Boston’s a new hip hub for tech, but offers networking opportunities for a variety of professions and interests.
Boston’s gaining a reputation for being the “new” Silicon Valley, and with 60 colleges and universities within a stone’s throw of Copley Square, the city is ripe for networking with smart professionals.
Whether you’re into tech, social justice, or helping a favorite cause in your free time, there’s a networking option for you. Get your business cards ready for events with these eight groups. ( to tweet this list.)
Polish your power suit and your elevator pitch before heading to one of Boston Networking Club’s monthly soirees. Events are hosted in upscale venues packed with up to 300 20-to-40-somethings, but members also get the chance to connect through a dedicated LinkedIn group.
This nonprofit hosts monthly product showcases where attendees can get up-close and personal with a selection of local startups. But it’s not just for investors — tech enthusiasts and wannabe developers are welcome as much as entrepreneurs. Be sure to come hungry. Not only are these monthly events free, but dinner’s on the house, too!
The Wonder Women do it all: bi-annual networking events, guest speakers on art and culture, and monthly coffee shop meetups. Those monthly meetups, called Sip+Shares, have a rotating host, varying locations, and are limited to just eight women — a real chance to get to know your neighbor. A sliding-scale membership ($20-$60 for individuals) offers early access to event registration, and students are welcome.
Trade in your tie for a tool belt, or your briefcase for a textbook. Boston Volunteers offers a variety of opportunities like serving at a soup kitchen, helping at nonprofit events, or tutoring at-risk students. There’s no commitment; just pick an activity listed and lend a helping hand alongside fellow of local professionals. You’ll come away with a smile on your face — and maybe a few business cards in your pocket.
“Drinking, cat eye glasses and throwing around css terms are not required, but are appreciated” in this group of tech- and science-savvy women. Monthly dinners feature guest speakers, interactive discussion, and plenty of cheer. You’ll leave with new contacts and a new confidence in letting your geek flag fly.
This group puts the “social” back in “social justice.” Alongside professional development events, online forums, and job listings, the group also hosts family friendly social events. You never know what connections a day at the beach might reveal. Event registration costs less than $20, and some social gatherings will just cost you $2.
From HR to PR to B2B marketing professionals, this group meetsbi-monthlyfor a mix of speed networking, professional development, and creative collaboration. Side hustlers are not only accepted, but also encouraged. With tickets under $20, you can take a break from burning the midnight oil to meet a few fabulous women.
Looking for a job, or thinking about your next career move? This group will help you brush up on your networking and job search skills as you make connections with fellow motivated locals. Monthly events are designed to help you fine-tune your networking techniques by trying them out on a welcoming crowd.
Lisa Rowan is a writer and editor in Washington, D.C. A frequent visitor to Boston, her favorite way to network is over cannolis in the North End.