“The TOYASE Way: the why and how to

a bright future in a career-disrupting economy”

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

It’s a long and winding road these days to sustain one’s career.  There are unanticipated curves to navigate and hills and mountains to climb as well as turnoffs on unmapped backroads that may require a u-turn.  Gone are the days when the career path is straight and the terrain familiar and peaceful.

Come join us Tuesday, May 16, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson SE, in downtown Grand Rapids for a presentation by career coaches Tom Tock and Ken Soper.  They’ll explain “the TOYASE way”, why it makes sense, and how you can plan and take some practical actions to assure you’re always employable and keeping alert to new developments that may suggest a career or job change may be a good decision.

This is our 30th edition of NetWork 2 NewWork.  The interactive presentation will begin at 6 pm and end around 7, bookended before and after with refreshments and networking.  Following the event, you may want to journey to other venues in our beautiful downtown on what’s likely to be a lovely May evening.  Be sure to bring your business cards.

Having a network’s now an imperative for our present career and our futures as well as that of our employers and even the economy’s health.  In fact, part of our value to our employer (and future ones) is our network.

  • If we put off building and nurturing our connections, letting employers and the tasks they want done completely preoccupy us, dictating the use of all our time, they keep us from making our own professional (and personal) development a priority and make us vulnerable to exigencies and cycles of the economy.
  • Furthermore, innovation and creativity often comes from new directions, ‘mistakes’ of bumping into an event, idea or person we wouldn’t have if we’d not taken the risk to make new connections and share ideas and activities with people we don’t ‘normally’ run into.

Each NetWork 2 NewWork event presentation is woven together…an orchestrated networking opportunity, expanding and strengthening your network and that of those you meet, because they get to know you and you them–more an art than a science.

In addition, there will be the opportunity to get a LinkedIn “headshot” at the event for a modest donation.  This photo opportunity has become a regular feature at NetWork 2 NewWork events.  Check with the volunteer at the Sign-In Table when you arrive if you’re interested.

Take advantage of networking opportunities and food by coming right at or soon after 5:00, then continue after the presentation to practice your skills and developing habits essential to building a powerful and giving network.


Since July 2012 the support of EaRN Employment and Resource Network has helped us keep these events remain FREE.   If you wish to donate–please do so HERE and thank you!–we will provide a receipt for your tax preparation as our sponsor, EaRN, is an IRS-recognized 501c3 non-profit organization.

These NW2NW events always have an underlying theme–we’re increasing becoming aware how at-will employment makes us all self-employed free agents, focusing on all forms of work—as an employee, contract worker, staffing firm associate, consultant, business owner, entrepreneur, and volunteer—and that continuous networking is critical to finding work and staying employable in this new economy.

Hosted by

Hosted by Westminster Presbyterian Church & EaRN

47 Jefferson Avenue SE, downtown Grand Rapids

  • Check-in, food & networking:   5:00-6:00 pm
  • “The TOYASE Way” presentation, 6:00-7:00 pm~
  • More food & networking:  7:00-7:45 pm
  • Door Prize Drawings: 7:45-8:00 pm
  • Post-Event Extended Networking in downtown GR