44733019_sDo you know how to start a conversation with complete strangers or acquaintances?  Have you ever been to an event, meeting, interview or activity where you needed to engage but didn’t know how or where to start?

Build your professional development at Colby! Join us for this 1-hour interactive in-person training session to sharpen your skills, meet other Colby staff and faculty and have fun by engaging in a networking activity.

Open to all staff and faculty.  Prizes and food will be provided.

This session will help you:

  • Gain practical experience around the art of networking and making new connections.
  • Learn methods to initiate conversations with strangers inside and outside Colby.
  • Understand how networking can work for you.

About the facilitator(s):

Alisa Johnson, Career Center Director


A common theme throughout Alisa’s career, has been helping individuals move forward whether her role was that of teacher, advisor or coach.

Born in central Maine, Alisa is certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). She holds a Master of Science from Capella University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Maine, and a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College. Alisa was also a summer fellow of Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development.


Melissa Breger, Assistant Director for Talent Development 



Melissa describes herself as outgoing, creative and thoughtful.  With over 10 years of experience in training and development, Melissa’s passion for developing and delivering learning opportunities stays at the center of her work.  She has a depth of experience in providing learning solutions with many industries covering education, healthcare, and national non-profits.  Born in Massachusetts, Melissa holds a Master of Science in Organization Development and Strategic HR from Johns Hopkins University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Additionally, she holds certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), SHRM Senior Certified Professional, and Executive Coaching certification from Case Western University.

Further Resources for Networking Skills Development:

Community Resources:

 Career Center Resources:

  • Book: Vault Guide to Schmoozing.  
  • Book: 100 Conversations for Career Success.