How to host successful alumni networking events

Make sure attendees have something in common

There are numerous variations on the traditional networking event—and there are countless ways for each type of event to go wrong. Whether the event is alumni-only or aimed at both current students and alumni, it's often a struggle to get people to come. And even when enough people do attend, there's no guarantee attendees will actually network with each other.

Learn other strategies for engaging today's alumni

An unsuccessful event doesn't help anybody (your team included), so it's important to control as many factors as you can. Learn how alumni relations staff at Washington University and DePaul University launched successful networking sessions by carefully curating their guest lists.

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Our New Rules of Engagement infographic outlines five strategies to build the next generation of alumni leaders and volunteers. Download the infographic.

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