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On March 6th, thirty-two members of CFA Society Chicago gathered at Lloyd’s to enjoy a progressive networking luncheon. Participants were seated at six tables which they moved between for each course. This progressive style allows attendees to meet 15-18 different people and is an immediate icebreaker for those who are uncomfortable networking generally or through individual conversations. During each of the three rounds, participants shared a personal introduction and any other information they desire whether it be a question on an industry topic or that they’re seeking employment, these exchanges form the basis of great discussion.

Attendees represented a cross section of firms, organizations and universities including: Well Fargo, Societe Generale, Dearborn Partners, Merrill Lynch, Ernst & Young, Byline Bank, Chicago Booth School of Business and DePaul University. The individuals’ roles were equally diverse and encompassed an MBA student, a professor, several wealth management advisors, a tax specialist, a director of corporate development and financial planning analysis, as well as the founder & CEO of a buy-side fund administration company.

Whether you’re looking to expand your network, gain business, find employment, or share industry insights, these progressive networking events provide a terrific forum for developing, building and maintaining relationships. The goal of any successful networking event is walking away with new connections and that objective was definitely met, including for those who are a bit more apprehensive about working their way through a room to meet new people. I definitely encourage you to take advantage of these events.

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