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The Bridge – our event series for professional women of all career stages – is proud to present Connect & Converse. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the additional stress we are all under, we reimagined our annual networking event.

Join us for Connect & Converse, a virtual networking hour that allows you to stretch your body and mind with women of all career stages. For the first 5 minutes, a certified personal trainer will lead you through a handful of at-home stretches to help you reset and refocus. 

After that, we will move into small breakout rooms where a Brown Smith Wallace host will lead a discussion about current events, networking and professional development in the time of COVID-19. Our goal is for women to leave the event refreshed from new connections and conversations.

Join us virtually for our next event!

Connect & Converse:
Take a break and relax! Stretch your body and mind with women of all career stages.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
8 - 9 a.m.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Zoom Meeting
Once registered, a unique link will be emailed to you.

Register by clicking on the above date you would like to attend!

Brown Smith Wallace created The Bridge with professional women of all career stages in mind. This special event series is designed to be a vehicle for networking, fun and professional development. Learn more about our women’s initiative in this Accounting Today article.

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Past Events

We launched our series in November 2014 with a breakfast presentation by Melenie Broyles of Etiquette Saint Louis. More than 250 women enjoyed  Melenie’s presentation “How Not 2 Act This Holiday Season: Making Connections Count.” Click here to download Melenie’s 10 tips for how not to act during the holiday season.

In January 2015, more than 300 women kick-started the new year with Hillary Sale, professor at Washington University School of Law. Hillary presented three strategies for networking and building your confidence in 2015. Click here to download Hillary’s three networking strategies.

In May 2015, nationally acclaimed “generational guru” Anne Loehr discussed the personality traits and key differences of each generation in today’s workforce – Gen X, Millennials and Baby Boomers – and shared practical tips and advice on bridging generational gaps. Click here to download Anne’s generation overview.

To shake things up, we hosted The Bridge BOOtique on October 29, 2015, an evening of shopping supporting more than 50 local, woman-owned businesses selling custom jewelry, clothing, home decor, specialty gifts, food and more.

To see more photos from past events, click here.

On January 14, 2016, Marianne Worthington, founder of Work Warrior, presented “Conflict Resolution Strategies for Women,” and discussed tips to help stand your ground, overcome obstacles and achieve resolutions this new year. Click here to download Marianne’s top 10 tips for dealing with toxic people.

We negotiate countless times a day, both professionally and personally, but are there ways to do it better? On May 10, 2016, special guest speaker Michelle Duguid shared strategies for overcoming obstacles women face in negotiations and tips for getting more of what you want through the negotiation process.

We hosted our second annual The Bridge BOOtique on October 27, 2016, an evening of shopping supporting more than 50 local, woman-owned businesses selling custom jewelry, clothing, home decor, specialty gifts, food and more.

On May 17, 2017, we hosted our eighth event for The Bridge! Special guest speaker Jan Torrisi-Mokwa discussed how to assess the meaningful relationships that support your career growth, how to develop them more fully and how to recognize opportunities for building your personal “Career Board of Directors.” Click here to download Jan’s worksheet for creating a “Career Board of Directors.”

We hosted our third annual The Bridge BOOtique on October 26, 2017, an evening of shopping supporting nearly 50 local, women-owned businesses selling custom jewelry, clothing, home decor, specialty gifts, food and more.

On May 16, 2018, we hosted our ninth annual event, featuring special guest speaker Teri Griege. Teri is a cancer survivor, ironman, inspirational speaker and Founder & CEO of the Powered By Hope foundation. She is recognized as a leading expert on resilience, and through her inspirational story, Teri has developed all-purpose tools for battling adversity that are extremely impactful.

We hosted our fourth annual The Bridge BOOtique on October 25, 2018.

On May 21, 2019, we hosted our 10th annual event for The Bridge, featuring Harvard Research Fellow Siri Chilazi. Siri is a recognized expert in advancing women and promoting gender equality within organizations. Her presentation focused on unconscious bias in the workplace and attendees left with practical tools to combat the issue. 

On October 30, 2019, we hosted our fifth annual The Bridge BOOtique.

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