Network. Learn. Grow

Network. Learn. Grow


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 want a platform where our voices can be heard, and at CONNECT we aren’t just living–we belong to something much bigger.


We are constantly striving to grow as people and members of society. Our self-development 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 strive to constantly reach new individuals and bring them to the table. 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 want to give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.



We asked what the next generation wanted, they spoke, and we listened by creating a group that can engage and empower through ridiculously fun social events. It is our mission to create more social opportunities in better showcasing the Norfolk area as a dynamic, growing community where young professionals can live, work, and play.


Our Team

Jarad Dahlkoetter

Events Director

Brittnay Dawson

Program Director

Want to meet new people, but not sure how?


 Happy Hour Socials

Whether grabbing a cocktail or a cup of coffee, our happy hours start as the workday concludes, and one can relax without the stress of having to get back to the workplace. We often have guest speakers with time to eat, drink, and make new friends.

Collaborative Roundtables

Informal lunch presentations hosted at various locations, with guest speakers on topics relevant to up and coming professionals.


Whether gathering a group together for a festival, concert, or sporting event, there is always more fun in numbers. These are opportunities to participate in all our area has to offer and have a fabulous time doing it.


Check your inbox.

We will send email newsletters to keep you updated. We will continually invite you to attend events where you can connect with people who are like you. For more updates, follow Norfolk Now and Norfolk Area Chamber on Facebook.

Become a sponsor.

We have multiple opportunities for any organization or individual to sponsor an event or meetup for CONNECT. Sponsorship range depends on your goal in reaching this audience.

Encourage and engage.

We want people just like you, to apply your skills, your ideas, and your passions. Tell your friends, your coworkers, your sister—we don’t care as long as we see your smiling face at our next event.

CONNECT with us!