Stop Networking & Start Connecting! Sheena Collier Presents at Boston GLOW Conference
This past weekend over one hundred women of all ages, gathered together for a day of skill sharing and community building. With Simmons College as a backdrop, the women were all in attendance for the third annual Boston GLOW Career and Empowerment Conference. A volunteer run organization, Boston GLOW’s aim is to, “guide and build community among women professionals and their allies.” In a short span of three years, GLOW’s annual conference has grown to attract almost 150 attendees yearly and has hosted 40 workshops with nearly 60 inspirational speakers. Among them this year was Sheena Collier, super connecter extraordinaire, strategist and founder of The Collier Connection, a consulting and event marketing agency that connects people to resources, information and each other.
As a Boston transplant, Sheena found that moving here and trying to make new meaningful connections in a city not known for its friendliness was difficult, particularly for individuals of color. By sharing her experiences with other transplants, she found that her experiences were not unique and that many shared similar sentiments. This realization sparked an idea and with thirteen years of professional experience organizing, managing projects and building partnerships among organizations coupled with her current role as Director of Economic Opportunity at the Boston Chamber of Commerce, it was only a matter of time before Sheena birthed the Collier Connection. As a super connector, Sheena has mastered the art of engaging with and building meaningful relationships with people and organizations that already exist within one’s network. It was her unique experiences, approach and set of skills that qualified her to present her workshop, “The Person You Want to Meet is Already in Your Network” at the Boston GLOW Conference.
Rocking a mint green dress and signature twist out, Sheena presented her workshop to a room full of eager and attentive women. Amongst them were Tariana V. Little, Harvard doctor of public health candidate and founder of food security app, FooFii, and Shana Bryant of Shana Bryant Consulting. Through her workshop, Sheena debunked the belief that the next job, business opportunity or professional mentoring relationship was waiting to happen with someone you had yet to meet and instead these opportunities were abundant, available and waiting for you within the network of people you already know; even if this individual were perhaps a few degrees of separation away. To further drive her point home, Sheena used her own life to illustrate what that could look like. She then provided handouts to attendees and facilitated a breakout session that allowed attendees to discuss their personal goals and next action steps. Sheena is an amazing source of information and it’s crystal clear that she knows what she’s talking about! As a courtesy, I asked Sheena permission to repost the content from her, “Sheena’s Tips for Staying Connected on the Go” slide, because sharing is truly caring! See below for those tips, and to connect with Sheena Collier and the Collier Connection, you can do so via Facebook or Instagram!
Sheena’s Tips for Staying Connected on the Go!
Schedule weekly text messages and emails. Let people know you’re thinking about them.
Send periodic Facebook ‘hellos!’ Keep up with what acquaintances and colleagues are doing.
Email articles of interest. Show people you pay attention to what inspires them.
Schedule weekly coffee/lunch dates. “Never eat alone.”
Organize group outings. Maximize your time and create new connections.
Until next time!
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