The 7th Annual Charlotte Professional Networking Week Goes Virtual for 2021

Charlotte Professional Networking Week

The annual networking week will feature a variety of speakers from across the nation

Stand & Deliver, LLC, a professional development firm, will host the Seventh Annual Charlotte Professional Networking Week January 19-23, 2021. For the first time, the entire series of events will be held virtually to keep attendees safe during the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. Professional speaker, author, and networking expert Carlos V. Davis, who serves as Stand & Deliver’s chief empowerment officer, is the visionary behind Charlotte Professional Networking Week.

“With this being the seventh year of the event amid a pandemic, we had to pivot to make it safe for our attendees,” says Davis. “We found a technology that mirrors in-person networking and events so that we can bring as much value and collaboration online as we have done with our past in-person events.”

Charlotte Professional Networking Week is designed to provide professionals of all experience levels with the essential tools, resources, and networking opportunities needed to develop, brand, market, and operate their businesses successfully. Intentional networking is incorporated into every aspect of Charlotte Professional Networking Week to promote meaningful relationship building and professional collaborations.

Charlotte Professional Networking Week features the following signature events:

  • The Morning Exchange: A Networking and Knowledge Event (Tuesday, January 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.) Attendees will enjoy casual networking followed by a panel discussion about getting started in business featuring executives from different industries and backgrounds. There will also be a fireside chat with Derek Dingle, Editor-In-Chief of Black Enterprise.
  • (Wednesday, January 20, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) This event gives attendees an opportunity to network with both one another and participating vendors and sponsors in an upbeat, low-pressure virtual atmosphere. Panelists: Tara Massey, Corporate Procurement of American Airlines; Alexis Kondratyk, Supplier Diversity – Charlotte Douglas International Airport; and Jason Grove, Policy Analyst of Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. In addition to networking and the panel discussion, attendees will be able to interview with corporations for business contracting and job opportunities via Professional Speed Connection Sessions.
  • Connecting The Dots: Professional Connections Luncheon (Thursday, January 21, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.) The virtual luncheon will include networking, collaboration opportunities, and engaging with the vendors and sponsors of the day. This event will also include a fireside chat with Angela Bretz, the Chief Diversity Officer of Nationwide Insurance.
  • The Move and Shake Experience: A Professional Development Expo (Saturday, January 23, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.) This is an expo focused on providing professional resources and information through vendors, informative panel discussions, and keynote speakers including Dr. Louis Lynn, who serves on the Board of Trustees for Clemson University. Panel topics will feature everything from how to use podcasting for business to the benefits of serving on corporate boards for professional development.

All Charlotte Professional Networking Week events are open and free to the public. This year’s virtual events will be held on the Airmeet platform. All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time. To register, visit To schedule media interviews with Carlos V. Davis, contact Jameka Whitten at 704.965.3297 or

About Charlotte Professional Networking Week

Charlotte Professional Networking Week, presented by Stand & Deliver, LLC, is a weeklong series of events that leverages professional networking opportunities to connect area professionals with the tools and resources needed to excel. The mission of the week is to be a venue for the professional community in the focused areas of entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and employment. From gaining new clients to getting new funding and acquiring the proper training to secure a job interview, there is something for everyone during the week regardless of age, professional background, or industry. 

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