I'll cut to the chase. I get invited to a number of events for my alumni organization and a few other groups. I get the purpose of these and enjoy meeting people, but I'm fairly skeptical about getting tangible results from these types of events. I mean: new job, new career, new line of business, etc. I like them, but don't have a lot of latitude to take off work to attend. I get the theory that it should happen when you bring motivated, like-minded people together - but at the same time I also wonder if this is a bit of churning to give the appearance of effort / progress. Or kind of like a self-perpetuating 'industry'. So, anyone have success stories, or your own input?