Great Advice Exchanged at Lunch and Learn+ Speed Networking
On May 4th, ConnextMSP hosted a virtual Lunch and Learn + Speed Networking event. More than 60 network members registered for the interactive discussion exploring different ways to overcome career barriers. The session also introduced attendees to Chris Thibodeaux, Founder of the Career Fitness Center. Dozens occurrent college students and recruiters remained on the call for an engaging speed networking session where more than 40 connections were made during the hour.
Dozens Gather for first ever MN Apprentice Network Mixer
ConnextMSP serves as a sustainability partner for the employer-led MN Apprentice Network. This group of companies, co-led by Aon and Accenture, seeks to create new career opportunities through creating more professional apprenticeships in our region. Some of the most in demand jobs in Minnesota no long require a four-year degree, so this network seeks to hire and train early-career professionals with an earn-and-learn approach.
On May 10, we hosted our first MN Apprentice Network mixer welcoming more than 50attendees. Aon hosted the event at their Bloomington, MN office. Invited guests included more than 20 apprentices from Aon and Accenture, as well as supporting training partners, educators, and stakeholders. Many ConnextMSP Network Partners were present including Achieve Twin Cities, Wallin Education Partners, Minneapolis Regional Chamber, and Genesys Works. As the MN Apprentice Network continues to grow, we’ll host more of these events.
Black Men’s Success Initiative Mixer Draws a Powerful Crowd
On May 24, we partnered with Black Men’s Success Initiative (a program led by the Minnesota Private Colleges Fund) to host a networking mixer. “Leading the Way” was an event focused on Black male professionals and college students in the Twin Cities. The goal was to build community and connections amongst local leaders in our professional networks.
MSP Talent Forum Sparks New Ideas on Internships
On May 6, GREATER MSP led a talent forum discussion on the state of internships in our region. Leaders were invited to conversations about creating more internships in the region and exploring the different opportunities that exist for young people joining the workforce. Many thanks to Network partners from Achieve Twin Cities, University of Minnesota, and Dougherty Family College, and many others who joined for the engaging conversation as we explored how we can make a difference together.