Jobseekers Networking Groups

Circle of Support at St. Catherine of  Siena
Location: 4 Riverside Avenue, Riverside, CT
Contact:  203-637-3689
A faith-based career networking and support group.  Meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 7-9 p.m.

Danbury Job Club: Networking Group for Professionals
Location; Danbury Public Library.  170 Main Street, Danbury, CT
Contact Shirley Nwachukwu at Shirley [dot] nwachukwu [at] ct [dot] gov or 203.437.3291, for more information, and to register (required).
Join other professionals to share job information, get “linked in” and learn about other Internet networking sites, share interview tips, and hear from guest speakers.  Meets every other Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Darien Professionals Networking Group
Location: St. Luke's Church - 1864 Post Road, Darien, CT
Contact:  tbell655 [at] darienprofessionals [dot] com
Career-related information for executives who are underemployed, in transition, who wish to stay networked or who wish to help those who need career guidance.  Meets monthly.  Admission is free.

Location:  varies
Contact : fine [at] ariesmart [dot] com.
Networking group for entrepreneurs, consultants and independent business people.  Provides peer support, training, client referrals and networking opportunities in a friendly atmosphere.  Membership: No requirements, other than an interest in entrepreneurship.  Meets monthly on Thursday mornings.

Lives in Transition
Website: for an updated program schedule or further information.
Location:  First Presbyterian Church, 882 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY
Contact : fine [at] ariesmart [dot] com
A volunteer program for people experiencing career transition.  Meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month, 7-9 p.m.

Madison Shoreline Executive Networking Group
Location: Memorial Town Hall, 8 Meeting House Lane, Madison, CT
Contacts: (email preferred) Gail Benson gbenson [at] cshore [dot] com . Send resume to Gail if you are interested in attending. If you need immediate information, call 203.421.5901. Ken Innocenzi keninnocenzi [at] comcast [dot] net or 203.484.7650.
Meets third Thursday of the month, 7 – 9 p.m.

Location:  United Methodist Church, 49 Weston Road, Westport, CT
Contact: Erikka Brickey ebrickey [at] gmail [dot] com.
Networking group open to all job seekers.  Programs in developing networking skills, social networking, interview techniques, cover letter and resume writing/review, sharing information about companies and professional connections.  Meets Monday at 7 a.m.

New Canaan CaTS (Career Transition Consulting Group)
Contacts:  Jim Riehl 203.940.1305 or jriehl [at] aol [dot] com
or Mercer Field: 203.226.5379 or mercerfield [at] yahoo [dot] com
Co-sponsored by:  First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan: 203.966.0002
and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church: 203.966.4515
Objectives: To provide support for those engaged in or contemplating job/career change, to provide motivational and “how to” information through well-qualified presenters, and to provide expanded network resources through community and church members.  Meets on Thursday evenings.  There are no fees.

Northern Fairfield Professionals

Location: Knights of Columbus, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT
Contact: Location: varies Contact : fine [at] ariesmart [dot] com. Networking group for entrepreneurs, consultants and independent business people. Provides peer support, training, client referrals and networking opportunities in a friendly atmosphere. Membership: No requirements, other than an interest in entrepreneurship. Meets monthly on Thursday mornings.">NFP [at] itechcp [dot] com
For business professionals from all industries and all career levels.  Philosophy is to build reciprocal relationships, exchange ideas and leads, and build networking skills.  Networking and guest speakers. Meets second Tuesday each month, 5:30 - 8 p.m.

The Schegg Group
Location: 1 Enterprise Drive, Suite 110, Shelton, CT
Contact: Colette Breuler at 203.225.0500 or amurray [at] schegggroup [dot] com
There are separate groups based on industry/function meeting every other week.  Networking meetings start at 8:30am. 
Please note:  This listing is to inform you of the Schegg networking groups, and is not an endorsement of the HR consulting firm.

St. Aloysius Church Employment Opportunities Group
Location: St. Aloysius Church, Stapleton Hall, South Avenue and Cherry Street, New Canaan
Contact: Bill Erickson eog [at] starcc [dot] com or 203.434.0707
Objectives: To provide support, networking and skill-building for community members who are unemployed, underemployed or employed but want to give back and help others in these tough times.  Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Temple Beth El in Stamford Networking Group
Location:  350 Roxbury Road, Stamford, CT
Contact:  Donna Sweidan at 203-276-9604
Free networking group open to all interested jobseekers.  Meets on alternate Wednesday mornings. Ms. Sweidan from Career Folk in Stamford presents job seeker seminars at the meetings.

Temple Israel:  Westporters in Transition
Location:  14 Coleytown Road, Westport, CT  
Contact: Stan Witkow at 203.227.0466 or stan [at] witkow [dot] com
Free networking and jobseeking skill-building group open to all members of the community.  Meets on Tuesday afternoons.

Westchester Networking Organization (WNO)
Location:  Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Dr., Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Contact: WNO1635 [at] gmail [dot] com
Non-profit, volunteer-run organization focused on career fulfillment. Members may be in-transition, changing careers, exploring self-employment or employed. WNO members are committed to assisting each other.   The group meets on the third Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m.


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The following nationwide or international networking groups are included for your information.  All have local chapters, and have various requirements for membership:

Financial Executives Networking Group –FENG
For financial executives who have held titles such as Chief  Financial Officer, Controller or Treasurer of a significant organization.

Marketing Executives Networking Group – MENG
For top-level marketing executives.  MENG members are Marketing, Sales, or General Management executives whose primary focus is marketing.

Technology Executives Networking Group, LLC –TENG
For selected Chief Information Officers, Chief Technology Officers, vice presidents and directors of technology.

Women at Work Network
This company’s network is for current and returning professional women seeking work-life balance.

Reference Librarians who conduct Jobseekers Resource Seminars:
Margie Freilich-Den : 203.291.4845 or email: mfreilich-den [at] westportlibrary [dot] org

Updated: November 2013