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"Leaders unwilling to seek mutually workable arrangements with systems external to their own are not serving the long-term institutional interests of their constituents.”
— John Gardner, On Leadership

Networking is a leadership skill and EPFP is a proving ground for the development of a broad national network of individual and organizational colleagues. EPFP increase the breadth and the density of the working relationships that are vital to the exchange of knowledge, experience and resources. Varied EPFP program venues promote group interaction which will facilitate the creation of two types of social capital—bonding social capital, both short-term and long-term, and bridging social capital. The intent: to help Fellows develop and refine their capacities to cross organizations, cultures, sectors, and issues, and to help them build broad networks of individuals and institutions.


May 2017: Networking Resources 

Start Networking with People Outside your Industry

Networking is an important part of developing a strong circle of professional contacts, but the lack diversity in your contacts can affect you negatively in the long run.

Networking: It’s not about the Networking Events

This Forbes article offers four ideas on how to kickstart and maintain networking opportunities without stepping foot in a networking event. "Networking isn’t just about the big networking event or exchanging business cards at a conference; it’s about the connections you make and what you do with them."

Nine Networking Tips for Very Shy People

Jim Nichols VP of Marketing for Apsalar, outlines nine tips for effective networking for shy individuals. Get past your networking demons. With these simple approaches, anyone can find networking to be a little bit simpler. 


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