Join Us for the
April Northern Virginia BENG Chapter Meeting!
Lori Muhlstein, Chief Expression Officer & Lisa Colten, Career Transition Coach & Consultant, will be presenting:
"Make the Most Out of Networking Events"
The value of networking itself is well known, however, preparing and participating in networking events will ultimately determine the level of success for individuals. Through facilitator and group discussion and some interactive activities, we will help participants feel more confident when participating and interacting when networking. During this meeting, we will cover the following broader topics:
- General networking tips
- The difference between 1:1 networking and "events".
- Preparing to network & perfecting your 45 second introduction (e.g. elevator speech).
- How to "work the room" during an event.
- Post event - what should you do?
About Lori Muhlstein: An accomplished trainer/facilitator, Lori helps people express themselves in fun, imaginative, and productive ways. Lori leverages her successful career in sales and corporate learning with a background in performing arts to integrate dramatic arts activities such as improv and role-play to create a fun and meaningful learning experience and produce more effective, productive communications that lead to results. Prior to starting Lorim Resources LLC, Lori held management positions in sales and training and development at Verizon Communications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of New York at Albany, and a Masters in Public Administration from American University in Washington, D.C.
About Lisa Colten: Lisa A. Colten is a versatile senior level Human Resources Leader/Consultant and Career Transition Coach/Consultant with extensive experience as a business partner identifying and solving complex organizational problems and issues. Lisa manages her own consulting practice- Éxzeto ( pronounced- EX-zee-to- accent on the first syllable) which means Success in Spanish. And that is what she is all about for her clients. Lisa also works for Lee Hecht Harrison, a global career transition firm. She facilitates executive networking teams in the DMV area. Her corporate experience includes HR leadership roles at American Express where she partnered with business leaders in multiple functions and business lines to drive and implement measurable change and achieve performance results.
The Northern Virginia chapter of the Business Executives Networking Group (BENG) is a multidiscipline, independent group of job seekers, those currently employed and business networkers, who are willing to help others. Current membership includes mid to senior level executives with over ten (10) years of business experience. Past attendees have come from the financial management, information technology, legal, manufacturing, engineering, transportation, logistics, distribution and general management industries. We actively seek new members from all disciplines.
BENG provides its members with:
- A supportive atmosphere of high-value, face-to-face networking opportunities
- Relevant professional contacts for the unemployed, employed and self-employed
- An emotionally supportive environment for those in career transition
- Education and assistance for those members desiring to build, maintain or expand their professional network
Networking meetings provide members with an opportunity to sharpen their networking skills, meet peers from various disciplines and share business opportunities and job leads.
WE WILL HOLD A SEAT FOR THE FIRST 20 PEOPLE THAT RSVP THEIR ATTENDANCE. If you ask us to hold a seat for you, please make every effort to attend.
How it works:
1. Each participant delivers an "elevator speech" letting the group know what type of job or specific business connection you are seeking.
2. The other participants share leads, connections and suggestions.ach participant delivers an "elevator speech" letting the group know what type of job or specific business connection you are seeking
What to bring to each meeting:
1. Bring 20 copies of a ONE-PAGER -- a single piece of paper -- featuring job history, skills, objectives and contact info. If you distribute this page at the start of your presentation, fellow attendees are much better able to deliver feedback and ideas.
2. Bring a “tent card” with your name to place in front of your seat (a folded 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper works great).
Originating in southern Pennsylvania, BENG is a voluntary association of business professionals founded on “Members Helping Members” for mutual benefit. Our dealings are based on honesty, good faith, and mutual respect. The Northern Virginia Chapter launched in October of 2013.
When & Where
FranNet of Virginia and BENG
Your Meeting Facilitator Heather Rosen
Heather is the President of FranNet of Virginia, part of a leading franchise advisory and development services firm with over 50 offices worldwide. She is also an attorney who previously advised small and medium sized businesses including sole proprietors on contractual matters, mergers and acquisitions, litigation strategy, corporate structure, bankruptcy matters, and real estate acquisitions and refinancings. In 2001, Heather became an in-house consultant to large, international law firms based in Washington, DC, advising partners and firm management on strategic planning, client targeting, marketing budget allocation, and proposal writing.
Heather left the legal services industry in 2009 to open FranNet of Virginia, extending FranNet’s reach and expanding her family’s 15 year old franchise consulting business.
As a franchise consultant for FranNet, Heather works with clients in Northern, Central and Western Virginia and Washington, DC. She also conducts franchise educational seminars throughout the region. Seminars are conducted in partnership with career transition agencies, Small Business Development Centers, SCORE offices, the US military, and federal, state and county government agencies. Heather is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and the Temple University Beasley School of Law.
About Business Executive Networking Group (BENG)
The BENG is a multidiscipline, independent group of job seekers, those currently employed and business networkers, who are willing to help others. Current membership includes mid to senior level executives from financial management, information technology, legal, manufacturing, engineering, transportation, logistics, distribution and general management, to name a few of the disciplines. We actively seek new members from all disciplines as we have found that such diversity benefits all members.
We are an all volunteer group with an annual membership fee of $35, and there is an expectation that you will help other members. Current membership is over 600, of whom approximately 50% are employed, 10% are self-employed and 40% are unemployed.
We hold monthly meetings the second Wednesday of each month from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. The meeting’s objective is to give each member an opportunity to continually hone their networking skills, meet their peers from various disciplines, share business opportunities and job leads and develop networking opportunities.
Each attendee gets a chance to deliver their two-minute elevator speech, share recent successes and failures, present their networking requests, discuss their job search questions and any concerns they may be struggling with, and apprise the group of any new searches, requests, etc. that they have become aware of.
The essential document that members bring to any meeting is the “one pager”. This provides the members’ contact information at the top, followed by a brief overview of their background, and finally their target company list. This is handed out to the attendees just before the member makes their presentation, thus helping the attendees to provide the member with targeted assistance and advice.