The holiday season is just about upon us and it’s the perfect time to think about building connections during this jolly time of year!

There are many advantages to expanding your professional network. It’s a fantastic way to increase your  knowledge, learn about new opportunities and even make new friends. You can seek out advice and gain valuable insight from local business leaders while raising your own profile in the process.

Below is a great list of local organizations that provide a plethora of networking and growth opportunities for marketing and communication professionals:

Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Events
11/14/17 – Nonprofit & Association Forum September Breakfast: Strategic Planning for Associations
11/16/17 – Business After Hours, presented by Beyer Automotive Group
12/5/17 – Annual Meeting: State of Business, presented by SunTrust
12/14/17 – Merry Membership, presented by BB&T and BB&T Scott Stringfellow

American Marketing Association DC Chapter Events
11/14/17 – The DC Marketing Summit
11/15/17 – The Merry Mail Social Hosted by Bates Creative
11/16/17 – CEO Spotlight with Allen Gannett of TrackMaven, presented by CMO Leadership Circle
11/30/17 – District Current: Brewery Tour & Tasting with a Local Favorite
1/22/18 – AMADC Mentor Program “Experts Among Us

Arlington Chamber of Commerce Events
11/9/17 – Breakfast Connection
11/16/17 – Business After Business
12/5/17 – Holiday Cheer on Tap
12/14/17 – Business After Business

AAF DC Events
11/15/17 – AAF DC’s AM AdBuzz: Blurring the Lines Between Physical and Digital

ASAE Events
11/13/17 – 11/14/17 – AMS Fest
11/15/17 – NOVA SAFE (Small Association Forum for Executives)
12/7/17 – Reston Idea Swap

Campaigns & Marketing Summit
11/13/17 – Campaigns & Marketing Summit

Direct Marketing Association of Washington Events
11/16/17 – Lunch & Learn: The 10 Commandments of Compelling Copy and the 11 Commandments of Fundraising Design
12/5/17 – 2017 Best of Direct Holiday Party and Awards Ceremony
1/25/18 – DMAW Annual Business Meeting & Keynote

International Association of Business Communicators Events
General Event Info – Facebook Page
Special Interest Group – Meet 3-4 times per year
11/28/17 –  IABC/DC Metro’s Happy Hour
12/26/17 – IABC/DC Metro’s Happy Hour

Network After Work DC Events
11/15/17 – Network After Work at Umaya
12/12/17 – Network After Work at Southern Hospitality

Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Events
11/28/17 – Innovation in Gov Tech 
12/1/17 – Women in Leadership 
12/18/17 – Northern Virginia Chamber Holiday Reception

Public Relations Society of America Events
11/16/17 – Meet the Media: How to Make Friends and Influence… Your Media Contacts
12/12/17 – Write More Powerfully & Strategically for Public Relations and Public Affairs Purposes in Traditional Media and Social Media

Washington Women in PR (WWPR) Events
11/17/17 – WWPR’s 28th Annual Washington PR Woman of the Year Luncheon
11/28/17 – “Louie Loves,” BBI – and so do we! Happy Hour
12/19/17 – WWPR Holiday Party
1/25/18 – WWPR Annual Meeting