Networking is often the number one reason people attend conferences and events. According to Hubspot, 85% of people say they build stronger, more meaningful business relationships during in-person business meetings and conferences. And the Harvard Business Review says 95% of people say that face-to-face meetings are a key factor in successfully building and maintaining long-term business relationships.


But cocktail mixers and coffee breaks aren't cutting it when it comes to effective conference networking. At SpeedNetworking.com, we're on a mission to make networking more strategic, structured, effective, and fun. ​


Our team:

SpeedNetworking.com was founded and managed by people who have succeeded as a result of identifying, nurturing and building long-lasting meaningful relationships. 



President & Founder

Michael's passion for connecting professionals prompted him to start SpeedNetworking.com in 2012.


Marketing Specialist

Shannon manages all things marketing related. She is passionate about creativity, community, and making the world a more connected place.


Event Facilitator 

Mark has 15+ years’ experience in the Chicago events industry and enjoys helping people connect in meaningful ways.


Director of Operations

Sean oversees all day-to-day business operations and provides effective, innovative solutions for our clients.


Event Facilitator

Darin has 20+ years of experience overseeing conference & event planning for large and small associations.


Networking Guru & Facilitator

Once dubbed "The Busiest Man In The World," Shalom has produced thousands of speed networking events.

How it all started:


President & Founder Michael Slater's passion for connecting professionals prompted him to start SpeedNetworking.com in 2012 and he never looked back. He has traveled around the world to produce speed networking events for a variety of organizations, including Fortune 500 Companies, top universities & colleges, major trade associations, and international networking organizations. 


To date, SpeedNetworking.com has created more than 500,000+ face-to-face connections and worked with clients from all around the world, including North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. 

Hear from attendees:

Learn what it's *really* like to attend a SpeedNetworking.com event. 

Philosophy about building business relationships:

Face-to-face meetings matter:


Email is great but in-person meetings are the best way to connect. In fact, according to the Harvard Business Review, 95% of people say face-to-face meetings are a key factor in successfully building and maintaining long-term business relationships. 


Structure, strategy, and a personalized event approach:


Let’s face it. Networking as we know it can be intimidating, and in some cases, even downright difficult. There’s no way to know who to approach and whether or not you’ll have anything in common—until now.


SpeedNetworking.com’s platform lets attendees pick the types of people they want to connect with, based on customizable categories specific to the event audience. 


And with the structured nature of speed networking, attendees no longer have to wonder: Who should I approach? How long should I talk to them? How do I politely move on to another person? SpeedNetworking.com makes it simple: at this round you’re at this table, talking to this person, for this amount of time. 


Increasing the quality *and* quantity of new connections:


Not only does SpeedNetworking.com ensure you’re meeting like-minded people but also that you’re meeting enough new people. In fact, the average networking event with 100 participants will generate about 300 new connections, but a SpeedNetworking.com event can produce 1,000+.


That’s 333% more meetings!


We’re disrupting how people meet and network. Contact us today to see how we can help your members and employees make smart connections.

Phone: (844) 303-8118

Email: events@speednetworking.com

Proudly based in Chicago, IL.

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