Thursday, June 20, 2013

Downton Houston Alliance's "Emerging Leaders"

Last night, the Downtown Houston Alliance's Emerging Leaders held a "Networking 101" event at the Advantage BMW in Midtown Houston. There were representatives from over 16 professional groups (including Public Relations Society of America, Houston Museum District, Houston Young People for the Arts, Society for the Performing Arts, and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network), along with a mini-session series on professional development led by First Person Houston's CEO and founder, Christina Canales Gorczynski.

Gorczynski spoke to attendees about branding and reputation, how to network efficiently, and strike a work-life balance. She energetically guided attendees to interact with one another by asserting that the crowd scramble, so that individuals stand in between two people they aren't familiar with and to start a conversation--a great motivational push for those who are shy or conformed to their comfort zone! Also, she declared that you should give your business cards to everyone you meet along the way because you never know who or how they may be of assistance to you in the near future.

Among the crowd were Society for the Performing Arts' education coordinator Jessica Capistran and development intern Katina White, Founder of MAP Creative and Baylor College of Medicine's graphic designer Marc-Antony Piñón, and Cheeky Vintage intern Taylor Bass, to name a few.

Summer trend: sorbet colors i.e. mint; (from left to right) Yi Zheng and Taylor Bass

There were a few trendsetting and friendly young professionals among the crowd. Compliments on style always perk my interest--which reminds me, make sure you come out tonight (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) to Cheeky Vintage's summer soirée. The event is in conjunction with the Houston Tidbits, and I'm hoping to do a write up on the event for Houstonia Magazine's "Shop Talk" blog. See you then!
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