We are a group of like-minded individuals from all professions in our 20s, 30s, and 40s who are committed to improving ourselves for the purpose of creating a better community. We are the next generation of leaders who impact the future of the Norfolk area, and we want to empower others to make a difference by becoming active participants in their careers and in the community. We believe that the most influential and powerful individuals become that way because of their core values, and the same goes for us at CONNECT. We aren’t just living, we are engaged and belong to something much bigger.


We are always striving to grow as people and members of society. Our events and unique forums allow our individuals to grow and become impactful people within their communities, as they learn skills for personal development and career advancement.


We  constantly reaching new individuals and bringing them to the table to share ideas and information instantly, without barriers. We act as the voice of influence and positive change by providing a platform for meaningful conversations with regional businesses, civic leaders, and each other.



We create meaningful ways to engage and empower people through ridiculously fun events. It is our mission to create social opportunities that showcase the Norfolk area as a dynamic, growing community for the next generation of leaders to live and work.


Our Team

Jarad Dahlkoetter

Events Director

Brittnay Dawson

Program Director

Want to meet new people, but not sure how?


Coffee & Conversation

You have a voice and we want to hear your thoughts on topics that affect you. These informal discussions are hosted at various locations and include featured guest leaders. Come grab lunch or a cup of coffee, while conversing in an engaging yet laid-back atmosphere.


Sometimes we just need to slowdown and disconnect. These unique happy hours and wellness socials start as the workday concludes and one can relax without the stress of having to get back to the workplace. It’s an opportunity to step away from the chaos of life in order to develop meaningful relationships.

 Signature Events

Whether getting together for a festival, concert, or throwing our own parties and welcome events, these socials are opportunities to participate in all our area has to offer and have a fabulous time doing it.


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Host an event.

We are always looking to partner with businesses for our socials. This is an incredible opportunity to reach a younger generation audience and showcase your business. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact: info@connectnorfolk.com

Be a part of the team.

If you are passionate about CONNECT then we want you to join our team. Whether you want to serve on an advisory council, be a brand ambassador, or help with things like event planning or program development, this is an incredible way to advance your professional skills and resume experience.

CONNECT with us!