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Contact Information:

Alana Muller
Master Networker
Coffee Lunch Coffee
(913) 481-3566
Alana@CoffeeLunchCoffee.com

P.O. Box 23091
Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66283-3091

Website:  CoffeeLunchCoffee.com

Blogsite:  Blog.CoffeeLunchCoffee.com

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/alanamuller/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/CoffeeLunchCoffee/

Twitter:  @alanamuller

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/coffeelunchcoffee

Bio

  • Name Pronunciation

“Alana” like “Banana”

“Muller” like [Ferris] “Bueller”

  • Short Bio

Alana Muller, an entrepreneurial executive leader whose primary focus is to connect, inspire and empower community, is Founder and CEO of Coffee Lunch Coffee. She is a networking speaker, workshop facilitator, coach, and author of the book, Coffee Lunch Coffee: A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking and a companion blog, CoffeeLunchCoffee.com. Her accessible, relevant, immediately actionable approach to professional networking for those interested in connecting with others, getting involved in their communities, seeking to advance their careers, or looking to build social relationships, has helped thousands of people formulate a strategic mindset around networking while creating a game plan to get out there and connect.

  • Medium Bio

Alana Muller, an entrepreneurial executive leader whose primary focus is to connect, inspire and empower community, is Founder and CEO of Coffee Lunch Coffee. She is a networking speaker, workshop facilitator, coach and author of the book, Coffee Lunch Coffee: A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking and a companion blog, CoffeeLunchCoffee.com. Her accessible, relevant, immediately actionable approach to professional networking for those interested in connecting with others, getting involved in their community, seeking to advance their career or looking to build social relationships, has helped thousands of people formulate a strategic mindset around Networking while creating a game plan to get out there and Connect. Coffee Lunch Coffee is a WBENC-Certified WBE.

Alana is a weekly columnist for Bizwomen.com and has been a contributor to Forbes.com, The Huffington Post, CNBC and other publications and was a featured speaker at TEDxOverlandPark. She has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago, where she was the recipient of the Mike and Karen Herman Fellowship for Women in Entrepreneurship, and an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Smith College. She is actively engaged in the community and serves on a number of corporate and volunteer boards.

  • Long Bio

Alana Muller is an entrepreneurial executive leader whose primary focus is to connect, inspire and empower community.  She is the former President of Kauffman FastTrac (a division of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation), a global provider of training to aspiring and established entrepreneurs, providing them the tools, resources and networks to start and grow successful businesses. Additionally, Alana spent a number of years as an executive with Sprint Corporation serving in a variety of general management roles, including marketing, talent management, corporate strategy and wireless data product marketing.

Today, Alana is founder and CEO of Coffee Lunch Coffee where she is a Networking speaker, workshop facilitator, coach and author of the book, Coffee Lunch Coffee: A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking and a companion blog, CoffeeLunchCoffee.com. Her accessible, relevant, immediately actionable approach to professional Networking for those interested in connecting with others, getting involved in their communities, seeking to advance their careers or looking to build social relationships, has helped thousands of people formulate a strategic mindset around Networking.  Coffee Lunch Coffee is a WBENC-Certified WBE.

Alana is also Community Director for American Public Square at Jewell, an organization that brings together non-like-minded people to engage in civil conversation about controversial topics, for which she launched KC Common Good, a standalone 501(c)3 designed to give all members of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area access to hope and opportunity while reducing violence.

Alana enjoys Connecting with people around the world and sharing stories on topics such as Networking, entrepreneurship and women in business.  She is a columnist for American City Business Journals’ BizWomen.com and other publications, has been a contributor to Forbes.com, The Huffington Post and CNBC, and, twice, was a featured speaker at TEDxOverlandPark.

Alana has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago, where she was the recipient of the Mike and Karen Herman Fellowship for Women in Entrepreneurship, and an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Smith College. She is actively engaged in the community and serves on a number of corporate and volunteer boards including ISCTE International Business School (Lisbon, Portugal), Oppenstein Brothers Foundation, Enterprise Bank (NASDAQ: EFSC), Morningstar Communications, Swartz + Associates, Village Shalom Senior Living Community, Jewish Community Foundation, and Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Committee. Alana is the immediate past president of the Kansas Chapter of International Women’s Forum.  She is an alumna of Coro Kansas City and the Civic Council’s Kansas City Tomorrow program.  She was recognized as the 2019 JCRB|AJC Emerging Leader, the 2017 Instructor of the Year by the Turner Construction Management Program, a 2013 NextGen Leader by the Kansas City Business Journal and a 2012 Influential Woman by KC Business magazine.  Alana is a Strengthscope-certified coach.

Follow Alana on Twitter at @AlanaMuller.  Learn more about her professional background on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/alanamuller.

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Overview of Alana’s Book, Coffee Lunch Coffee:  A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking

Coffee Lunch Coffee offers an accessible, relevant, immediately actionable approach to professional networking for anybody interested in connecting with others, getting involved in their communities, seeking to advance their careers or looking to build social relationships. It will help you formulate a strategic mindset around networking while creating a game plan to get out there and connect.

Suggested Polling Questions

  1. How do you feel about Networking?
    • A – Love it!
    • B – Neither love it, nor hate it
    • C – Hate it
    • D – Not even sure what Networking is
  2. Do you regularly send handwritten Thank You notes?
    • A – Yes, always
    • B – Only occasionally
    • C – No
    • D – I say thank you, but prefer other ways to do so (e.g. emails or text message)

Suggested Interview Discussion Topics/Questions

  • I understand you offer a platform for networking. Describe this for us and what do you mean by “platform?”
  • What does Coffee Lunch Coffee mean? Sounds like you drink a lot of coffee!
  • You train people to build more meaningful, more authentic professional relationships. For people who have not engaged in effective networking in the past, what advice do you have to help them get started?
  • As professionals, who should we be networking with?
  • When you invite someone to get together for coffee, are you obligated to pay for their coffee, too? Sounds like networking can get really expensive.
  • At events, it can sometimes be awkward to enter and conversation and also to exit a conversation. How do you recommend our listeners manage these experiences?
  • How do you recommend that people maintain their professional relationships? Do you have any advice?
  • How does social media factor into networking?
  • How do you draw the line between your personal life and your professional life when you are doing all this networking?
  • I understand how networking can benefit individuals. Does it also, then, benefit their companies and, if so, how can our listeners explain or justify all this networking activity to their management?