Upcoming Events

HOLD THE DATE: The Six Types You Need in Your Network: Weaving a Network that Works for You

Date: September 17, 2018

Does networking feel overwhelming? Do you wish there was a better way of figuring out who you need to know? To focus your activities so networking feels less haphazard and more strategic?

Studies of high performer networks and network science shows us that all networks are not created the same. People with stronger networks have six specific types represented in their networks, including mentors, sponsors, truth tellers, and gatekeepers. Learn about these four types—and the other two types you need—in this engaging, interactive session. Along the way, we’ll bust some popular myths, like the best people to have in your network are the ones you don’t have yet and one mentor is enough, and we’ll have fun doing it.  

Participants Take Away

  • Understanding of the six types everyone needs in their network
  • Assessment of how well represented those types are in their network
  • Next steps for filling network gaps and finding people to play missing roles

 

Sampling of Past Events

Join SWEP-MA for Networking for Introverts

Date: May 10, 2018

Bust the Myths, Avoid the Awkwardness, and Weave Valuable Connections

Some of us will never enjoy walking into a room of strangers and making connections. Does that mean we’re doomed professionally? Not at all!

In this webinar, we learn about the science behind networking and how that science can help engineers, technologists, and introverts make connections successfully and strategically. We draw on insights from researchers and practitioners in the social sciences and business to learn about the networking practices of high performers. We dispel the myth that people who want strong networks should never eat alone and, instead, we learn about the simple actions that significantly contribute to the health of your network.

Participants Take Away:

  • Insight into some of the science behind networking
  • Understanding of several notorious network traps and how to escape them
  • A roster of networking practices well suited for introverts
  • A first pass analysis of individual network strengths and gaps

Cost:

  • $30 – SWEP Members
  • $45 Non-members

5:30-6:00 pm Registration & Networking
6:00-7:30 pm Presentation
7:30-8:00 pm Optional Networking

A light dinner will be served.

“It’s About People” at the 2018 Mass Cultural Council Institute

Date: March 17, 2018

“It’s About People” at the 2018 Mass Cultural Council Institute

Inspire. Connect. Empower.

Join us at the free, inaugural Mass Cultural Council Institute on March 17 at the DCU Center in Worcester.

Connect with peers and city and town leadership from every corner of the Commonwealth.

Together we’ll unleash The Power of Culture.

Partnering Resources founder Maya Townsend will speak on a panel entitled “It’s About People”:

Organizations large and small go through growing pains, and managing the process can be overwhelming. Transitions and partnerships are key components to the success and sustainability of organizations. This session will give you practical information on how to manage transitions, create a plan and communicate that plan to the necessary parties to ensure a smooth hand-off.

Smarter Networking 101

Date: January 26, 2018

Bust the Myths, Avoid the Awkwardness, and Weave Valuable Connections

Have you ever wondered why networking feels so difficult? Why you struggle to get the results you want?

The answer is easy: what we know as networking was designed for extroverts and salespeople. Luckily, it’s not the only way. The New Networking draws on the science of networks to uncover methods that work. Real, practical methods of developing and sustaining the relationships you need to be successful.

In this webinar, we learn about the science behind networking and how that science can help you make connections successfully and strategically. We draw on insights from researchers and practitioners in the social sciences and business to learn about the networking practices of high performers. We dispel the myth that people who want strong networks should never eat alone and, instead, we learn about the simple actions that significantly contribute to the health of your network.

Participants Take Away:

  • Insight into some of the science behind networking
  • Understanding of the three networks everyone needs and how to develop them
  • A roster of effective networking practices to use when you don’t feel like going to an open networking event
  • A first pass analysis of your network’s strengths and gaps

Networking for Introverts: Bust the Myths, Avoid the Awkwardness, and Weave Valuable Connections

Date: December 12, 2017

Some of us will never enjoy walking into a room of strangers and making connections. Does that mean we’re doomed professionally? Not at all!

In this webinar, we learn about the science behind networking and how that science can help engineers, technologists, and introverts make connections successfully and strategically. We draw on insights from researchers and practitioners in the social sciences and business to learn about the networking practices of high performers. We dispel the myth that people who want strong networks should never eat alone and, instead, we learn about the simple actions that significantly contribute to the health of your network.

