On Saturday, Feb. 28, Chicago’s young adults mixed and mingled at 28 Days of Networking, hosted by Taylor Robinson and Vickee Yang at Exact Publicity in downtown Chicago.
The event was organized by The Social Club and DJ’d by DJ Kimani. It included performances by R&B singer Chesley Krischelle, guitarist Ducky, poet Jasmine Cambry, soul singer Tiara Deshane, and jazz singer Kyla Rae. Networking tips and presentations were conducted by Brittney McCoy, owner of Cupcakes and Cocktails; Timothy McInerney, an attorney at Spellmire Law Firm LLC; Akisha Lockhart, creator of allineedisonemic.com; and Varen Black, professor at Columbia College Chicago.
According to The Social Club, the purpose of 28 Days of Networking is to “inspire participants to challenge themselves adequately to gather the resources needed to be successful.” It was designed to allow young adults to meet and connect with both their peers and established business professionals. Between the organized segments, guests were given ample opportunity to ask questions, distribute business cards, and link up with others interested in their field.
Darryl Ridley, founder of The Social Club and organizer of the event, stressed the importance of continuing to network beyond the event. He explained event itself stemmed from successful networking, as he reached out to collaborate with people he met and sustained relationships with throughout the city.
“Networking shouldn’t just be a day,” said Ridley in his final remarks. “It doesn’t end with 28 Days. It begins with 28 Days.”