Speaker Announcement: Dr. Karen Countryman-Roswurm, Executive Director of Center for Combating Human Trafficking

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We are very excited to announce that Dr. Karen Countryman-Roswurm, Executive Director of Center for Combating Human Trafficking, will be joining us on the mainstage for Connection 2017!

To learn more about how you can attend Connection 2017, click here today!

Learn More About Karen

Dr. Karen Countryman-Roswurm serves as the Founder and Executive Director to the Wichita State University, Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT). With a passion to better serve high-risk marginalized populations, Karen works to bridge the gap between direct practice, academia, research, and policy. Karen has been nationally and internationally recognized, receiving many honors and awards, for doing just that — particularly for her specialization in working with homeless, runaway, and throwaway youth (HRTY) and young people who are at-risk of, or subjugated to, domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) and other forms of exploitation.

About Connection 2017

Commonly referred to as the UN-conference, Connection is more than an event – it’s an experience. It’s an opportunity to explore new insights, the latest advances, and genius developments, all mixed with a sprinkle of grounded wisdom. More than that, it’s an opportunity to reflect in ways we often don’t have time for.

Connection brings together inspiring speakers, influential leaders, innovative practitioners, and a passionate national audience for this immersive experience. This year’s event is being held on September 20th-21st in a city known for innovation: Pittsburgh, PA.

Tickets to Connection 2017 are now sold out! If you have questions, please contact us at emily@manynet.org.

The 5 Benefits of Meeting Face-to-Face

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As technology advances, Americans are having fewer and fewer interactions face-to-face than at any other point in history. As of 2012, 83% of employees in the U.S. work remotely at least part of the time and 10% of all conversations in the United States now take place through the Internet, and those numbers will continue to climb as our work force grows older. In fact, 70% of young professionals say it’s unnecessary to go into the office, a while I do not share this feeling, it is a great indicator that the future of work will likely take place primarily online.

But even as a young professional, I can tell that there’s something to face-to-face interaction that gets lost-in-translation over the Internet, a feeling which I have confirmed over and over again, most recently at MANY’s 2016 Member Meeting (don’t forget to register for 2017 here! 😉). Although I knew something was different about face-to-face interaction, I couldn’t quite place what specifically was lost-in-translation, so I decided to do some research.

Consider the following facts:

  • 55% of communication occurs through facial expressions, 38% through inflection, and only 7% occurs through words. This means that some technologies (email specifically) lose a lot of the intentions behind a communication.
  • A study that compared in-person and virtual meetings found that in-person meetings generated both a higher number of ideas and ideas that were of a higher quality than a virtual meeting.
  • In another study related to in-person networking, 72% of those surveyed found that they were influenced by both looks and the quality of someone’s handshake more than other factors.

Reviewing these facts, I was struck by a clear truth: There isn’t a single technology that will replace the power of in-person relationship building.

While digital collaboration and communication tools can complement our networking needs, an appropriate dose of face-to-face interactions is healthy and necessary. Luckily, at Connection 2017, you’ll have the opportunity to network with some of the youth and family services field’s best thinkers, doers, and thought leaders.

If my experience with, these five stats may do the trick:

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85% say they build stronger, more meaningful business relationships during in-person business meetings and conferences.

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84% say they prefer in-person meetings.

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77% say they prefer in-person conferences due to the ability to read body language and facial expressions.

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75% say they prefer in-person conferences because they lead to more social interactions and the ability to bond with co-workers / clients.

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95% say face-to-face meetings are essential for long-term business relationships.

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Don’t miss out on your opportunity to meet face-to-face with some of the youth and family services field’s best thinkers, doers, and thought leaders at Connection 2017 on September 20-21st, 2017! Space for this exclusive event is running out quicklyto purchase tickets for Connection 2017, click here.

Tickets to Connection 2017 are now sold out! If you have questions, please contact us at emily@manynet.org.

7 Cool Things To Do In Pittsburgh When You Visit For Connection 2017

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No matter what you’re in the mood for, Pittsburgh is bursting with sights and activities for people of all ages. Here are 7 cool things to do in Pittsburgh while you’re here for Connection 2017:

7. Visit The Andy Warhol Museum

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Location: 117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

This fascinating museum is located near downtown Pittsburgh, where Warhol was born and grew up. The Museum features extensive permanent collections of art and archives, special exhibitions including the work of other artists, and a vital series of programs and special events. To learn more, click here today.

