Suggested Career & Business Groups near California
Professionals & Social Networking Group - Bay Area
Come and join the group! Find out what your next opportunity may be.
This meetup group is for professionals like you to network and meet people in your own profession or of other professions that are of interest to you all over lunch.
We will be hosting monthly events with different professions like marketing, legal, medical, engineering, interpreters, education, entrepreneurs, etc. Our events will be held in safe, private nice environments and locations during lunch hours. We will also be inviting and preparing a well experienced professional for each event to give a talk and answer questions.
Women L.E.A.D Toastmasters
Santa Clara, CA
Women L.E.A.D. Toastmasters’ Purpose: to provide a safe platform to practice public speaking, build future leaders, empower others, find our voice, and share ideas across cultures. Our mission is to empower people like you. Anyone can join. Weekly (on Wednesday at 7 pm PT) theme-based meetings to practice prepared speeches, impromptu speeches, and evaluations.
Silicon Valley Startup: Idea to IPO
Palo Alto, CA
Entrepreneurship permeates the culture of Silicon Valley - the innovation capital of the world.
The advent of the Digital Age has democratized innovation and entrepreneurship.
Never before has it been more possible for anyone from anywhere, with a great idea and a burning desire to succeed, to make it big, and in the process, change the world in a relatively short period of time.
HP, Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, Yahoo, eBay, Amazon, Google, Facebook and many, many, many other iconic companies all started with just an idea.
Taking a startup from idea to IPO has taken on mythical proportions in Silicon Valley and beyond. Many dream the dream, with hopes of launching the "next big thing".
We are a community of entrepreneurs, technologists, engineers, venture capitalists, angel investors, educators, financial professionals, corporate executives, attorneys, academics, bloggers, writers, content creators, and social activists.
Our mission is to provide entrepreneurs with the knowledge, guidance, tools, and connections they need to succeed. Our goal is to build a strong, vibrant, collaborative entrepreneurial community with deep, lasting business and social relationships throughout Silicon Valley and beyond.
One of the compelling features of our organization is our packed, busy calendar of informative programs and practical activities designed to help our entrepreneurial members achieve their objectives and realize their aspirations. Taking advantage of this vast array of relevant content will make you a better entrepreneur.
We believe in working together. We share resources, exchange ideas, and actively engage with each other -- on a personal level as well as on a business level. We participate in on-line as well as off-line events.
Our events feature expert speakers, networking opportunities, collaboration, community, and fellowship.
Many events on our calendar are in held in collaboration with other like-minded Silicon Valley organizations and institutions.
Our popular business and social networking mixers are festive occasions that allow you to meet new people from many different groups. We hold many social events to help members connect on a personal level and make friends.
Our network is expansive and global. We have members throughout the U.S. and around the world. We welcome international entrepreneurs from everywhere in the world to become part of our global community.
We are inclusive, not exclusive. : - )
We believe entrepreneurial educational opportunities should be accessible to anyone with a dream and ambition.
We are inspired by:
Bay Area Content Marketing
Redwood City, CA
For the past 5 years, we've brought marketers together around an expert presentation. We hosted presenters from leading companies like VMware, SiriusDecisions, Flipboard, Marketo, InVision and Demandbase.
We also hosted our local Congresswoman, Representative Jackie Speier, and Content Marketing Institute (CMI) Founder Joe Pulizzi.
Guests have traveled from near (e.g., Palo Alto) and far (e.g., Tokyo and Kazakhstan).
We used to meet once a month (in the Bay Area) over pizza. These days, we're 100% online and meet more often. All of our online Meetups are hosted on Zoom and free to attend. All are welcome!
Hope to see you on Zoom! Our upcoming Meetups are here 👇
District 4 Toastmasters Public Speaking & Leadership Meetup
San Francisco, CA
Looking to develop speaking and leadership skills? Win that job interview? Ignite your career?
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is 270,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 13,000 clubs that make up our global network of meeting locations.
Membership in Toastmasters is one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself. At $55 every six months, it is also one of the most cost-effective skill-building tools available anywhere. Individual clubs may require extra nominal payments for club dues.
District 4 Toastmasters comprises about 230 clubs from San Francisco to Monterey! Each Toastmasters club provides a safe and supportive environment to practice communication and leadership skills. We will post significant Toastmasters events in this Meetup where you can drop in and meet other Toastmasters and see how they have benefited from being Toastmasters. Speech contests, District conferences and Club Open Houses are opportunities to experience Toastmasters.
