It’s amazing when leaders in their chosen fields give of their time and expertise to people looking to grow their careers.
This Thursday, March 12, young professionals will meet with executives from various industries over different parts of a three course meal at the Chateau Laurier to get career advice and make connections. Now in its second year, ConnectOTT, is the only networking event of its kind in the city. The 2015 edition will feature 60 mentors in the financial services, public affairs/communications, not-for-profit, healthcare, law, real estate, business, arts & entertainment and technology industries. Participating organizations include Rebel.com, Shopify, RBC, United Way, Invest Ottawa and the National Arts Centre.
“We set out to create a networking event that made it easy for young professionals to meet industry leaders in a very natural, organic setting,” said Martin Kratky-Katz, ConnectOTT’s Founder. It’s a fantastic opportunity for young professionals since networking plays a huge role in how people find out about opportunities and secure employment. This can be a challenge for people new to the workforce or considering a career change or their next move, or for someone who is new to the city. In addition, ambitious young professionals and entrepreneurs may have well-established networks in their own age range, but there could be a disconnect between themselves and experienced professionals.
One of the amazing things about ConnectOTT is that it is 100% run by young professional volunteers. Leigh-Ann Redmond, who was on the organizing committee last year, is now a co-chair. “I was so inspired by the meaningful conversations I witnessed that made this networking and mentorship experience so valuable, ” she said. “This event gives young professionals a clearer picture of the range of industries and success stories Ottawa truly has to offer…and our goal is to inspire the next generation to recognize the value of pursuing their career paths here.”
Last year’s event was highly successful. In fact, several people who attended actually joined to become part of this year’s organizing committee. Gymtrack, a startup, chose their law firm, accountancy and bank based on sponsors and connections they made at last year’s ConnectOTT. Due to it’s popularity and success, the event was expanded this year to include more executives.
Events like this show how diverse career options can be in this city, even though it is commonly thought of as a government town. The beauty of ConnectOTT is that it accommodates a variety of interests and ambitions. If you don’t want to miss out on this great networking opportunity, there’s still space to sign up.
ConnectOtt will be held on Thursday, March 12 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Chateau Laurier. Tickets are $80. To purchase tickets, visit the event website: http://connectott.com/