We are the premier social networking organization for Hampton Roads Black Young Professionals
We believe in bringing black professionals together through social networking events. We created The Connect 757 to bring you together with equally passionate people ready for something new. Our mission is to create shared experiences for members to build relationships, grow their networks, and blossom personally and professionally, while still having fun. We do that, by curating a variety of events that showcase the balance and diversity of black millennial’s.
What do we do?
Social Networking Events
the Connect 757 provides a variety of social networking events throughout Hampton Roads for members to choose from every month including but not limited to Melanin Brunch, Melanin Excursions, Happy Hours, Outdoor Adventure Series, Melanin Reads Book Club, Group Fitness classes, Meditation Monday’s, Game Nights, Movie Nights and so many more.
Personal & Professional Development
The Connect 757 provides opportunities to grow personally and professionally through our Dynamic Dialogues series and various workshops and training’s. Topics in the past have included mental health and professional development, building generational wealth, branding, resume revamps, work- life balance and so many more.
The Connect 757 partners with local businesses and organizations to host additional events to encourage members to build their network with individuals outside of the Connect 757. The Connect 757 values building partnerships and supporting local small businesses across the 757.
What Members Say
“The Connect 757 is a great way to network, interact, and connect with like-minded young professionals in the area. There are many events to choose from and great activities to participate in. If you’re new to the area, or just looking to meet new people, this is a great group of individuals to get involved with.”
“You can always count on the Connect to keep the good times rolling and consistently offering different events and meet ups other than what you’re used to. If I can’t think of something to do in the area I know I can reach out to the connect and get my calendar filled up with all types of events and vibes ranging from business and networking and pure fun and good vibes. I’m so excited for the future of the connect and you should too!”
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With the aim of helping as many people as possible, we want you to join a network of dope black professionals looking to #connect, #grow, and #network with other black professionals in the 757.
- Meet the Bearded Businessmen for #BeardsANDBusinessBeards and Business is created in partnership with The Connect 757 and Virginia Beard Festival to bring information to black men on how to successfully grow a business, network with other black professionals, and the motivation to go after your dreams of entrepreneurship. Our dynamic panel will discuss how to develop, brand, and grow your […]
- The Price of Your VoteThe Price of Your Vote panel discussion will be an opportunity for Black Young Professionals to discuss the impact of our vote, current topics and areas of concern, how we can vote for change in our own community, an opportunity to voice our concerns, and have our questions answered on how to make our vote […]
- “Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter” is the Melanin Reads Book Club Selection for AugustWe are excited to jump into this months book, “Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter,” by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. Don’t be so quick to judge a book by it’s cover. The author clearly explains the difference between “50 Cent” the Rapper and, “Curtis Jackson” the business man, and how this distinction has allowed him to be […]