Last year, we announced a brand-new benefit for members: a series of online networking events that allows Jayhawks around the world to connect and chat through an online platform. Members can log in from their computer, tablet or phone, no matter where they are—the office, the couch or the coffee shop—and meet fellow alumni in a speed-networking-style chat room.
Since the first event on Jan. 29, (Kansas Day!) which was a resounding success with more than 90 attendees, we’ve held 17 additional events: chats open to all members on the third Thursday of every month, as well as several smaller events tailored to specific degrees and industries, such as communications, business or healthcare. We even hosted an event designed for student members, which paired them with alumni during the chat.
We’re exploring even more ways to make this service valuable for our members, but in the meantime, take a look at the results of our efforts last year. If you’ve participated in an online networking event, your suggestions and feedback are valuable as we plan future chats. And if you haven’t participated, what are you waiting for? The next event takes place on Thursday, Feb. 18, at noon (CST), and registration is now open.
Email David Johnston, vice president of marketing and internet services, at [email protected] or Brad Eland, vice president of alumni programs, at [email protected] if you have questions or comments about the online networking program. Additional career resources can be found at www.kualumni.org/career.
Last week, the KU Alumni Association hosted its first-ever online networking event for alumni and students. Using a platform provided by Brazen Careerist, members of the Alumni Association were able to log in to the event from anywhere in the world and connect with fellow Jayhawks.
“I really enjoyed the online networking event today and was able to connect with people from various backgrounds and areas of the world— all from my desk at lunch,” noted Ashley Backhus, j’07, a Life Member and owner of PlanMyTournament.com.
Current students who are members of the Student Alumni Association also participated in the event to help sharpen their networking skills and seek advice from alumni.
If you missed the first virtual event, don’t worry—we plan to offer additional opportunities to network online with Jayhawks!
Check out the infographic below to see some of the numbers from our first event.
We heard you loud and clear, Jayhawks—in our most recent survey of all alumni, you asked for more career services and networking opportunities as a benefit with your Alumni Association membership.
We’re excited to announce a new series of online networking events using the Brazen Careerist online platform, where members can connect and chat with each other, no matter where you are in the world.
Our first real-time event allows you to log in and choose a “booth” based on the field or industry you’re interested in, such as business, education, communications, engineering and more. You’ll be matched with another participant in that booth for 5-8 minutes, where you’ll have the opportunity to ask each other questions, share experiences, exchange career tips and build your professional network.
Think speed-networking in a virtual room full of Jayhawks.
This opportunity is only available for members of the KU Alumni Association. Not sure if you’re a member? Check a recent email you received from us—your membership status is at the bottom of the email. Or, give us a call at 800.584.2957 and our friendly staff will help you out.
If you’re not a member and want to take advantage of this opportunity, click here to join today! Or, visit www.kualumni.org/join to check out all our membership options.