COVID-19 has brought much of the world to a standstill. Consequently, many events have had to either be canceled or postponed. As a result, many companies and organizations have been moving their events online to allow people to attend virtually. 

Today, whether you want to pick up a new skill or make new contacts, there are a variety of online events that you can participate in this summer. You are no longer just bound to what is in your geographic area. 

So, what is out there? 

Below, we have compiled a list of online networking and professional development events that you can add to your calendar for June and July. 

Drop-In Peer Groups for Founders and “Founder Types”
June 4 and July 2, 2020
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM PDT
Hosted by Atlas

Atlas seeks to offer mental, emotional, and relational well-being services to startup founders and those in leadership. Their Drop-In Peer Groups allow those within the startup ecosystem to discuss the challenges they are facing trying to run a business during this COVID-19 crisis. Atlas’s Drop-In Peer Group event is definitely one to put on the calendar for those who want to establish relationships with other founders and be reminded that they aren’t alone as they navigate this new normal. 

Networking Best Practices
June 5, 2020
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
Hosted by General Assembly 

Before you head to any virtual (or eventually in-person events), you may want to sit in on this class. Networking can be overwhelming, but it is a necessary part of business and professional development. During this course, Tosin Olamigoke, career coach at General Assembly, will help attendees walk through the “why” of networking by offering practical tips on creating a genuine connection with others. 

Let’s talk Business Online Networking Event
June 13, July 11, 2020
12:00 PM to 12:40 PM BST
Hosted by the Part-Time Entrepreneurs Network 

The Part-Time Entrepreneurs Network is a group for those looking to connect with others who are managing a business while working full-time. This event allows entrepreneurs to meet, collaborate, and share ideas. It’s always helpful to hear how others are juggling multiple responsibilities as they go on to become successful entrepreneurs. This event is an informal mid/day lunch set up, so grab some food and a drink and sign on. 

Social Media Strategy Mapping
June 19, 2020
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
Hosted by General Assembly 

There is a lot to learn when it comes to developing a winning social media strategy. Fortunately, this course covers all the basics and then some. From understanding each platform’s ins and outs to learning how to develop an effective strategy for each one, this course will walk you through the steps needed to succeed on social media. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of how to engage their audience and how to identify the social media platforms that are best for their business. 

Digital Marketing: Key Concepts and Metrics
June 26, 2020
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
Hosted by General Assembly

Digital marketing is more than just social media management. So, this course will dig deeper into how to create an effective digital marketing strategy. Attendees will learn online marketing basics, gain an overview of various techniques, learn about critical metrics, and gain insight on the tools necessary to run a successful digital marketing campaign. 

Toastmasters @ Emory 
Every Wednesday morning
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM EDT
Hosted by Toastmasters and the Emory Goizueta School of Business 

Toastmasters seeks to help professionals and entrepreneurs alike to sharpen their public speaking and leadership skills. While the group typically meets in person each week, they are currently holding sessions online for anyone who wants to attend. This event is a great way not only to improve a skill but also to meet other like-minded professionals. 

The Platform May Be New, But The Idea Is The Same 

While networking and learning online may still be new for some, organizations are taking advantage of our innovations in technology to ensure that those interested can still make new connections and learn from others. Whether you want to learn how to develop a winning digital marketing strategy or connect with leaders about the struggles of running a company, there are many virtual events out there for you to choose from. 

So, see what’s out there, and sign up to attend. You never know when a new contact or skill can lead you into a different and possibly better journey. 

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