Participants Take Away:

  • Insight into some of the science behind networking
  • Understanding of several network traps and how to escape them
  • A roster of networking practices well suited for introverts
  • A first pass analysis of individual network strengths and gaps

The Art and Science of Networking

Date: September 27, 2016

Does networking really make a difference? The answer is a resounding yes!

In a study performed by Partnering Resources, 93% of completely successful change initiatives were led by leaders with very strong or strong personal networks. Not one change initiatives described as less successful was led by a leader with strong or very strong personal networks. Furthermore, a recent study featured in Sloan Management Review showed that high performing project teams had almost twice as many non-core contributors affiliated with the team.

In this highly interactive session, we learn about the science behind networking. We draw on insights from researchers and practitioners in the social sciences and in business to learn about the networking practices of high performers. We dispel the myth that people who want strong networks should never eat alone and, instead, we learn about the simple actions that significantly contribute to the health of your network.

Participants Take Away:

  • Increased understanding of the science behind networking
  • Preliminary strategic analysis of their own networks
  • Identification of the gaps in their personal networks and ideas about how to fill those gaps
  • Real-time advising from peers about on-the-job challenges

Networking for Introverts

Date: March 21, 2016

Society for Professional Consultants LogoSome of us will never enjoy walking into a room of strangers and having to make connections. Does that mean we’re doomed professionally? Not at all! Maya Townsend, founder and lead consultant at Partnering Resources, will explain some of the science behind networking and show how that science can help engineers, technologists, and introverts make connections successfully and strategically. She will draw on insights from the social sciences aWomen in the Enterprise of Science & Technology Logond business world to explain the networking practices of high performers. Maya will dispel the myth that people who want strong networks should never eat alone and, instead, explain the simple actions that can significantly contribute to the health of their network.

If you attend this session, you can expect to come away with:

• An understanding of some of the science behind networking.
• An ability to identify networking practices of high performers.
• A first-pass analysis of your professional network’s strengths and gaps.

Note: This event is a collaboration between the Society of Professional Consultants and WEST.

Strategic Networking: On Beyond Business Cards

Date: October 22, 2015

NEBAALAS LogoWorkshops can teach you how to exchange business cards, how to position your name tag on your jacket, and how to shake hands. What most workshops don’t do is help you develop a strategic networking practice.

In this workshop, Maya Townsend, founder and lead consultant of Partnering Resources, helps participants move beyond ad hoc approaches to sustainable, targeted, high-impact networking practices. She helps participants learn how to build the strategic networks that can help them ace their projects, advance their careers, and find new opportunities.

This highly interactive workshop will cover:

  • Changing our paradigm from networking to network weaving
  • The four networks everyone needs—and the one that people usually neglect
  • On beyond mentoring
  • Why everyone needs a sponsor and how to get one

Strategic Networking

Date: April 22, 2015

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Does networking really make a difference? The answer is a resounding yes! But too many of us network haphazardly and hope that our efforts will have an effect.

In this workshop, Maya Townsend, founder and lead consultant of Partnering Resources, will help you move beyond an ad hoc approach to a sustainable, targeted, high-impact networking practice. She will help you learn how to build the strategic networks that can help you ace your projects, advance your career, and find new opportunities. You will:
  • Learn about the science behind networking
  • Understand the four networks that everyone needs–and the one that women usually neglect
  • Assess your network for strategic strength
  • Understand how to build a more sustainable, high-impact networking practice

Six Strategies for Making Change Stick (HINT: Connections Matter!)

Date: June 19, 2013

Leaders of middle-market companies face lofty challenges: how to sustain growth, how to lead significant change, how to capture ideas and turn them into competitive wins. You can’t tackle these alone. At Build’s high-impact, day-long event you will huddle with fellow leaders of middle market companies for an insider perspective on challenges … and road-tested solutions. Expect unparalleled networking, highly interactive sessions, key actionable takeaways, and an afternoon cocktail party!

Maya Townsend of Partnering Resources will present on Six Strategies for Making Change Stick (HINT: Connections Matter!):

Challenge: To get better, we have to evolve — but only 38% of leaders say their change efforts have actually improved performance. Why is it so tough to win buy-in and make change stick?

Solution: Change by dictum doesn’t work. The only thing that does: connections, and lots of them. Studies show that effective change makers simultaneously employ these six strategies for building the individual, social, and structural connections that make transformation excite — and, therefore, take hold within — an organization.