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Join us November 15 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. for Venue Connect, an enlightened networking and speaker series with happy hour and networking!

This session’s program focus is How to Build Your Network in a Hybrid World. Attendees can expect to connect with other professionals, enjoy refreshments, and learn from the presentation.


  • 5:00 p.m. – Free happy hour and networking begins
  • 5:45 p.m. – Presentation
  • 6:30 p.m. – Attendees are encouraged to stay for additional networking or dinner at Venue by 4M


Jen Laidlaw
Owner & Talent Development Consultant, TeamWerks
Jen helps people build confidence and skills to make their work lives more effective and enjoyable. She spent the majority of her career working for a mid-size business in the digital marketing industry, gaining experience in areas such as front-line leadership development, communication, inclusion, and workforce agility. Her training consistently engages participants and has practical and meaningful outcomes for the businesses she serves.

Kris Liebau
Leadership Coach & Keynote Speaker, Action and Ease Coaching
Kris is an inspiring keynote speaker and certified, award-winning leadership and mental fitness coach. She specializes in empowering engineering managers and executives to act with IMPACT by helping them turn off autopilot, uncover hidden barriers to success, and implement small shifts propelling them and their teams forward.

While registration is required, walk-ins are also welcome, but attendees must register with their email address on-site.

The Venue Connect series is hosted by Venue by 4M, a women-owned small business with a focus on fostering community through networking, events, sponsorships, housing, and hospitality. Check out the Venue by 4M restaurant and bar menu here.

Consider Venue Connect your warm-up for Ann Arbor SPARK’s Tech Homecoming event on Wednesday, November 22 (Thanksgiving Eve!). Tech Homecoming is an opportunity to connect talented professionals with Ann Arbor and its vibrant tech ecosystem. Bring your resume, mingle over drinks and appetizers, and try out your new networking skills!