A Speed Networking Event: Allowing Business Students to Apply Classroom-Taught Professional Networking Skills in a Fast-Paced Setting

Sara G. Williams, Ronald F. Green, Kaitlin Diel

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This paper discusses how one business school developed speed networking events in order to prepare students for introduction into the workplace while serving as a demonstration of how they engage their students with the business community.  The benefits of hosting a Speed Networking event are numerous.  Stakeholders who gain from these events include students, potential employers, alumni and those who wish to demonstrate business school impact and engagement.  In addition to providing guidance in planning and executing the event, the paper provides details regarding how to recruit students, recruit professionals and best promote, create, and execute an experiential learning Speed Networking event.

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