Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hopkinton Networkers Group: Various Topics

Hello Everyone, 

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by a speaker, Hari Narayanan. The facilitator for this week will be Sheri Ablaza, and in the event she is called for substitute teaching, then Emilia Gordon will fill in for her. We will devote the first hour to the following agenda: Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Intros, and Needs & Leads. Important Note: Please make a serious, concerted effort to arrive before 10:00 AM. We are going to start the meeting on time at 10:00 AM. In the second hour, Hari will talk about "Various Topics."

Various Topics

* LinkedIn
* Networking sessions
* Family or social gatherings

Hari Narayanan

Hari comes to us from the Milford Workforce Central Career Center, and he has spoken to our group in the past and contributed to the Job Shop Jam Sessions. He will provide more personal info about himself.

Recap of HNG Meeting of October 2, 2015

Our 154th meeting had 26 people, this is 1 less than the previous meeting; 1 signed the New Member list. Vincent Rocheleau was our facilitator. There were no introduction speeches. 

We had a speaker, Linda waters, who talked about "Interviewing With Confidence."
This included discussing the following items:
* How to make sure it's the right job for you
* How to assess the company culture
* Tips to feel less nervous in the interview
* Interview follow- up tips
* How to stay positive during the interview process

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

October 16, 2015 Hari Narayanan Various Topics
November 6, 2015 Thomas Alessi TBD

General Information 

The networking group meets in Hopkinton, at St. John the Evangelist Church parish hall. The meeting occurs, from 10 to 12 noon, and will meet the first and third Friday of the month. The parish hall has a capacity for 250 people and there is plenty of parking spaces in the parking lot and on the street. Around the perimeter of the parish hall are rooms to allow us to have focused network groups or for any other purpose we need. We chose the first and third Friday to allow everyone to attend the Acton Networking Group or any other networking group, if they wanted, on the Friday we do not meet.

We will maintain our close affiliation with Acton Networkers by using the same list-server to share information between the groups. Any e-mails specific to the Hopkinton Networking Group (HNG) will be indicated in the subject line either by "Hopkinton Networking Group" or "HNG"; this way anyone attending these meetings will know the e-mail is intended for them.
We will follow the following agenda items:
* Welcome
* Landings (with doughnuts)
* Announcements
* New member introductions
* Needs and Leads
* Speaker(s), Workshop, or Focus Group
* Cleanup

For those new members who give their introductions, this is what we would like to know:
* Name
* Skills and Value Statement
* Where have you been?
* Where are you going?
* Your title
* Your target companies
* Geography of search
* Name and e-mail address

If anyone wants to join our team, please let one of us know; we could always use the extra help and input for ideas.

Take Rt. 495 North/South and get off Exit 21A. Go through three traffic lights. Colella's Supermarket is on the right at the third traffic light. The first street after the third traffic light is Church Street, take a right turn. The church is on the right. Go around to the left of the parking lot and go into the side entrance of the parish hall.

Depending upon where you live, perhaps you may want to use Mapquest for a more direct route. The address of the church is:
St. John the Evangelist
20 Church Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) Coordinators:
Sheri Ablaza 
Emilia Gordon 
Gil Krispien 
William Lam 
Ronaldo Lu 
Vincent Rocheleau