How Does It Work?
A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere.
There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success.
Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure.
Members learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual, a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking.
Silicon Valley Startup Incubation And Acceleration
Santa Clara, CA
The Silicon Valley Startup Incubation And Acceleration is a non-profit organization for startup entrepreneurs to attend networking sessions, seminars, workshops, coaching and mentoring programs organized by incubators and investors.
Entrepreneurs, innovators, developers, executives, startup founders and business owners, please join us if you want to get help with business basics, participate in networking activities and cofounder mixers, find marketing resources and strategic partners, seek investors and venture capital, get access to advisory boards and mentors, as well as improve entrepreneurship skills in various training programs.
Santa Clara, CA
Join our weekly meetings to practice public speaking / communication and leadership skills.
Join one of Wry office hours to explore joining Wry Toastmasters as a member.
Anyone who wants to take their communication, leadership skills to the next level is welcome. Wry Toastmasters is a learning lab with a supportive environment.
Why join? Check out Wry meetings because Wry will provide a small GIFT to the first 8 guests who join Wry as a member by 12/7, 2021, 8pm PST. Ask us for details. (Small GIFT: $10 Starbucks gift card or $10 TI gift cert. while available)
See also Wry website at:
Port Product Lab
The Product Lab at Port Workspaces is a well-equipped design, rapid prototyping and fabrication space. Our community of local designers, fabricators, and producers have complementary skills, which allows each to do more of what they do best.
Tired of working in isolation in your garage or warehouse space? Want to join a growing community of local entrepreneurs and emerging companies? Need to spend part of your day at a desk, and part at a workbench? Is your team a combination of hands-on engineers and desk workers? The Product Lab is for you.
The Product Lab is now an SBDC affiliate, providing direct support to manufacturers throughout Northern California, and hosting workshops and short intensive programs to help those businesses succeed and grow.
Fresno Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency Investors
Let's talk about Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies. Many have already made millions of dollars by positioning themselves correctly with cryptocurrencies, let's learn from each other on how we can benefit in the growing world of cryptos!
This group started meeting in person in Fresno, California in 2018 but with the Covid situation we've been online and have had people join in from a number of states and well as a few different countries. Everyone anywhere is welcome!
What are Bitcoins? Check out the videos below:
Short Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um63OQz3bjo
Detailed Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8SDnI3fNl0&t=25s
SF Free School
San Francisco, CA
Throughout the week the SF Free School offers free classes to anyone and everyone who wants to learn, have fun and meet new people. Classes we've offered have been in music and dance, martial arts and yoga, meditation and philosophy, dating and relationships, acting and improvisation, networking and social media, foreign languages, computer use, job hunting, startups - and many other topics as well.
The SF Free School is focused on sharing activities and teaching skills which are fun, healthy and useful. We are currently only listing classes that are located in the SF area. Our events are often styled as potlucks, classes, workshops and public talks. We go on field trips, so we can explore new areas and discover new things, and we like to gather in parks and public areas. Indoors we gather in community centers and community meeting rooms, or we might be found in cafes, private homes and in public classrooms.
All classes and events at our locations are free of charge and open to all. We do not ask for cash for any of our classes and events and everyone is always welcome to attend our classes and events free of charge. Though our instructors and event hosts can accept donations which are freely offered for the classes and events they hold with us they may never ask for cash or donations from anyone who attends the classes and events they make available through the SF Free School.
We only have one rule at the Free School: Be Excellent to Each Other – and that is the only payment we ever require.
So come and enjoy yourself, start training your body and your mind, meet new people - or teach and share what you know. You are always welcome.
Multi Family / Single Family Out of State Investing
Los Gatos, CA
This is a group for anyone interested in real estate investing, education and networking. We are starting this group because we want to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from others. We are a small group of investors who live in Silicon Valley, and invest solely out-of-state. We have significant experience in both Single-Family investment properties and Multi-Family properties. We would love to have you in our group!
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African American Women of Monterey Bay
This group is for black women interested in connecting, networking, learning, making friendships and growing personally and professionally.
If you enjoy engaging conversation, dinners with great company, self-care, fun activities, movies, books, the arts, and are looking to network or just hang out with other strong black women, you have come to the right place!
