During COVID, Minglers are virtual only. In-person editions will resume one day!
“The Mingler was the most creative virtual experience I’ve ever attended.”
Mac & Cheese Minglers are proof that you can still meet and connect with people virtually, in ways that are fun and engaging, where you forget you’re not in the same room and that you’re staring at a screen. Minglers = a group of people interested in doing something different and in expanding their circles join “Accessible Oprah” Saya for a no-pressure gathering of friendly strangers. Cynical? Doubtful? Nervous? Understandable. We’ve all been networking burned before. If ya need more convincing, check out the additional detail below registration.
There’s no upcoming Mingler at this time; sign up for the e-list and/or follow Mac & Cheese on social to be notified of when one’s scheduled.
Mac & Cheese Productions℠ is an inclusive, no judgment (of self or others) space, and welcomes all human beings. This is a virtual offering. Times are CDT; convert for your location. Being on camera is required. You should be able to attend live; this is not a replay offering. No refunds so make sure you can join before you register. You may want to noodle around in the FAQs below before registering.
The host is a master at event curation and facilitation — Saya makes everyone feel comfortable, flips back and forth between speaker and listener with ease, keeps things moving, knows when to jump in and politely facilitate away from Person A to Person B, and has got a tool belt of activities that allows extroverts and introverts to shine and enjoy themselves.
A “unique experience with an interesting and diverse group of people who are all there for the same reasons: to actively participate in life and meet friendly new people” event. In other words, a Life of Yes℠ event. What exactly will you be doing? Ya know… Stuff. 😉 Don’t worry about it. Just come with an open mind and heart, a willingness to say yes, and you just as you are.
Maybe you simply have fun. Maybe you also meet a new friend, gain a client, learn of a job opening or a career couch referral or an online course or or or… Come for the fabulously curated, welcoming experience, the rest are cherries on top.
“I was initially not up for the Mingler, with the pandemic making me feel like I couldn't reach out for additional support and decreasing my motivation. I was SO glad that I followed through and attended - seeing others, meeting new people, and sharing with them did wonders for my mood. I would highly recommend attending to anyone who struggles with social anxiety, isolation, or overall negative feelings from the quarantine!”
“The most enjoyable Zoom I've been on since quarantine! Saya has a way to make everyone relax and be their authentic selves while creating a fun virtual environment. I dread networking events but 10/10 would recommend a virtual mingler!”
"I'm on Zoom calls practically all day e'ryday so I KNOW the idea of one more virtual call can sound draining. BUT LET ME TELL YOU... a Mac & Cheese Mingler is quite the opposite — it is LIFE-GIVING! Saya is masterful when it comes to intentionally designing events (virtual or IRL) for maximum Life of Yes'ness. There is no awkward small talk like at other ""networking"" events, there are activities that serve as wonderful ice breaker alternatives, and of course, the best part is meeting people you've never met before who also have no agenda or ulterior motive other than to meet other cool folks. Saya is all about finding the win-win-wins in life and Minglers definitely check off those three boxes. 12/10 would recommend. "
“A networking activity that goes somewhere.”
“Mac & Cheese is a great way to meet new people in a welcoming environment. Saya is a terrific host and facilitator, and frankly, I have had more fun at her parties—where I knew no one—than at some parties where I knew everyone! There is something to be said for a room filled with people who actually want to get to know one another.”
“It is one of the most easy and relaxed settings I have ever been in to meet new people.”
“One of the most interesting and original things I have been to in a long time.”
“When I woke up on this day a year ago, I had no idea that later that night I would be meeting the most amazing woman at a Mingler. I will never forget the first time I saw her lovely smiling face. I love you honey and am so incredibly grateful to have met you and to have the pleasure of calling you my girlfriend.”* [*Note: though this romantic story is AWESOME, Minglers are NOT dating events. Folks in relationships come (solo) as well. Though M&C is very happy to report that “girlfriend” is now “wife”.]
“I didn’t think it was possible to get so many fun, interesting people (complete strangers to boot!) in the same room at the same time."
“On my drive home, I couldn’t help thinking how much last night confirms exactly why I love this city of ours. There are not a lot of places where you can go to (an event) with a room full of complete strangers and leave with new batch of friends.”
