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The art of strategic networking

Written by: Ben Walpole
Published on: Oct 5, 2023

2023 ASCE Younger Member Leadership Symposium

The 2023 ASCE Younger Member Leadership Symposium brought in a packed house at ASCE HQ in Reston.

As our lives increasingly function in the virtual space and technology changes the way our work gets done, good old-fashioned human connection has taken on renewed importance.

In fact, person-to-person networking can truly be a career differentiator for you in this digital world.

The problem is, because you’re probably interacting with people face-to-face less than ever, you may be off your game when it comes to networking.

The ASCE Younger Member Leadership Symposium is the antidote. The annual three-day workshop –  hosted by the Committee on Younger Members in August at ASCE’s Reston, Virginia, headquarters – gathered nearly 100 young engineers from around the world to compare notes and learn from other younger members about how to take the next steps in their careers into leadership roles.

“Honestly, it was an eye-opening and influential experience,” said Jade Flansburg, E.I.T., A.M.ASCE, attending from the Eastern Iowa Younger Member Group. “I loved that we discussed emotional intelligence, personal vision, and communication styles. I will revisit this material and continue to reflect on this for the rest of my career.”

And, yes, among the key skills discussed? Strategic networking.

Matthew Jacobson, E.I.T., ENV SP, A.M.ASCE, was an excellent choice to present on strategic networking. Active in the Los Angeles Younger Member Forum and CYM, among several ASCE roles, he’s connected with Society members and industry movers and shakers since his days as a student leader at Cal Poly Pomona.

Here are his five tips to network successfully:

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