A strong “I” on the Myers-Briggs test, early in her career Lauren Hays did not think she would engage in networking or find it easy. However, after learning practical strategies that she has implemented she can remain comfortably an introvert and also expand her professional opportunities.
In this session, Lauren will share her own story to discovering the benefits and pleasures of networking. She will also share networking strategies and discuss ideas for how to anyone can grow their professional network.

At the end of this program, attendees will:
Discover practical examples for networking
Identify low barriers to entry in networking
Recognize where they can implement networking strategies in their professional lives


Original January 21, 2020

Biography ~ Lauren Hays
Lauren Hays, PhD, is the instructional and research librarian at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS where she enjoys teaching and being a member of her institution’s Faculty Development Committee. She has co-presented at the annual conference for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and was the 2017 speaker on SoTL for the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee’s Midwinter Discussion. Her professional interests include SoTL, teaching, information literacy, educational technology, library and information science education, teacher identity, and academic development. On a personal note, she loves dogs, traveling, and home.