Want to meet people in Houston, Texas? Here’s a list of some of the city’s best networking events.
We’ve dubbed February “Get Off Your Butt and Network Month”! If you or your organization are interested in hosting your own online networking event,
Austin isn’t the only place to trade business cards in Texas. Houston offers plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle with its growing professional crowd.
So slap on a name tag and get ready to work the room at one of these events. ( to tweet this list.)
Houston’s Texas Young Professionals chapter welcomes 20- to 40-somethings from every industry. This group offers professional development and community service opportunities alongside regularly scheduled socials. Crave a midday learning opportunity? Sign up for a monthly Marketplace Houston roundtable discussion, where lunch is included with admission.
Grab a color-coded name tag on your way in, and you’ll find others from your industry in a flash. Bi-monthly networking nights provide a regular opportunity to meet other professionals while visiting new and noteworthy Houston hotspots. Grab your ticket online before the event and score a sweet discount on your entry fee.
From law and business to medicine and education, this nonprofit supports young professionals along with causes that boost the local and international African community. A regular schedule of traditional networking events is accented by more relaxed gatherings that involve trivia or a charitable cause.
Get ready for an adventure! NetParty events feature big crowds, swanky settings and unexpected twists. Grab a friend from a different industry and shake off the workday at events that feel more social than professional. Perhaps the best part is the promise that the tunes will never be too loud for conversation.
This group is serious about tech startups. Before trying the Houston Lean Startup Circle’s monthly presentation and discussion, try the Startup Happy Hour. There’s no cover, so you’ll be a regular in no time.
Start your day with caffeine and conversation with Houston’s entrepreneurial crowd. The Support Local Grow Together Coffee Club meets monthly and welcomes business owners, investors and anyone who wants to support the local economy. If you own or work for a small business, don’t sleep in on this one.
Membership’s not required, and monthly happy hour networking nights offer free admission. If your work involves marketing, you’ll want to meet up with this group. If you make friends fast, consider membership for access to industry training sessions and members-only events.
This worldwide group is specific to the energy industry, but there’s a nice variety of events to fit every Houston-area personality. Attend networking happy hours, evening events focusing on women in energy or sign up for a community service event. It’s hard to resist volunteering for events like a cleanup called the Trash Bash!
Lisa Rowan is a writer and editor in Washington, D.C. At networking events, she’s the one wearing at least three name tags, just for fun.