PD Bootcamp #15- Best Practices for Building a Meaningful Network
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When: 2/3/2017
5:00PM Registration | 5:30PM - 7:30PM Program
Where: MillerCoors - Visitors Center
4251 W State St,
Milwaukee 53208
United States
Presenter: Denise Thomas
Contact: Sofina Ziu
(414) 287-4144

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Best Practices for Building a Meaningful Network
Instructor: Denise Thomas, The Effective Communication Coach


You’ve exchanged business cards with dozens of people.  You heard more elevator speeches than you can remember.  And you’ve accepted an untold number of LinkedIn requests – but you still aren’t feeling connected to most of the people you’ve “networked” with over the years.

“Best Practices for Building a Meaningful Network” will teach you how to grow genuine, lasting relationships that enhance your career and overall quality of life.  Whether you’re trying to land that perfect job, get a new business off the ground, or make more connections in Milwaukee, you’ll learn some strategies that’ll reshape the way you approach meeting new people.

You will learn:

  • How networking has evolved over the years
  • How to develop and re-fresh your own networking style
  • To identify the value that can be exchanged between you and a new connection
  • Skills to listen and communicate in a memorable, effective way
  • To make networking more purposeful and fun



Denise Thomas is the president and founder of The Effective Communication Coach, a consultancy focused on helping new leaders and driven professionals master the arts of communication and networking.

With 15 years of experience in global supply chain and information technology, Denise has honed the ability to deliver and receive messages across language, cultural, and communication-style barriers.  She has served and been recognized for excellence in leadership at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Inc., Rockwell Automation, ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo, General Electric and MillerCoors.

Denise continues her focus on empowering emerging leaders by teaching communication strategy to professionals.  Organizations she’s worked with include Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee, City Year Milwaukee, YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, Cardinal Stritch University, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee.

Denise was recently named the ONE MKE "Professional of the Year," and is the recipient of NV Magazine's 2016 "Movers and Shakers" award and the MillerCoors Diversity and Inclusion award in 2015.

She proudly serves as Leadership Co-Chair for Tempo Milwaukee Emerging Women Leaders, sits on the Board of Directors for the Meta House and the Stellar Collegiate Charter School in Milwaukee.  Denise is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University in Business Management.


  • Miller Tour 4:00pm (Optional, please inform Sofina - sziu@mmac.org)
  • Registration 5:00am
  • Presentation 5:30pm
  • Closing 7:30pm 

All attendees must be over 21 years old and show a government issued photo ID



(Includes complimentary beer courtesy of MillerCoors and light dinner appetizers from Antigua)

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