Los Gatos Real Estate Investing Meetup Group
Los Gatos, CA
Welcome real estate investors! Our in-person gatherings combine real estate investing education and networking opportunities to help you grow wealth. Newbies and those with extensive portfolios are welcome. We hope that you learn something useful, find someone to partner with or get a hot lead at our next gathering
This meetup is sponsored by David Johanson, the owner of Daybreak Properties. David is focused on multiplying the wealth that 20 in Silicon Valley has afforded him through long distance investing in small multifamily apartments, single-family homes and lease-options.
Oakland Public Speakers
Welcome to our network of non-profit Toastmasters clubs in Oakland which exist to help YOU with your public speaking, storytelling and communication skills. You're welcome to visit a few club meetings based on the time and place that works for your schedule.
Sample the public speaking waters and see how our diverse, friendly community is a great way to connect and make new friends!
Toastmasters International is a worldwide community with proven speaking and communication programs to take scared public speakers, self-professed introverts and unskilled managers and grow them into confident, competent, and even amazing leaders and presenters — all at your own pace, based on your own goals.
We're a non-profit, so we're cheap to join, and all we really want is for you to come grow in our safe environment, joining our supportive and amazing community!
Communication Skills for Career Advancement
To improve your career, in addition to having specialized job skills, you also need to develop excellent communication skills, which is what we will do in our group meetings.
In this group, we will especially focus on improving your
* Connection with co-workers
* Comfort with various social situations.
* Communication with strangers
* Public speaking
Why is communication skills important to your career?
Good communication skills will help you in your job interviews and get the job that you want. Good communication with your co-workers and good presentations at work meetings will tend to get you noticed by your superiors, who will slot you in for promotions. If you do people-related work, such as work in real estate, your communication with your clients will often mean the difference between making thousands of dollars or not.
If professional or business success is something you are looking for, whatever your profession or business, this group may be exactly what you need to advance your career to the next level.
In this group, we will have free, regular meetup events on Zoom in which we will learn and practice communication skills. The instructor for this group has over 20 years of experience coaching communication skills.
The group is created by the Dianetics & Scientology life improvement center in Sacramento, California.
Silicon Valley Coworking
Coworking Space managers/owners: gather to support and learn from each other and to offer your space, events and inspiration to Entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurs and Coworkers at large: Explore and find your ideal Coworking spaces/communities, increase productivity, get inspired & meet the people that will raise your projects to the next level.
What's Coworking? The idea is to bring all you bright, innovative people together in spaces where you can inspire and be inspired, share ideas and knowledge with a community that supports you and your projects and spark the new flames that fuel and change the world for the better.
San Rafael, CA
What is Fore Us?
Fore Us is a loosely based organization whose “members” meet every other week to play a round of golf, socialize and network.
How do I join? What are the requirements?
There are no membership requirements other than enjoying a round of golf with a great group of people in or around fabulous Marin County. There are no dues associated other than paying for your round of golf. Just let us know if you would like to join us for a round by contacting Gary.
What courses do you play at?
Most of our rounds take place in Marin, although lately we have been venturing out to other courses outside of the county. For a list of recently played courses, click here, or you can view the announcements on our home page to some of our recent meetups.
What sort of networking activities do you have?
After each round, those who are interested can gather in the clubhouse or at a restaurant for drinks and/or dinner. Occasionally a member will make a presentation on their services or sharing information that they feel will be beneficial to others.
SF Bay Area Evaluators (and Applied Researchers)
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Bay Area Evaluators is for anyone working in or interested in program evaluation or applied research in the Bay Area. Our aim is to create a member-led space to share experiences and resources, brainstorm ideas and ask questions about our fields and make stronger connections. We discuss topics such as evaluation use, applied research techniques, managing expectations, internal evaluation issues, consulting, technology in evaluation and cultural competence, to name a few. We also work to support professional development opportunities and educational activities in areas of interest to members.
Join our efforts and become a member to continue these discussions and opportunities!
All are welcome to join: program evaluators, consulting professionals, applied researchers , nonprofit administrators and anyone new to or interested in these professional areas.
Let's grow in numbers!
SFBAE Planning Committee
San Jose, CA
One of the basic human psychological needs is the connection with fellow human beings. It creates a sense of belonging and love.
Toastmasters is a safe platform for practicing and developing communication and Leadership skills The Interpersonal Toastmasters club provides a supportive platform for developing effective interpersonal communication to build strong and meaningful relationships.
Join us at Interpersonal Toastmasters!