Presentation on theme: "January 17, 2008 Women Unlimited SpeedConnect Meet. Connect. Make it Happen. Team #9 Selena Shaefer, Siemens Power Generation, Inc. Carolyn Carpenter,"— Presentation transcript:
January 17, 2008 Women Unlimited SpeedConnect Meet. Connect. Make it Happen. Team #9 Selena Shaefer, Siemens Power Generation, Inc. Carolyn Carpenter, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Mary Scott, Positive Outcomes (Mentor) Zuzana Lorinc, Prudential Financial, Inc. (Mentor)
January 17, 2008 Women Unlimited Applied Leadership Learning Project Goal SpeedConnect was developed as a structured, time- bound networking tool. It is based on the speed dating concept. The purpose is: Networking Developing critical business alliances Gaining exposure Building teamwork SpeedConnect Meet. Connect. Make it Happen.
January 17, 2008 Women Unlimited Outcome SpeedConnect in Action! Womens Resource Group at Siemens, November 7, 2007 Session was structured for employees to interact with managers of various departments and organizations. 51 total attendees, 23 of those were managers. Keynote speaker: Mary Scott, The Power of Networking. Small groups of employees rotated in 3 SpeedConnect rounds. Manager shared department information in 5 minutes. Employees had 2 minutes each to address the topic provided. WU-style personal introduction was taught to participants. One-on-one rounds with icebreaker topics were used to encourage connecting with new faces. Post event written and verbal feedback was very positive. Participants appreciated the opportunity to network and gain exposure to other departments, peers and managers. SpeedConnect Meet. Connect. Make it Happen.
January 17, 2008 Women Unlimited Key Learnings Networking to form business alliances is critical to business success. Networking may be informal most of the time, but sometimes it needs to be intentional, purposeful, and scheduled. Teamwork in setting up the event was critical to success. Team members must be action oriented and deliver early to demonstrate progress and build team confidence. Siemens session was beneficial to employees in demonstrating the benefits of networking and providing an event to make it happen. RJR session was done as a team building exercise to develop and deepen relationships in a new work group. There are numerous applications for the SpeedConnect concept in all aspects of our lives where there are groups (business, school, church, government, neighborhood, and family). SpeedConnect Meet. Connect. Make it Happen.