Check out our round-up of networking events in Fort Worth that can help you meet other local young professionals, entrepreneurs, and go-getters.
Bridging the gap between the old and the new is one of Fort Worth’s strengths. It’s home to the and the in the country. But it also has the and a thriving restaurant and bar scene.
Networking in Fort Worth is no exception.
These eight groups show that great things can happen when you combine Southern charm and conversation with online tools that make connecting with like-minded professionals easier than ever. ( to tweet this list.)
If your ideal networking experience involves a huge crowd of interesting people, a great location, and a free drink, then you should definitely sign up for the next Network After Work event in Fort Worth. These monthly networking mixers draw a huge crowd in each of the 40+ cities in the US where they’re hosted, and Fort Worth is no exception.
There’s no ongoing commitment with Network After Work. Each time you attend, you’ll pay $12 in advance, $15 at the door with an RSVP, or $20 at the door without a RSVP. In return, you’ll receive a free cocktail before 7:00 p.m., light appetizers from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., and a name tag color-coded by industry to help you identify potential connections.
TipClub Fort Worth is a traditional-style, business-focused networking meeting in the Fort Worth area. Because of its association with Sandler Training (many of the TipClub meetings nationwide are held at Sandler offices), these meetings are particularly great for anyone in a sales-focused job, regardless of overall industry. You’ll gain valuable connections and learn new strategies for making the most out of your career.
In-person meetings are free, and run from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Sales Mastery Consultants in Arlington on the last Friday of each month. TipClub also offers for round-the-clock connecting.
Synergy — in addition to being a hot Dilbert-style buzzword — refers to cooperation and interaction. It’s a pretty great networking word, and Synergy Fort Worth is a pretty great place to network. Synergy is a referral-based group, placing heavy emphasis on developing connections between professionals in related industries.
There is no cost to join Synergy, but the groups are limited to one member per industry. Fortunately, there are a couple of group locations. Synergy Lake Worth meets at Edge Coffeehouse, Synergy Keller meets at IHOP, and Synergy Fort Worth meets at Ol’ South Pancake House. More than a million dollars in has already been passed between Synergy members, so why wait?
This group’s motto is “There is great power in women networking together,” and they mean it. The free monthly networking dinners draw a huge crowd of enthusiastic, energetic women from a variety of industries. Rather than a typical presenter-focused structure, Women Coming Together meetings focus on getting to know the other group members. Each meeting includes a meal, time for casual conversation and , and an opportunity for each woman to share more about her business with the group.
The group meets at the Five Star Ford in North Richland Hills, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Attendance is free and includes dinner, and attendees are encouraged to bring a guest and a door prize.
Real Life Networking meets 2-3 times per month, on the first, third, and fifth Tuesdays of the month. Their goal is to connect professionals in the DFW community through face-to-face connections. focuses on building relationships, building business, building knowledge, and building up the community.
Meetings begin at 8:30 a.m., and are held at the Affiliated Bank Mortgage Company in Arlington. There is no membership cost, but a $5 fee for each meeting helps cover breakfast costs.
Everything is bigger in Texas, and the real estate market is no exception. Realtor.com recently named the Dallas Fort Worth area one of the . In markets like this, networking is a must for real estate professionals. The monthly educational luncheon put on by the Hispanic Real Estate Brokers Association is a great way to meet other members of the real estate industry and sharpen your real estate knowledge.
Meetings cost $5 for members and $15 for non-members. Meetings run from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at First Dixie Cafe in Pantego. You don’t have to be Hispanic or Latino to attend these great educational events — just interested in real estate and in improving minority access to housing.
As its name implies, Linking Together DFW North Texas is all about building connections — both in a traditional networking sense of connecting diverse professionals, and also in a newer sense — like using LinkedIn to develop stronger in-person networks. In addition to monthly in-person events, membership in Linking Together DFW includes admission to a 5,000+ member private LinkedIn group for professionals in the DFW area.
Evening meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at locations like NovaCopy, Abuelo’s Mexican Food, and Salerno’s. There is no cost to join through LinkedIn, and individual meetings typically cost $10. Linking Together DFW also offers occasional workshops in addition to monthly networking meetings.
Happy hour networking is connection-building at its simplest (and probably most fun): Show up. Have a couple of drinks. . Learn about what they do.
After Hours Happy Hour Networking has taken the concept and run with it, creating an easygoing group for Fort Worth-area professionals to drop in, mingle, and have a good time.
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Hummus Amongus in Bedford. There’s no ongoing membership cost or commitment, and the $2 meeting fee (yes, really just $2!) gets you three free drinks.
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