6. Ride the Duquesne Incline Up Mount Washington

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Location: 1220 Grandview Ave., Pittsburgh, 15211

The Duquesne Incline is one of those which follows very closely the tracks of an early coal hoist. Open to the public in 1877, this is truly a unique and historic method of transportation that should not be missed. At the top, you’ll see what has been named one of the best skyline views in the world many times over.

5. Check Out the Cathedral of Learning

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Location: 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

The Cathedral of Learning, a Pittsburgh landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is the centerpiece of the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. To give you an idea of what it’s like inside, this beautiful piece of architecture has drawn comparisons to Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series.

4. Visit the Roberto Clemente Museum

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Location: 3339 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

The Clemente Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of “The Great One,” as his fans affectionately called him. The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Clemente in 1954 and he rose to become the greatest baseball player of his time. During this period, the struggle for social justice had reached every part of our country, and every ballpark. He and many other athletes had to bear the burdens of racial and cultural prejudices, no matter what their abilities were on the field. To learn more about The Clemente Museum, click here.

3. Enjoy the Wildlife at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

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Location: One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3830

A green oasis in the middle of Pittsburgh’s vibrant Oakland neighborhood, Phipps has provided a world-class garden experience to its visitors since 1893. Visit to discover breathtaking seasonal flower shows, stunning outdoor botanical gardens, free-with-admission activities for all ages, an award-winning on-site café, and some of the greenest buildings in the world. To learn more about Phipps, click here.

2. Take In a Baseball Game at The Best Park in All of MLB (In Our Opinion)

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Location: 117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

The Pirates have games scheduled on September 20th and on September 22nd (Connection 2017 is Sept. 20-21st). If you wanted to stay an extra day on Friday and take in a game at one of baseball’s best parks, we encourage it. 🙂 To purchase tickets to the game(s), click here.

1. Take A Stroll At Frick Park

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Location: 6750 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15221

Ever try lawn bowling? You can check out the 13th century sport at Pittsburgh’s largest regional park named after Henry Clay Frick, who donated the initial land that expanded into the 644-acre park of today. The Frick is ideal for jogging, hiking, walking and biking with numerous trails crossing the expansive lush nature and scenery.


Tickets To Connection 2017

Tickets to Connection 2017 are now sold out! If you have questions, please contact us at emily@manynet.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Tickets to Connection 2017 are now sold out! If you have questions, please contact us at emily@manynet.org.

What is Connection?

Commonly referred to as the UN-conference, Connection is more than an event – it’s an experience. It’s an opportunity to explore new insights, the latest advances, and genius developments, all mixed with a sprinkle of grounded wisdom. More than that, it’s an opportunity to reflect in ways we often don’t have time for.

Connection brings together inspiring speakers, influential leaders, innovative practitioners, and a passionate national audience for this immersive experience. This year’s event is being held on September 20th-21st in a city known for innovation: Pittsburgh, PA.

Where/when is Connection 2017 being held?

Connection 2017 is being held in Pittsburgh, PA. Pittsburgh offers both scale and intimacy, history and cutting edge uniqueness. The venue, the historic Pittsburgh Opera House, is a perfect blend of urban and familiarity that can make anyone feel like they are home in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Strip District. To purchase your tickets to Connection, click here.

What is the Connection experience like?

The main stage program is only a fraction of what happens at Connection – the full experience involves many more activities and interactive installations that catalyze discussion and stimulate new relationships.  

The experience kicks off with a welcome reception that introduces you to this year’s Connection event and to prepare you for what’s ahead.  The next day  is spent alternating between inspirational thought-provoking talks from our speakers and meals & interaction with fellow delegates, who comprise a truly multi-faceted group of change-makers passionate about strengthening outcomes for youth in our county.

During breaks between sessions, Connection offers innovative hands-on activities, art exhibits, and of course, meet-ups with the speakers.  On the final evening, take the chance to kick back, relax, and share new ideas over food, drinks, and entertainment at Session 5.

What was the last Connection event like?

You can check out videos from previous Connection events below or check out a recap of Connection 2015 here.