Applying Lessons in Relationship Building: Spring 2014 ConnectTWC

Applying Lessons in Relationship Building: Spring 2014 ConnectTWC

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Mashaal Ahmed
April 08, 2014

TWC welcomed 40 current students, alumni and local Washington, D.C. professionals to TWC headquarters on Thursday, April 3rd for ConnectTWC. The event is traditionally a networking reception. But this semester, TWC put a spin on the reception by inviting two co-facilitators to offer tips for attendees to put into action throughout the evening.


ConnectTWC’s co-facilitators were Adam Pawlus, TWC alumnus ('98) and Director of Operations for Physicians for Social Responsibility, as well as Kevin Nunley, Managing Director at TWC. Both are active and accomplished professionals who themselves met at a networking event. Using what they learned from building on that initial meeting, they were able to share numerous insights on networking including how to approach extroverts versus introverts. In addition, they guided the crowd through activities and exercises including:


  • Finding mutual ground with each other
  • Displaying approachable and attentive body language
  • Delivering an authentic elevator pitch
  • Targeting attendees to talk to

Introducing their contacts to each other to foster new relationships

As attendees practiced each networking concept over hors d’oeuvres, a “mystery observer” took note of the most engaged spring 2014 interns and D.C. professionals. At the end of the night, Southwest vouchers valued at $100 were awarded to the observer’s top choices:


Attendees new to networking appreciated the lessons they left with and those who were familiar with the concepts presented took the opportunity to guide others in making new connections.

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