EPIC Toledo to host networking, leadership eventWritten by Paige Shermis | | email@example.com
EPIC Toledo is set to host the T-Town Dash, a networking and puzzle-solving event for young professionals interested in upbeat leadership training, on July 11.
EPIC (Engaging People, Inspiring Change), the Toledo Chamber of Commerce’s young professionals group, has 1,450 individual members and 65 corporate members, according to a news release. It’s the largest group of its kind in the Toledo region.
Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. at Fifth Third Field, and the event runs from 6-8 p.m. in Downtown Toledo.
T-Town Dash is no ordinary networking social, said Sara Swisher, EPIC Toledo’s director.
“The T-Town Dash is an opportunity for young professionals to get together in the area. It showcases and highlights the Downtown businesses and attractions,” Swisher said.
The event is open to everyone in the community and costs $10.
“[The Dash] starts at Fifth Third Field. We put attendees in random groups so that they’re forced to get to know some new people and network, and they’re taken on different paths around town, where they’re assigned clues and have to figure out which location to go to next. Paths stop at different businesses and attractions around Downtown Toledo,” Swisher said.
This is the second annual T-Town Dash. Last year’s event was met with “great response,” Swisher said.
Greg Clausing organized this year’s T-Town Dash. He said he planned each location carefully.
“One of the key things about this event is that people network not only with their team, but with other people in their business and areas. Also, that they meet some new people and network with the business, and get more comfortable with those types of scenarios that you talk and interact with people that you may not be familiar with. It’s an important skill that people should have,” Clausing said.
Clausing said that the activities were designed to help people get out of their comfort zones and ultimately learn and grow. This feeds back into EPIC’s goals.
“One our main tenants of EPIC as an organization is to try to attract and retain young professionals. If we have programming that young professionals like to do, we hope they do stay and not think that Toledo is a boring city,” Clausing said.
Clausing said there are two main ways to join EPIC: through the website and at an EPIC event.
“Go to epictoledo.com, and most of big corporations are [already there]. Or, people can sign up individually. After that you just start coming to events and meeting people.
Another option is to come to an event and sign up from there. We always welcome walk-ins,” he said.
For more information about the T-Town Dash, contact Swisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (419) 243-8191. To register online, visit www.epictoledo.com.