Nurturing Your Professional Network with Talena Barker

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UPDATE: We are holding this meeting online, due to current restrictions on safely gathering. You will receive the Zoom link on the Order Checkout screen, after you get your ticket.

ConnectW is a women’s networking group that welcomes women in all fields and endeavors—from entrepreneurs and professionals to women simply wishing to explore, expand and enhance their lives and environments.



The ConnectW October speaker is Talena Barker of the Bend Chamber of Commerce. Talena will provide her perspective to ConnectW women about strategies for developing and nurturing our personal networks, particularly when it’s difficult to get out and connect in person! She will also share some of the opportunities within the Chamber for information/education/development… and, yes, networking.

As the Vice President of Leadership Development, Talena’s work at the Chamber focuses on strengthening the entire continuum of workforce, community leadership and talent development.  This work happens through increasing youth participation in meaningful work experiences, building mutually beneficial relationships with business partners, growing a strong young professional development network, and nurturing community succession planning through education and connections.

With a background in non-profit development, communications, entrepreneurship and lobbying, Talena’s passion lies in finding creative pathways to break down barriers, and building opportunities for collaboration between diverse stakeholders.  She is also an experienced speaker and educator, and co-founded the BendX Women’s Entrepreneurial Bootcamp.

Talena is a born Oregonian, as is her husband Kurt, her two sons Nick and Ethan, and her granddaughters Lyla and Kallie


**If you have any issues registering or accessing the Zoom Meeting, please text or call our Website Chair for assistance:

Melissa McGlenn 541-280-3642

Special thank you to our ConnectW Corporate & Large Business Sponsors: Two Spruce Law with Patricia Nelson, Sprecher Group with Terry Sprecher, Farmers Insurance with Karen Brannon.

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