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Exploring Life & Business with Christy Conner of The Confident Connector™

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christy Conner. She and the team share their story with us below:

International best-selling author Christy Conner provides a unique and transformative model to make networking easy and fun. Conner’s book, The Confident Connector™: How to Build Your Must-Have Professional Network in an Era of Job Insecurity, is a hands-on approach, complete with real-world strategies to inspire those who are new to networking and those who are looking to up their networking game.

Conner’s professional experience, global interests, and a light backpack have taken her to over fifty countries. Her career spans six business sectors, fourteen companies, and eighteen roles in nine departments. She has taught as an instructor of change management on five continents. It is from this unique vantage point that her grit and empathic leadership has been honed. Utilizing this global perspective coupled with local insights, she writes on leading-edge business topics that help companies work smarter and drive revenue.

Christy Conner is a community builder, business coach, speaker, and author. She earned her private pilot’s license and went on to obtain a BS in Aviation Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She has an MA in International Relations from the University of Southern California (USC). Co-organizer of Friday Coffee Meetup, the largest active entrepreneurial and tech innovation group in Los Angeles, with ~7,000+ members.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
After years of extensive travel and living abroad, I was back in US full time and needed to learn how to connect on both a personal and professional level in a new community. I have worked a good part of my career in the tech industry, which is known for its volatility and layoffs. Across all industries, work environments are shifting. There is now a large gig economy, and technology will impact workers and the paths they take in their careers as a result of it. I went through two layoffs, and those experiences shook me and shifted how I look at the importance of community and livelihood. I had reached a point in my life and career where I needed to expand my network in a new way. This book is the culmination of my experience in becoming a connector in my community and shares the experiences of twelve other super connectors.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
For executives, teams, and innovators, The Confident Connector™, is a clear and concise framework which leverages Christy’s career as a networker, connector, and adventurer. Christy uses an authentic and experienced perspective to share her expertise in connecting people and building strong relationships. She seamlessly blends her naturally introverted perspective with powerful techniques to inspire others to move past their fears and build a dynamic network that fulfills their aspirations.

The Confident Connector™ is a hands-on approach, complete with real-world examples, strategies, and testimonials, to inspire and energize those who are new to networking and those who are looking to up their networking game.

How do you define success?
Success is ever-evolving to me.

For the past, I realize the impact of my past and remember the pieces of me scatted around the world, hidden treasures of time that have shaped me.

For the present, I work on being healthy and in tune with the beauty that surrounds me. I try to courageously live each day as an extraordinary adventure.

For the future, I focus on a legacy of joy.

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Keith Berson, photo with book

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