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Join J. Ryan Williams, Executive Coach, for a discussion on Networking When You Don’t Really Want To: How to Stay Authentic AND Make the Most Out of Any Networking Situation

If you’re someone who hates networking, the pressure to make the most out of the startup events/ networking culture in the bay area can create an enormous pressure. In this workshop we’re digging in to specific strategies that you can use to be successful in making the connections, regardless of your love for these events. And overcome networking’s biggest objection for those who don’t want to be there – if it feels impersonal to you, we’ll be laying out some strategies to remain authentic as you connect and meet others.

You will learn:

  • You can still be successful at a networking event even if you don’t know what you want to get out of it

  • How to connect with one person and work together by helping someone else

  • How to set easy goals; enjoy the small successes while building confidence for the more important events


J. Ryan Williams

J. Ryan Williams helps high potential leaders and teams increase the speed of their success. He has been featured as a speaker world wide, and has coached CEOs in 14 countries. 

J. Ryan’s clients include executives backed by world-class investors such as Google and Y-Combinator and emerging leaders at break-out technology companies such as Airbnb, Lyft, and Zoom. 

In his spare time, J. Ryan volunteers as a career transition coach for veterans of the US Military’s most elite teams including US Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets and TOP GUN fighter pilots. 

He holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago; is a certified Executive Coach from Berkeley’s Haas School of Business; and is an Instructor at Stanford University’s School of Continuing Studies.

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