CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Everyone agrees that networking is vital to business development, but why? How does a young professional get started? Networking isn’t on the curriculum at most business and law schools.

In a program organized by Womble Carlyle attorneys Emily Doll and Patrick Strubbe, Womble Carlyle Director of Client Service Stephanie Hinrichs took part in a “Networking 101” session designed to answer those key questions.
Hinrichs was joined in the discussion by BDO Director of Business Development: Carolinas Angel Morgan and Fifth Third Bank Senior Commercial Banking Relationship Manager Izach Porter. The three discussed in-person relationship building, how to prepare for a networking event, and ways to foster conversation in business networking settings.
The April 24 event was presented by InfluenCLT, a tri-party program started by Womble Carlyle, Fifth Third Bank and BDO to promote cross-networking and training opportunities for associates and related-level positions among each of the organizations to foster business referrals and long-term contacts.   Doll and Strubbe are members of the Board of Advisors of InfluenCLT.
Stephanie Hinrichs initiates and builds client relationships, and works with Womble Carlyle attorneys to provide the highest quality client service. She brings more than a decade of experience in marketing and sales, specifically in the legal, economic development, airline, and transportation industries.
Emily Doll is an associate in the Business Litigation practice group and focuses her practice on International Arbitration.  She has experience with commercial claims under the rules of a variety of international arbitration institutions and is admitted to the North Carolina and District of Columbia Bars.

Patrick Strubbe’s law practice is primarily focused on corporate law and corporate finance.  With over eight years of prior business experience, Strubbe counsels a variety of corporate clients in numerous industries, including middle market companies, emerging growth companies, technology companies, private equity groups and venture capital funds.

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