Tell me a bit about your definition of a network.
When I think of networks, I think of relationships and relationship-building. A network starts with one person; those people connect to other people, who connect with others. Yet there is usually someone at the beginning who puts the network in motion (a network-weaver). As an example, I started a Challah for Hunger chapter at my university, UVA. When I spoke at Hillel, someone came up to me afterwards and said he would love me to meet his friend -- and now this friend is donating ingredients for challah-baking.
What value do you get from being a part of your networks?
A lot. I have people to go to for advice or to ask for resources. But mostly I get to be a part of conversations – both to take part and to listen. For instance, twitter is wonderful way both to network and talk to other people and to listen too.
Do you have a best practice in network-weaving you’d like to share?
I look for “connectors” – the people and/or organizations who are engaged in creating smaller networks and bring these people together. By finding and listening to the connectors, you can learn a lot about who is doing what.
Are there any networks you wished existed that you’d like to start?
I’d love to create an interaction between students and professionals – connecting people looking for mentorships, internships, and jobs with people already doing great work.
Kate Belza tweets as @kate_belza.