There are many different types of networking groups, each with
different purposes and ways to affiliate. Local business
groups provide a great way connect with other professionals in your
area. Look to local news publications or the
local Chamber of Commerce to find organizations that fit your
needs. Job search support groups can be helpful during a transition
There are many national networking groups for executives.
Members of these groups can offer invaluable advice, ideas, and
connections. Check websites for membership requirements and annual
ACG – The Association for Corporate
Growth is the global community dedicated to acquisitions, strategic
and organic middle-market business growth. ACG is a membership and
geographic-chapter-based organization that provides a variety of
tools to enhance professional development, knowledge base and
AMA – American Marketing Association has local chapters for marketing
CFA Societies – Societies affiliated with the CFA
Institute offer ongoing education, volunteer opportunities and
networking events for investment professionals.
ChemPharma – A networking group of
senior managers in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
ExecuNet – Networking tools for members
(bundled with the online job service) include opt-in networking
directory, list of recruiter contacts, 50+ live local networking
meetings around the US, as well as articles and newsletters about
effective networking tactics. Darden Alumni receive a special
discount of 15% when you join. Contact Darden Alumni Career
Services to obtain the private website link
that includes registration information with the
Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG) – A networking group
for senior financial executives. Local chapters and special
interest groups. Membership is free, sponsorship by a current
member is required.
International Executives Resource Group (IERG) – Membership by invitation to
senior executives with demonstrated global experience. Share leads
for senior-level international positions.
Marketing Executive Networking Group (MENG) – A networking
group for marketing executives (VP and above) target income at
least $160K. Regional chapters and twelve special interest groups.
$200 fee to join plus $200 annual membership fee.
SHRM – Society for Human Resource Management is a professional and human
resources organization with over 500 affiliated chapters.
Technology Executive Networking Group (TENG) – 15 local
chapters in US of CIOs, CTOs, Sr VP, VPs, and Directors of
Technology. Free membership to those with target income at least
$150K and sponsorship from another member of partner