Networking is important because at the end of the day people want to do business with people they like

Jessie Roberts - Sr. Business Banking Relationship Manager - Boston Young Professional Association

Jessie Roberts, sponsorship director of Boston Young Professional Association, comes to the Innovation District with Mario Castañeda and Rick Brutti to talk about networking.

The Boston Young Professional Organization is one of the many great networking groups out there. The group caters to people primarily ages 21 to 45, but Jessie says they don’t check ID at the door. They hold events about 8 times a month. Events range from speed dating to speaker events, there is truly something for everyone. Right now they have over 22,000 members according to linkedin. The group is a great way to meet other young professionals in the area, especially if you just moved to the area. Networking is great personally and professionally.

Listen to Jessie Roberts on The Innovation District


Jessie also talks about work she does to help foreign companies come to Massachusetts and do business here. They work within the timeline you need and helps bring all the necessary people together, lawyers, CPAs, etc. together to make the transition as smooth as possible. They will also help find the towns that offer the best incentives for you company, which can save you money. Jessie says, let Massachusetts work for you.

During the interview Jessie offers some tips for getting the most out of your networking experiences.

  1. Make sure your at the right networking event for what you want
  2. When your there be genuine
  3. Know who is going to be there ahead of time and decide who you want to talk to. Try to have valuable conversations, even if it’s just two or three of them
  4. Follow up with people within 24 hours. You don’t have to follow up with everyone, but be timely when reaching out to people you connected with

Networking is all about establishing connections and making an impression on people that they will not forget.