Last night I had the pleasure of dining with a select group of women all part of a progressive group called Levo League. Levo League is a community of young professionals and role models committed to elevating their own careers as well as the careers of others through strategic networking.
I received the invitation a few weeks ago and quite honestly, only half committed in my mind to go. The organization is based on building professional relationships amongst women and women can be a little…catty. I decided to investigate the Levo League website and was drawn to the fresh and modern web content in addition to their brand messaging and interesting features; the Office Hours videos sealed the deal for me.
Upon arrival I was greeted by Levo League Community Manager, Maxie McCoy with an enthusiastic “Hi!’ and a hug…this was refreshing. After asking the lady 2 chairs to my left to pass me a veggie slice, I find out said lady is the none other than Levo League co-founder Amanda Pouchet….no biggie. It’s this type of relaxed environment that makes this organization all the more amazing.
No disapproving once-overs or evil side-eyes; I immediately realized that I was amongst women who were genuinely interested in connecting and building solid relationships. We chatted for hours about each other’s respective careers, or desired careers, and how we could support one another while enjoying a family style dinner.
If you are a young professional woman interested in a GLOBAL networking group that supports career advancement and fosters mutually beneficial relationships, Levo League is for you!
To join, sign up here
Today’s work environment requires more than simply showing up, doing work and collecting a check. Competition is fierce and a great way to stand out amongst the crowd is by strengthening relationships with colleagues as well as new clients. A fun way to make this happen is through entertaining; brunches, cocktail parties and dinner parties are great way to reaffirm relationships and build new ones in a relaxed environment.
There are a few steps that can be taken to ensure success:
Proper Planning - When planning an event you must determine the purpose of the event. Is this a chance to make new friends? Is it an opportunity to gain a new client for your company? Establishing the purpose of the event makes the objective clear in your head, and it will come across that way to whomever you are entertaining.
Set Goals - When determining the purpose of a particular event, it is important to set some goals for yourself. How many new contacts would you like to make? Do you need to use this time to close a deal? Setting goals keeps the event professional helping you achieve what you want
Guestlist – Be sure to select guests from different, yet complimentary industries. Creating a diverse group will keep the conversation interesting and will undoubtedly provide value to all by way of new connections.
Ambiance – An inviting mood is critical and should not be left up to chance. Everything from the placement of food/drink to the selection of music should be considered in advance. Light candles and create a great spread or tablescape that your guests likely won’t forget.
Most importantly, have fun!
Here’s a little inspiration….
This summer try something a little more adventurous…. When developing style, think outside the box. The only way to find out what you like is by discovering the things you don’t like. The next time your create an outfit, try to incorporate funky jewelry, bright heels and an amazing eye shadow, or lip color. Most importantly, enjoy who you are and always have fun with your outfits.Tweet