events also meet at a new location each month, which means you’ll be able to check out a new Sacramento hot spot during each event.
Developers, programmers and coders unite at Sacramento’s HackerLab. If you’re interested in networking, sharing and learning with others as you work to build great web products, this is the best place to start. The lab hosts a full calendar of events that cover specific topics and it’s a great place to meet others in similar fields.
5. American Marketing Association Sacramento Valley
If marketing is at the core of your business or professional position, the events organized by the American Marketing Association Sacramento Valley (AMASV) are for you. Each event is developed under a specific theme and offered as both a learning and networking experience. Be sure to bring your business cards, active listening skills and your preferred method for note taking.
6. Sacramento Metro EDGE
As a branch of Sacramento’s Metro Chamber, Metro EDGE was developed to engage young leaders—under 40, to be precise—in the region. With everything from mixers and workshops to golf tournaments and community events, Metro EDGE is perfect for any young professional looking to participate in their larger community.
Produced by the Sacramento Business Journal, Connectionopolis offers professionals an opportunity to both network and learn from experts in various fields. The event is hosted monthly at various locations throughout the region. The event is a great way to both learn more about your industry and explore industries outside of a particular niche.
8. Sacramento Social Media Club
While the focus of the Sacramento Social Media Club is, of course, social and online media, the events cover a wide range of topics that can be applied to almost any field. If you’re looking to grow an online community or simple want to participate in the social media conversation, this is a great place to start.
Jennifer E. Snyder is a freelance writer, editor and podcast host based in Northern California. She shares stories of creative entrepreneurship, wellness, life’s adventures and everything in between. When she’s not working, she can be found giving in to her insatiable urge to travel and explore the world as much as possible.