WISE Connect is an online-video forum that enables you to meet with industry peers to discuss topics that support you professionally and personally without leaving the comfort of your home or office. Each WISE Connect session focuses on a specific topic, ranging from personal and professional growth to more specific business-related subjects. Also, we gladly entertain recommendations for discussion subjects from you.
Each session is started by an informal moderator and is limited to 10 participants so that everyone gets a chance to contribute to the conversation. Sessions are open to anyone, member or non-member, who wants to participate and are conducted using ZOOM. Sessions are not recorded to help ensure everyone’s personal privacy.
What is WISE Connect Online?
WISE Connect Online is a small group (10 people or fewer) video networking event. Attendees will join the call via video and will have the opportunity to share, learn and connect with industry peers- virtually! There will be a core focus topic for each event. While there will be an informal moderator to begin the call, this will not be a guided networking event. We encourage participants to come to the call with tips on the topic and to ask questions throughout.
What kind of topics will be covered?
Topics will range from broad topics like personal and professional growth areas to more specific business related niche topics.
Can I request a topic?
Absolutely! We welcome any and all topics. Our goal is to host events that cover topics that are most important to the WISE community. At the end of each WISE Connect event there will be a survey where you can send your requests in. Additionally, you may always send topics to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why is the participation limited?
Participation is limited in order to maintain the integrity of a small group event. Networking is most effective in smaller groups. Since this event will be done through video, we want it to be an open space for communication that doesn’t feel too crowded or distracting.
How often will there be sessions?
Sessions will be held on a monthly basis. There will be multiple time slots to join throughout the week for each topic.
Do I have to be a WISE member to participate?
No. Both WISE members and non-members are welcome to join us for these events.
How will this help my professional development?
WISE Connect Online allows you the opportunity to make connections and network with industry peers on a more regular basis. We understand that not everyone in our WISE community can attend in-person networking events. We wanted to create an opportunity for networking that is not limited by location or travel, and still allows for a “face-to-face” connection. In addition to the connections you will make to help your professional development, our goal is for the topics we discuss to bring you new ideas, insights and information that will help both your business and you, personally.
Will the sessions be recorded for playback?
Sessions will not be recorded for playback. Each event will be a safe place for open communication and flowing discussion.
Once I’ve joined a session, how can I connect with people I talked to outside of WISE Connect?
After the session is complete, a follow-up email will be sent to attendees which will list the names and email addresses of participants. The purpose of WISE Connect is to foster networking opportunities, so we encourage you to connect with one another post-event!
Do I need to download a program or app to participate?
WISE Connect Online events will take place through Zoom. You do not need a Zoom account to participate in the meeting. Once you register, there will be a link to click to join the event. Zoom does have an app you may download on your phone if you wish.
Why are you using Zoom as your platform?
While we do understand that some companies are putting limitations on the use of Zoom, at this time, we have found Zoom to be the best option to meet our needs. We do hope that those who have company limitations are still able to join WISE Connect events via cell phone or on a personal computer. As this program grows and evolves, we are certainly open to exploring alternative platform options.
Can I use my cellphone or my PC to participate?
Zoom events can be accessed via cellphone or computer. We do recommend using a computer for fluidity purposes.
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