Networking Strategies Post-Covid for Startups

April 2, 2024 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET | Lasell University, Newton MA REGISTER!

Speaker Slides

Diane Darling – Networking for Startups

Diane Darling

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Attendees will have the option to join us in-person at Lasell University in Newton, MA or online via Zoom.

Join us for an immersive event for passionate entrepreneurs navigating the dynamic landscape of business in a post-pandemic world. “Networking Strategies Post-COVID for Startups” is a groundbreaking gathering designed to empower startups and founders with the tools, insights, and connections necessary to thrive in the new era of entrepreneurship.

In the wake of the global pandemic, the traditional paradigms of networking have evolved. This event provides a unique opportunity to delve into innovative strategies and approaches that can drive growth, foster collaboration, and ignite success for startups in the current environment. Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur seeking to adapt your networking tactics or a budding startup founder looking to establish valuable connections, this event promises to be a transformative experience.

Attendees will have the chance to engage with industry experts, thought leaders, and fellow entrepreneurs during our event, learn from our expert speaker, and then engage during an interactive workshop to practice networking. Gain actionable insights on leveraging digital platforms, building authentic relationships, and navigating the challenges and opportunities presented by the post-COVID landscape.

Whether you’re seeking investment opportunities, strategic partnerships, or mentorship, “Networking Strategies Post-COVID for Startups” offers a dynamic platform to connect, learn, and grow. Don’t miss this chance to position your startup for success in the post-pandemic era. Join us and be part of the conversation shaping the future of entrepreneurship at Boston ENET!

A question-and-answer session will follow the panel discussion, and the panelists will be available afterward for responses to individual questions.

(All times are USA Eastern time, webinars will not be recorded, except that ENET members can review a recording of this webinar after the meeting.)

More information:
This is a hybrid event. You may choose to participate in-person or online.

In-person Participation (check-in begins at 6:00 PM):
LOCATION: Lasell University, Newton MA
PARKING: Parking is available.
REFRESHMENTS: Pizza and soft drinks will be served.

Online Participation:
Zoom links will be sent to all registrants after registration.

Cost and Reservations:  This event is free for ENET members and $15 for non-members. Click here to learn how to become a member. To expedite sign-in for the event, we ask that everyone — members as well as non-members — pre-register.  If you cannot pre-register, you are welcome to register in person at the door while seats are available.

Event Schedule

April 2, 2024
6:00 pm ET
On-Site Check-in and Networking
7:00 pm ET
ENET Chairperson's announcements
7:10 pm ET
eMinute Pitch
up to 3 startups give a 90-second elevator pitch
7:25 pm ET
Expert Panel
expert speakers on the night’s topic
8:15 pm ET
Q & A
Moderator and Audience Q & A with the speakers
8:30 pm ET
Final Networking, including the night's speakers

Panel Speaker

Darling Diane

Diane Darling

Diane Darling is a consultant, keynote speaker, instructor, and leadership coach with over 20 years of experience in researching, developing, and educating on the role of professional networking strategies in individual career development and business performance. She offers virtual and in-person speaking engagements, one-on-one leadership coaching, and strategic consulting tailored to meet the specific needs of each client in a variety of industries, including accounting, architecture, law firms, and higher education. McGraw Hill has published Diane’s networking strategies in over nine languages, including her popular books, The Networking Survival Guide and Networking for Career Success.

Diane’s passion for networking and public speaking started at an early age when she attended six new schools before her senior year of high school. Her experience of learning to make friends and connect with strangers has become a lifelong skill, and one that she now teaches to others. She overcame her fear of public speaking by taking acting and standup comedy classes, which has contributed to her success and is now incorporated into her teachings, especially for introverts. Diane has traveled to all seven continents and approximately 60 countries, enriching her understanding of human encounters and communication.

Moderator & Organizer

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Maureen Dorman Mansfield

Vice-Chair, Boston ENET / Founder, ~Protect Your Passion~

Maureen Dorman Mansfield is an award-winning strategic leader with a passion for business development, data analytics, and contract management who co-founded a startup to a funding event. As a Vice Chair of the Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network (ENET), Maureen plays a key role in shaping the organization’s strategic direction and fostering strategic alliance partnerships and data governance on digital platforms in a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.

With over 25 years of experience in strategy, business development, and data management, Maureen has a proven track record of driving growth and creating value for organizations of all sizes, helping several companies have their most profitable years in business while expanding marketshares, identifying new markets, and increasing staff. She is skilled in identifying new business opportunities, forging strategic partnerships, and negotiating complex contracts.

Maureen is also a seasoned expert in contract management, with a keen understanding of legal and compliance issues. Her attention to detail and strategic approach to contract negotiations have helped her clients mitigate risks and exceed their business objectives.

In addition to her role at Boston ENET, Maureen is actively involved in the business community, serving as a mentor and advisor to emerging entrepreneurs. She has founded two charities. Maureen is passionate about helping others succeed and believes that networking is a powerful tool for professional growth.

Maureen is a dynamic speaker and panelist on topics related to strategy, business development, and networking. Her insights and practical advice have helped countless professionals expand their networks and advance their careers. As a classically trained saxophonist, Maureen credits her mom for buying her the saxophones and earning a full scholarship in music.

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William Mansfield

Co-Chair, Boston ENET / Managing Partner, MANSFIELD LAW ~Protect Your Passion~

William Mansfield is an attorney and patent attorney with a passion for helping entrepreneurs, founders, inventors, creatives, and startups navigate the complexities of business law, corporate law, and intellectual property law,
including patent law, on national and international matters. As a Co-Chair of the Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network (ENET), William plays a pivotal role in fostering connections and providing valuable resources to the entrepreneurial community.

With over 15 years of experience in the legal field, and as a recipient of the prestigious CALI Award in IP and earning an honorary waiver into the D.C. Bar, William has developed a reputation for his strategic business counsel and legal counsel, as well as an in-depth understanding of intellectual property issues. He has worked with a diverse range of clients, from early-stage startups to established corporations, helping them protect their innovations, scale, and navigate the complex legal, IP, and patent processes.

In addition to his legal practice, William is a passionate advocate for continuous learning, professional development, and mentoring. He believes that building strong relationships and giving back is essential for success in any field and is committed to helping others hone their skills.

William is a frequent speaker and panelist on topics related to entrepreneurship and startup law, business law, intellectual property law, and patent law. His insights and practical advice have helped countless professionals expand their networks and achieve their goals.

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