Is Networking Dead?! – How to Hack the Process of Building Meaningful Connections

“I hate networking… It’s so exhausting and generates no results.”

“I feel awkward talking to people I don’t even know how they can help me.”

“I can’t stand being at networking events where everyone is trying to sell me something.”

“I can’t help but think how fake & unauthentic the world of networking is.”

Have you ever felt like this before about networking? Do you want to steal the secrets from insanely successful master networkers? Then you are at the right place. Come & join us for our FREE panel discussion event at WeWork Grand Central location, focusing on the topics around effectively building a strong & meaningful network.

Topics covered during the event:
1. Is networking really dead as some recent business articles suggest?
2. What is the true meaning of professional networking?
3. What are the secrets to getting the most out of any networking events?
4. What’s required to keep nurturing & expanding the network I have?
5. What are the resources and tools I should leverage to network efficiently?
6:00PM – 6:30PM Settle in with light bites & drinks
6:30PM – 7:15PM Panel Discussion
7:15PM – 7:30PM Q&A
7:30PM – 8:30PM Build connections!

Panelists (in alphabetical order):

Ramona Cedeno, CPA

Ramona Cedeno is a CPA and CGMA with over 15 years of experience as a Financial Controller for large (Fortune 500), pre-IPO start-ups and small companies, with a track record of successfully devising and deploying innovative strategies that enhance operational and financial performance. In 2015, she founded FiBrick Financial Services, a full-service accounting and consulting practice. She is also the organizer of a Meetup group, New York Women Entrepreneurs Meetup. Ramona earned a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Baruch College, a Master’s in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Certificate in Financial Planning from Boston University, and recently passed the CFP examination. She is a member of the AICPA and the NYSSCPA.

Ji Son Choi

Ji Son Choi was previously the Brand Partnerships Director at Guardian Labs, the Guardian’s in-house content and innovation agency that develops custom content and technology partnerships with thought leader brands from Samsung to Amazon. Prior to this role, Ji Son worked at various other media companies, including The Economist, The Knot/XO Group, Good Housekeeping, Vogue and Los Angeles magazine.

Rithesh Menon

Rithesh thrives on building unlikely collaborations to tackle big challenges. He specializes in media strategies that generate economic and social benefits. With an experience spanning consulting, media, technology and social enterprise, he presently leads nonprofit and foundation partnerships at Upworthy. Rithesh also serves on the GenR Leadership Committee for the International Rescue Committee. He is based in New York and loves gadgets, ramen, and coffee.

Andrew Zarick

Andrew Zarick is the CEO & Founder of Digital DUMBO, a community of and an event series for digital and creative influencers in New York and London. He also consults with companies who want to build communities of influence to drive marketing and innovation goals. Most recently he’s worked with the team at Kearny Point, a 130 acre ex-naval shipyard being redeveloped into a modern hub for innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs. Prior to founding Digital DUMBO, Zarick was a digital marketer for brands like MTV, Time Inc, Univision, and Michael Kors. He’s originally from Louisville and appreciates a good bourbon (or a craft beer!).

Maiko Sakai

Maiko Sakai, founder of Airtight Concepts (established in 2003), is a business strategy consultant a.k.a. secret weapon, confidant, advisor & silent partner to her clients who are entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs. She also organizes a Meetup group titled, Growth-Driven Entrepreneurs Worldwide. As a self-proclaimed “Queen of Counterintuitive Strategies,” she provides effective but not-so-conventional strategies to boost sustainable profitability for her clients’ businesses utilizing both quantitative & qualitative assessments. Originally from Yokohama, Japan, Maiko considers herself a New Yorker, loves ethnic foods of all kinds, and is a sucker for ultra-contemporary design & exotic houseplants.