Networking with Donna Messer Event – A Huge Success!

It was one of the sunny days of October 2013. And it was the day of October when we had the evening networking event with Donna Messer aka “Queen of Networking”.

As mentioned on her web site ( Speaker”, “journalist”, “author”, “coach”, “trainer”, “advisor”, “facilitator”, “mentor” and “leader” are all words that describe Donna Messer to a tee.

The event started with great nibble food from Toronto International Centre, just to mention some: Mini Mason Jars filled with British-Style Sheppard’s Pie, Smoked Salmon Mousse and Traditional Chicken Pot Pie.

With 70 people in attendance, a Poker networking game helped us meet new people along with networking with our old friends and colleagues.

Donna Messer was introduced by our new great MC: Jane Mangat.

Once Donna came in from of the audience we had the chance to learn that it’s all in the Power of Leverage.  We went through the idea of pushing ourselves from the comfort zone, to how to make connections and improve our networking skills and how to measure our actions.  We learned great tips to follow if you would like to become more visible: go out and meet new people, be active in the groups you belong to, write a book /article, blog and mentor.  It was a full continuous improvement cycle: plan, do, check and act.

The best tip of the day? It is not about you, it is about what you can do to help others. So, the saying “what comes around goes around” proves right one more time.

Donna is also WFIM’s Chair of the Mentoring program.  If you are interested in being a mentor or mentee this year, please contact her at

Looking forward for the next event: Academy Breakfast on November 05 2013.

Best Regards,

Mariana Macovei, WFIM Chair Events

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