New York in-house counsel meetup group
In-House Connect was originally founded in March, 2010, as a New York City based Meetup Group called the “New York In-House Counsel Meetup Group”. The Group’s original founder was Brian Greenberg. Brian wanted to create a platform where in-house counsel could network with each other, stay up to date with CLE’s, and learn about emerging trends. Every month, a different NYC law firm would host the Group and provide a CLE presentation and a cocktail networking reception thereafter. The Group would also host cocktail networking receptions and holiday parties. Over the next decade, the New York In-House Counsel Meetup Group grew (mainly through word of mouth) to over 800 in-house counsel, and held over 100 events, helping hundreds of in-house counsel connect with peers, sharpen their skills, and advance their careers.
In January 2015, Shai Mehani joined a tech startup as in-house counsel, and began to attend the Group’s events. Shai loved attending the Group’s events, and quickly became a regular attendee. After a year, Shai was invited to join the Group’s leadership committee, and began to organize events and run the Group with Brian.
In 2019, in an effort to reach more in-house counsel, Brian and Shai decided to rebrand the group and migrate off Meetup. The group was reborn as “In-House Connect”. In-House Connect continued to host monthly CLE programs, as well as fun and festive networking events.
As we all know, in March 2020, COVID-19 put an end to in-person events for the foreseeable future. At that point, Brian decided to focus on work and family, and Shai took over In-House Connect.
Rather than letting In-House Connect be a victim of COVID-19, Shai reinvented In-House Connect as an online networking group for in-house counsel. Instead of meeting in person, In-House Connect organizes online meetings. Instead of cocktail networking receptions, we now organize virtual networking through virtual breakout rooms. Thus far, the transition has been fantastic, and In-House Connect has helped bring together in-house counsel from coast to coast and around the globe!
Once restrictions ease, and it’s appropriate to do so, In-House Connect will start organizing in-person events once more. Stay tuned!
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