2020 Leadership Summit Keynote

Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 9:00 a.m.- 10:15 a.m.

How To Not Suck At Networking

Networking is such a personal activity—it is not a one-size-fits-all practice. Most people get bogged down in the details and miss out on the foundation of how to build and retain an effective network. At the end of the day, no one cares what you do, but they do care about whether you know them, like them or trust them?

In an industry that puts a lot of value on the power of face-to-face connections, establishing and growing meaningful relationships is critical to long-term success. In this presentation, networking concierge Ashley Owens shares ways to nurture your current business relationships and create your own tactical, individualized approach. You will learn how to save time by recognizing the best strategic partners and effectively engaging contacts with email, messaging, social media, and other digital tools.

Dive in and engage with your peers in this highly interactive keynote. Leave understanding how to balance your strengths, network strategically and with confidence, and craft an authentic, powerful, professional networking process to achieve a wildly successful career.

Keynote: Ashley Owens, Founder, Ashley Assists, LLC.

Ashley Owens is the first and only Networking Concierge that puts you in the right situation or gets you out of the wrong one. As a networking concierge, Ashley works as a strategic partner, attending events with professionals as an extension and champion of them at local events and conferences. Starting her career as a personal and executive assistant to two celebrities in NYC, her experience in networking grew as she obtained positions in customer service, business analytics, and account management.

Since 2017, she has grown her business into something she could have NEVER dreamed of. Ashley is a host of two digital TV talk shows on RVNTV and This is it TV, speaking and interviewing on the topic of tactical networking. She has taken over 700 introduction phone calls with business professionals looking to grow their network, and has given close to 1,000 introductions. She has spoken to over 50 networking groups, organizations, companies, and conferences, including the coveted Pennsylvania Conference for Women.

She has been interviewed on the Mel Robbins Show on CBS, produces and hosts a podcast with her introvert work wife, Sara Rosenberg, raised over 5k local nonprofits that she partners with at her Cocktails and Conversation networking event, has over 185 referral partners, owns equity in two other startup companies and has been flown around country as a keynote speaker.