By Denise Yanez
Loyola University Chicago hosted an event Tuesday titled, “Building a Network…Keeping a Network with Professor Kevin Lee.”
The event was sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus.
Building a network is simple–you meet people, you mingle, you “network,” you exchange business cards–now what?
Kevin Lee answered just that. He is an accounting professor at both Loyola University Chicago and Northwestern University and doubles in a career as Vice President of Business Alliances at Footprint Retail Services.
He gave the “dos and don’ts” of networking and expressed the importance of face-to-face networking.
He debunked many generational myths such as the idea that networking events were a thing of the past or the idea behind social media.
“Social media isn’t networking. Social media is a networking tool,” said Lee.
Much to the surprise of the students in attendance, who believed that Linkedin, Facebook, or Twitter would suffice in building their own networks.
Students were buzzing with chatter after the event, many of them, unknowingly, networked amongst themselves.
“Being a graduate of Loyola University Chicago is going to get us far in terms of networking–but what good will that do us if we can’t keep it. That’s why I came to this event, to learn how to keep it and use it to my advantage–even in my field,” said Danielle Johnson, 21, biology major.
“Dr Kevin Lee gave us his own human insights on how to have a successful network. He shined on his own personal experience and he gave us real life facts that we can work off of,” said Chandni Shah, 21, junior in the School of Communication.