Young Professional Twin Cities Communicators: Potential Networking Group?

This post is primarily directed towards the 20-somethings in the Twin Cities working, or trying to work, in communications. I’d love your feedback on this so please feel free to comment or shoot me an e-mail.

I’ve been on a major networking kick recently and started to think about how many awesome connections I’ve made in the last few months.  I’ve met and talked with people from a wide range of industries that have helped me both professionally and personally. I really wish I had started to do this sooner.

So it got me thinking about groups of people that I want to meet but haven’t yet. And the biggest group I could think of were people like me. People who work in communications and are in the beginning stages of their careers. It seems to me that there isn’t really a venue to connect with other young professionals in the Twin Cities who are interested in public relations, journalism, marketing, advertising, or communications.

I know there are groups like PRSA and IABC – both hugely popular associations that I hope to be a part of real soon. But the thing with those are that they aren’t cheap to join and they aren’t directly focused on the young professional. Don’t get me wrong, being a part of a group with seasoned vets in your industry is wildly appealing and beneficial on so many levels.

But right now, I’d love to hear how others my age are doing professionally when it comes to job searching, dealing with timely issues, learning about agency vs. corporate life, etc.

What could be the benefits of a group like this? Meeting people, of course. But also learning about the different corners of communications. Public relations, journalism, marketing, and advertising people work together all the time in the real world. Wouldn’t it be nice to establish relationships with people in those fields now and make our lives easier in the future?

So my question to all you young Twin Cities communicators: Would a group with a focus like this be appealing to you?

Maybe there’s a group already out there that I’ve completely missed. If that’s the case – please let me know!

But if not, would people be interested in figuring out a time and place to meet? I’m thinking on a weekday for a happy hour-ish thing?

If there’s enough interest, I’m willing to organize something and get back to those people. So please comment, tweet, or e-mail me any feedback, ideas, or suggestions! 

Thanks, peeps. :-)

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    Antoine LaFromboise
    November 23, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Hey Katie,

    I agree that a group like this is needed in the Twin Cities. That’s why I’ve just formed a young professionals committee withnin IABC. We’re still in the planning phases, but are planning on two events in the first half of 2010.

    There’s no reason at all there can’t be two groups, but I’d be happy to talk to you about the vision of this young professionals group. The good news is you don’t have to be an IABC member to come (though IABC members will get a reduced rate).

    E-mail, call, e-mail if you’d like to discuss.


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    Amanda Greene Guentzel
    November 23, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I love this idea. I would be interested in being a part of a group like this.

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    Allison Janney
    November 23, 2009 at 11:04 am

    As a (very) young pro, I would be interested. Like you, am aware there is a plethora of events around the TC with similar focus but not exactly same thing. Would prefer to meet monthly versus weekly. There is the TCHappyHour organized each month too. Have you checked that out?

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      November 23, 2009 at 11:14 am

      Yes, I’m definitely thinking it could be a monthy thing opposed to weekly. I do know about TCHappyHour, it’s a great concept. But I think I’d be more interested in a group more focused on the communications industry.

      Thanks for your comment!

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    Alyssa Bronikowski
    November 23, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Hi Katie!

    I’m not from Minn. but this is a great idea! Our PRSA Chicago Chapter has a Young Professionals Network, and although you need to join PRSA to reap all the benefits, anyone is able to attend their events- even students!

    They have two events a month, one workshop that focuses on PR related topics and then one social where they are able to sit back and talk PR.

    If this is something you are very interested, I would say go for it- if I’m ever in Minn. I will definitely attend an event .

    Love the Blog!

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      November 23, 2009 at 11:19 am

      Thanks for the comment, Alyssa! I am not a member of PRSA yet but hope to be within the next few months. They’ve put on some pretty cool events recently here in the Twin Cities. My thought for this group would that it would be free, open to people from all areas of communications, and super casual. We’ll see what happens!

      Oh and LOVE your blog layout 😉

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    Desarae A. Veit
    November 23, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    You may want to check out AdFed 2. You should also contact @ivesdigital and @nextdooragent they created a GenY happy hour group at one time and would be good to include those people. Good luck and keep me posted if you start this.

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    November 24, 2009 at 11:30 am

    As I said on Twitter, I’d be very interested in this. I’m about to let my membership at an association slide b/c I haven’t made use of it in the last year.

    Something simple and communications-focused is exactly what I’m looking for. Based on the reaction, it appears others are, too.

    Perhaps those interested in assisting with the creation of the club you’re proposing could gather for an initial meeting?


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      November 24, 2009 at 11:37 am

      Great. I’m excited to see there are others who think there is a need for a group like this. Once Thanksgiving is over, I’ll start reaching out to people and hopefully get this thing going!

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    Susan Garcia
    November 24, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I would really enjoy something like this! I also am interested in networking but just can’t afford to join a major network yet. I loved NSAC in college because it allowed me to meet young college students like me who were all driven communications students. Now as a young professional, I’d like to meet those who are just starting out and are still just as driven. Great idea :)

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      November 24, 2009 at 11:39 am

      Yes, I’m in the same boat as you! It looks like there is enough interest to put something together. I’ll start reaching out to people within the next couple weeks once the Thanksgiving holiday is over. Would love to meet and chat with you! Thanks, Susan :-)

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    Diane Tran
    December 2, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Hey Katie! Sorry I’m late to weigh in on this but I’d stumbled across this group which doesn’t necessarily cater to young professionals but has a women-focused bent: @MWMCorg. For nonprofit folks, there’s this monthly communications gathering:

    Neither are quite what you’re describing but I find it helpful to know about all the groups within the realm of influence when trying to map out what resources already exist in a community. I think it’s great you’ve identified what you’re looking for and hope you’ll find it amongst some of the suggestions above or have fun working with others to create just the right thing.


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      December 2, 2009 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks, Diane! I will definitely have to check out that group. I do want to get a better sense for what other groups are out there so that really helps!

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    Alake Faith
    October 18, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Am really interested in all this that you talk about, but am leaving very far away, plz if anyone could help, what benefits can i get despite of my being far away from all this location you’ve all been dicussing

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    Alake Faith
    October 18, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Am really interested in all this that you talk about, but am leaving very far away, plz if anyone could help, what benefits can i get despite of my being far away from all this location you’ve all been dicussing

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