“I think I may be addicted to these parties because I can’t seem to turn them down when you send out the notices . . . ”
“Such a great balance of ages, professions, neighborhoods—such a better option than the local corner bar.”
“I’ve been to around five of the Minglers. The party is always awesome, and it eliminates one of the things I don’t like about going to most parties thrown by friends or people you know . . . that you already know everyone there and don’t meet anyone new.”
“Since everyone shows up alone, there are no cliques to break into, no inside jokes, no cool kids.”
“Having recently moved to Chicago, I knew no one. I go to business networking events all the time, but it’s always work, work, work. Then I discovered Mac & Cheese. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun! Everyone was very social, was there to make new friends, and was all about having a good time. And as if that weren’t enough, Saya’s amazing job of keeping everyone happy throughout the night with food, drinks, and games definitely made the nominal price of admission well worth it.”
“Who knew you could have fun mingling with others on Zoom? (The Mingler) was a fun, laid back, stress free experience. Saya makes you feel as if you aren't a stranger on Zoom with 30+ other strangers; you become part of a supportive, encouraging, diverse group who just wants to get to know each other.”
WHAT’S THE GOAL OF A MINGLER?
Do something other than the bar or dinner and a movie and expand your network by making new connections in a comfortable and unique way.
WHERE DO MINGLERS HAPPEN?
Virtually in Zoomland. In person, in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, near Division and Ashland (exact address sent when you register).
IS THIS A DATING SERVICE?
No. Do people get dates out of it? Yes.
IS THIS AN EMPLOYMENT SERVICE?
No. Do people get jobs out of it? Yes.
CAN I COME WITH A FRIEND OR SIGNIFICANT OTHER?
No. One of the things that make Minglers unique is the fact that no one knows anyone else. This levels the playing field and puts people at ease: you don’t have to worry about coming by yourself because everybody will be there solo!
HOW DO I PAY?
Register above. If you’re unable to register, that means the next Mingler isn’t yet open for registration or it’s full.
WHEN WILL I BE INVITED TO A MINGLER?
Minglers typically happen once every couple of months. Everyone receives notification of an upcoming Mingler at the same time and then it’s first come, first served (caveat: if someone you know is already coming, you’ll have to wait).
CAN I COME TO MORE THAN ONE MINGLER?
WHAT HAPPENS AT A MINGLER?
Guided by the ultimate host Saya, you chat, you get to know each other, you share, you discuss, you connect.
WHEN ARE THE MINGLERS?
Friday and Saturday evenings.
HOW LONG DO MINGLERS LAST?
Virtual = 2 hours. In person = 3 hours.
WHAT DO I BRING?
- A ready-to-meet-new-people vibe
- A camera-enabled device that can connect to the internet (virtual edition)
- Your assigned snack or drink (in-person edition)
- Business cards, if you’d like (in-person edition)
HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE AT THE MINGLER?
10, 20, 30 ish.
WHAT IF I’M A SHY PERSON? WILL I FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE WITH A BUNCH OF PEOPLE I DON’T KNOW?
Remember, everyone’s in the same boat: nobody knows anybody at the start of a Mingler!
That often elicits a freeing sensation that you can be whoever you want to be.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
This is not a suit/stiletto heels/buy a new outfit evening (unless you want to). Your host will most likely be in flip-flops and jeans. Dress for comfort!
WHAT KINDS OF PEOPLE COME TO THE MINGLERS?
All the kinds. Nice kinds. Race, age, marital status, gender, sexuality, job, education — none of that matters.
I’M GAY. CAN I SIGN UP?
I’M PART OF A COUPLE. CAN I SIGN UP?
Of course! But to maintain the popular dynamic of no one knowing each other, you’ll have to leave your significant other at home.
CAN YOU TELL ME SPECIFIC THINGS ABOUT THE MINGLER I’M ATTENDING [WILL I BE THE OLDEST ONE THERE? HOW MANY GUYS ARE COMING? HOW MANY GUESTS WILL BE THERE? ETC.]?
No. Don’t stress about details. Just come to have a good time!
ARE YOU IN CITIES OTHER THAN CHICAGO?
Yep! Check out where here.