Locations and Times
WIND South: Canton
Professional Networking and Senior Executive Forum
- Facilitator: Larry Elle
- 8:30 am – 12 noon, Thursdays
- Trinity Episcopal Church
1 Blue Hill River Road, Canton MA
WIND North: Wilmington
- Facilitator: Fred Nothnagel
- 8:30 am – 12 noon, Wednesdays
- Wilmington United Methodist Church
87 Church St., Wilmington MA
WIND East: Watertown
- Facilitator: Gail Birger
- 9:00 am – 12 noon
2nd and 4th Tuesdays
- St. John's United Methodist Church
80 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown MA
Parking is available in the church parking lot and also across the street from the church (on the Starbuck's side). The church is conveniently located about two blocks north from Watertown Square.
WIND West: Westborough
- Facilitators: Gail Birger
- 9:00 am – 12 noon
1st and 3rd Tuesdays
- St. Lukes Catholic Church Parish Center
1 Ruggles St., Westborough MA
For more information, visit the WIND networking website
I accepted a position in Cambridge. It has been a very long, tough battle, filled with rejections, disappointments and at times self-doubt. Thanks to the [WIND facilitators] for your ongoing support, kind words, encouragement and professionalism. I was an advocate for WIND from Day One, and always publicized the meetings and the value they provided. When I interviewed, I felt I knew everything to do, every answer, every form of body language, voice tone, when to interject, when to listen, how to negotiate, what to say in follow up correspondence, how to handle phone interviews, what to wear, etc. That’s because you have provided a college education in Getting A Job. Go WIND!!!
L.R., WIND Member
WIND: Job Search Networking
Harvard’s Grandovetter’s study found that networking was a crucial component in approximately 72% of all professional hires. Networking is absolutely necessary in today’s tough job market and all Success Associates clients are encouraged to participate in networking organizations like WIND.
In the Boston area, the best group for professionals to network with is WIND, an organization whose mission is to provide professionals a weekly opportunity to
- sharpen job search skills, and
- stay motivated and focused throughout their job search.
Registration costs only $10.00 and qualifies you for all five WIND meeting sites. Meetings cost $10.00. WIND’s Senior Executive Forum (at WIND South in Canton, MA) costs $15.00. New members need only arrive at a meeting and register to join. Members have access to extensive job search resources and guest speaker presentations, as well as a diverse network of professionals, many of whom have become reemployed with the assistance of the WIND program.
WIND membership also qualifies interested members to obtain additional fee-based, small group and individual career consulting services offered by WIND’s facilitators on an ongoing basis.
What makes WIND unique among networking groups?
The quality of both its resources and its members have earned WIND its reputation as the premier networking group of its kind in New England. WIND is widely respected by corporations, recruiters, employment agencies and outplacement firms alike, who frequently volunteer their time to speak at WIND meetings about the job search, and who regularly refer their clients to WIND. How is WIND structured?
Since its inception in 1990, WIND has served thousands of professionals in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. WIND currently runs five weekly meetings. See left for meeting location and times in Massachsuetts.
What takes place at WIND meetings?
- Small Group Networking
- Job Search Team Meetings
- Employment Listings and Search Resources
- Job Search Resources
- One-on-One Coaching
- Upcoming Events
- Good News — Members Employed!
- New Member Introductions
- Guest Speaker Presentations
- Job Search Needs and Leads
What should newcomers know?
Newcomers should arrive when doors open for their first WIND meeting. This provides time to sign in and be greeted by veteran members. Business attire is requested; resumes are useful, although not required. No advance notice of attendance is necessary, but inquiry calls are welcome. For more information, visit www.windnetworking.net.
How can WIND benefit employers and recruiters?
By emailing job postings to WIND, hiring or recruiting organizations gain instant access to a large, highly qualified pool of professional candidates.
In addition, employers can refer laid-off employees to WIND, thereby offering them a powerful supplement to other outplacement services which may already be in place.
Should professionals receiving outplacement services attend WIND meetings?
Yes. WIND acts as a complement to any job search training you may have already received, by providing a weekly forum in which to network and to hone your job search skills.
WIND meetings provide a positive, productive environment in which to keep up your momentum – a critical component of a successful job transition
Who facilitates WIND meetings?
WIND is directed by Fred Nothnagel and meetings are facilitated by perhaps the most experienced career consultants in New England, professionals with unparalleled knowledge of the Metro-Boston labor market who have placed thousands of professionals with area companies. To see their full biographies visit the WIND website. WIND facilitators have conducted numerous presentations at outplacement and career assistance facilities on behalf of professionals in job transition throughout New England.
And finally, where does the acronym “WIND” come from?
“Wednesday Is Networking Day.” WIND’s original weekly meeting was held north of Boston Wednesday mornings, known now as WIND/North.