Business Development / March 13, 2020
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Through the traffic and craziness of the rain on that fall night in October, I had finally arrived at Night Shift Brewing at Love Joy Wharf for SMPS Boston’s “Fall Night Out” event. Luckily inside, it was warm and cozy with people surrounding the bar. I moved through the crowd toward the back of the restaurant where I found the SMPS event roped off separately from the rest of the brewery.
I was greeted by my Marketing Manager, Britt-Anya Bursell, whose Committee had organized the event, and shortly after I spotted a college friend and a coworker chatting away at a high top. As I climbed into the high-top chair (I’m short) they immediately included me into their conversation. I’m not a huge beer gal, so I ordered their house-made berry-flavored spike seltzer (which was delicious!)
No one seemed to have grabbed food yet—so I decided to lead the charge to the food display where there were warm pretzels, flatbreads & quinoa balls. Back at our table, we talked about how all three of us were new members to SMPS and how excited we were to network and engage with the group.
Throughout the night, I talked to about 10-15 people and learned about committees to become a part of, upcoming events, and professional development opportunities. I talked to a couple of different committee chairs in the Boston Chapter and I was able to pick their brains about what their committee does. It was a good opportunity for me to get to know these people and exchange contact info and could follow up with any questions if I thought of any after the event.
The engagement and personal interaction I had with the people I already knew and the people I met at the event helped me to feel affirmed about my decision to join SMPS. I was surrounded by like-minded marketing professionals that are looking to expand their knowledge and connect with others. Here’s to Making it Happen in 2020!