Stay Connected: Wesley Hoffman on Bringing Positivity (and Jobs) To St. Louisans

By Maggie McCarthy
In Culture

When it comes to the search for a fulfilling career, connections with the right people can make all the difference. Seeking connection in order to pursue a career change, however, can often feel inauthentic and uncomfortable. For those of us whose palms begin to sweat at the thought of approaching strangers, networking is especially frightening. Despite the potential for networking to become terrifying and manipulative, when done well it fosters positive relationships and life change.

Aware of the need for meaningful connection and networking opportunities, Wesley Hoffman founded Treehouse Networkshop. Hoffman, who realized his own need for connection with other creatives and entrepreneurs, sought to facilitate that for people all over St. Louis. His initial venture began with a monthly networking series in hopes to lead people to meaningful jobs they love. Since then, it has broadened its scope with a weekly podcast, a marketing conference and a brand-new service: Stay Connected. With a renewed vision, this new branch enables individuals to seek jobs that align with their passions and creative abilities. We chatted with Hoffman to find out more about this new service.

Photo courtesy of Wesley Hoffman

Photo courtesy of Wesley Hoffman

What is your vision for Stay Connected?
Three years ago, I didn’t know where to turn when I lost my job. I started networking, and getting involved in community events. Now, I want to help people make their career transitions easier by making connections based on real relationships. Not everyone feels comfortable networking or putting themselves out there. I want to help others build confidence and feel comfortable doing so.

What do want to achieve in the St. Louis entrepreneurial community?
There’s a lot of positive energy in St. Louis right now. I want to continue to help spread that positivity, and help other get plugged into networks, companies and opportunities that can help them achieve whatever it is they want to achieve.

Why do you think opportunities to network and connect are so vital to thriving professional communities?
It’s so important to connect on a person-to-person level. Companies receive countless resumes for open positions. If you’re looking to make a move, it’s important to make a personal connection, and start building a relationship.

How has networking changed your professional life?
Going out, hosting events and meeting new people every day has literally changed my life professionally and personally. I’ve been able to build relationships with people that have become awesome partners to work with professionally, and made lasting friendships on a personal level.

How has/will a thriving entrepreneurial community transform the community of St. Louis?
Over the last few years, many new creative concepts have been brought to our city and been well-received. The more we continue to welcome this creativity and innovation, the more jobs will be added and we’ll continue to grow. I love that St. Louis is becoming well-known as a city that values innovation, technology, and community. I can’t wait to see where we’ll be in just a few short years.

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