Learning from Failure for Future Success: 3 Stories

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.,

in the Fellowship Hall at St. Anthony of Padua Church,

2510 Richmond NW, between Leonard & 3-Mile, NW Grand Rapids

Come join us for an evening learning from the “failure stories” of 3 successful individuals who’ve used the art of “failing forward” to build future success and sustain their careers.

We meet for refreshments and networking before and after the ‘failure’ stories, using the gathering as a means of expanding our connections in the spirit of the Golden Rule, Jesus’ words to us from the Sermon on the Mount.

And of course, NW2NW orchestrated networking throughout the evening—bring 10 business cards to use as you connect with others like you enhancing and sustaining their careers.

This is our 7th year and the 40th edition (since July 2012) with the support of EaRN Employment and Resource Network and many volunteers.

A modest $5 donation at the door helps us keep these events affordable for everyone.  We can accept credit/debit cards.

RSVP now using the red “Register Now” button on the right of this page.  Doing so helps us plan refreshments, materials, and space arrangements and manage our event budget.   Thanks.


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

Take advantage of networking opportunities (and food) by coming right at beginning of the event, then continue after the presentation to practice your skills and developing habits essential to building your powerful network.

With our rapidly changing and disruptive economy, many people still find it challenging to find meaningful work to sustain their career.  Employers relentlessly continue cutting costs, using new ‘automation’ to augment or even replace former human resources activities, and push their employees to long hours and more stringent methods of measuring value-added.

Nonetheless, with unemployment relatively low (depending on which economist’s data you read!), career changers and job hunters can still embrace an opportunity to explore new options…if they consistently 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 and the employer’s decisions.  
  • 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.

These NW2NW events always have two underlying themes:

  • “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 critically necessary in finding work and staying employable in this new economy.”
  • Part of our value to our employer (and future ones) is our network for with it we have abundant resources to make our employers and ourselves continuously successful in fulfilling mission and purpose.

Hosted by

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church & EaRN

2510 Richmond NW, Grand Rapids

  • Check-in begins: 5:30pm
  • Food & networking:   5:30-6:00 pm
  • Learning from Failure stories, 6:15-7:15 pm~
  • More food & networking:  7:15-7:55 pm
  • Door Prize Drawings: 7:55-8:00 pm