President’s Blog: Spotlight on SF IABC’s Very Own Networking Nine

J.McCradyBy Julie A. McCrady, SF IABC President

Sharing a meal in an intimate, private dining venue, enjoying good company and engaging in thoughtful discussion. Just your average networking event, right? Hardly! But did you know that SF IABC offers that kind of networking event on a regular basis? We do. It’s called Networking Nine, and it’s an opportunity available exclusively to members of SF IABC.

Networking Nine was launched as an interest group of SF IABC in 2003. Unique to our chapter, Net 9 brings professionals throughout the Bay Area together to connect and discuss a variety of topics. Past events looked at communicating in the age of WikiLeaks, the future of blogging, and lessons from the 2012 election.

After a yearlong hiatus due to the lack of volunteers to run the popular program, Networking Nine relaunched in the fall of 2015, hosting four dinners since then on topics such as internal communications focusing on change management and communications technologies portals. Board members Jeff Leslie and Corey Connors even pulled off a Networking Nine double-header, holding a dinner in Oakland and a dinner in San Francisco on the same night.

The feedback so far from participants is extremely positive. Communicators said the evenings were inspiring and an opportunity to share and discuss best practices. And our East Bay members value having a regional option.

Jeff and Corey have at least one more evening of dinners planned before the summer. The special will be Connecting with Different Generations – Boomers, Gen X, Millennials. You can find more information about Networking Nine on the SF IABC website. We hope you can join us.

Member Survey

On behalf of the chapter board, I encourage you to participate in IABC’s online member survey to be conducted by McKinley Advisors. If you are a member and you have not received a survey request from McKinley Advisors or you have questions about the survey, please contact IABC’s Director of Membership, Stephanie Doute, at We look forward to hearing your input.

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  1. Mary Kuhn says:

    I had the opportunity to attend one of Corey’s Networking Nine dinners in the East Bay. It was terrific! Great group of people and we had some lively conversation. I highly recommend these dinners! It is wonderful to see them back along with other good program content at IABC.

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