Networking for Nerds

myCHOICE is delighted to collaborate with the BSD Dean’s Council and the UChicago Biotech Association in hosting this first-of it’s-kind event!

The Networking for Nerds workshop is designed to accompany a seminar of the same named which will take place on Friday November 11th, 5 – 6 pm in Knapp 1103. Workshop participants are strongly encouraged to attend the seminar, since they are designed to be complementary. ​Note: The workshop is open to UChicago graduate students only. The Friday seminar and post-event reception is open to all community members.
Course capacity: 15.
Course fee : $5.

The events will address:

  • How to navigate networking events for the shy and introverted

  • Keys to being warm and charismatic

  • How to impress others quickly (without sounding like a jerk)

  • Developing your personal 30-second elevator pitch

  • How to avoid awkward silences

  • Body language tricks to increase confidence

  • How to avoid making others uncomfortable or overstaying your welcome

Date & Time

Saturday, November 12th, 10 am – 12:30 pm. Lunch will be provided.

Course Description

“My topics focus on learning how to network effectively with potential employers and co-workers. Networking is a vital skill, not just for finding a career but for cultivating and developing new opportunities in one’s field – however, it can be intimidating for many people. My seminar and workshop are structured to provide specific tips to help those with social anxiety or little social experience feel more at ease at connecting with others.

 In the seminar I will present information on how to navigate networking events for individuals who may suffer from anxiety in social situations or who are unsure how to sell themselves to others in order to build valuable social networks that benefit them in their professions and help them achieve their career goals.

 Participants who sign up for the intimate group workshop will receive guidance in developing their own customized approach to networking. Other activities would include one-on-one instruction and networking practice in simulated circumstances that they might encounter over the course of their careers.”


Harris O’Malley (AKA Dr. NerdLove) is an Austin-based, internationally recognized blogger and dating coach who provides geek dating advice at Paging Dr. NerdLove and his bi-weekly advice column at Kotaku.

O’Malley has been featured in The Guardian, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, The Austin-American Statesman, Austin Monthly, Nightline, The AV Club, The Daily Dot, Think Progress, Lifehacker, Wired, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post Live, Sex Nerd Sandra, The Art of Charm, Sex With Timaree, Daily Life, Slate, MTV’s Guy Code, Boing Boing and The Harvard Business Journal. He has been named one of the top 10 geek dating blogs by (Dr. NerdLove is not really a doctor)