Making Time for Networking as a Working Parent

by David Burkus

Networks often seem to grow during after-hours activities, like after-work drinks, weekend off-sites, or faraway conferences. And that poses a problem for most working parents. How do you meet new people if traveling to conferences is out of the question? How do you strengthen connections with colleagues after work if you also need to hurry home for soccer practice? For many working parents, those problems don’t get solved and their network growth ceases (and maybe even shrinks).

But being a working parent doesn’t mean the end of a thriving network; it just means you have to get a bit more creative and deliberate. I should know. As the father of two preschool-aged children ...

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