Networking—it’s become a buzzword in the business world, but in a tough economy it’s more important than ever. A recent survey of HR executives ranked networking as the most effective way to land a new job.

Whether you’re actively looking for a new job or just want to expand your professional contacts, the Minnesota American Marketing Association’s upcoming Speed Networking event provides a great opportunity to meet dozens of marketing and advertising professionals.

You’ll be able talk one-on-one with up to 18 different participants during the speed networking portion of the event. There are also opportunities for more in-depth conversation with other professionals before and after the speed networking session.

The University of St. Thomas Evening and Full-time MBA programs are sponsoring the event, to be held at Stella’s in Uptown on Thursday, May 20. You can register online, and don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards!