Women’s Club hosts ‘speed networking’ program today

Lori Humphreys | Staff Writer

The final Chautauqua Professional Women’s Network program at 1 p.m. this afternoon in the Chautauqua Women’s Club Clubhouse features an experiment in “Speed Networking.” It is an hour-long opportunity to meet and share ideas with interesting Chautauquan participants. Sarah Hartmann, Chautauqua Theater Company artistic associate, will facilitate.

“Come and be surprised by an original way to meet and connect with other Chautauquans in in-depth and personal connections,” said Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, chair of the Chautauqua Professional Women’s Network.

Hartmann has designed a musical chairs approach to mingling and meeting as many people as possible.

“Groups of two or three will answer questions, which are designed to skip small talk. Each group will meet for three to seven minutes and then disband and move to another group,” Hartmann said. “I will have a bell or something to signal (when) time’s up.

The speed networking program is a testing ground as Wittenberg-Cox and Hartmann consider programming for next year. It is an idea that builds on the concept of networking as a personal interaction and the identity of the CWC as a place to form Chautauquan friends.