The act of networking typically causes negative feelings such as fear or anxiety and can seem superficial and meaningless. Purposeful networking helps you to create a true community, a lifelong resource with real, meaningful, and mutually beneficial connections. This session will explore how to establish and maintain a purposeful network, as well as practical ways to get started. We talk about ways to make your networking more effective. In advance of the session, please think about past events where you've found networking challenging, or upcoming events that you'd like to prepare for, such as the CARA national conference in May 2020.