With the holiday season upon us, there are networking opportunities abound, and savvy entrepreneurs should take full advantage of these opportunities. One forum for high-impact networking in the San Francisco Bay Area is VLAB, the Bay Area chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the growth and success of high tech entrepreneurial ventures by connecting ideas, technology and people. VLAB organizes content-rich panel presentations on cutting-edge topics that regularly pack more than 350 people into a large auditorium at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Panelists are top-tier and have included CEOs and senior level executives from companies such as Yahoo, TiVo, JBoss and Meru Networks. VLAB also distinguishes itself with its large and passionate audience (estimated in excess of 10,000 by one internal source). Recent events have focused on the business of the brain, biofuels and the real-time web, to name just a few topics. VLAB events aren’t about small talk and hors d’œuvres. The VLAB organizers work hard to deliver what they call “actionable discovery” in their content by giving participants something tangible upon which to build a new working relationship, a line of research or even an entire business. Over the coming year, Goodwin Procter will be working with VLAB on a series of post-event networking sessions to be held at venues in Silicon Valley. Please stay tuned for further details and check the VLAB website frequently for updates on upcoming events. This post on Networking was authored by Founders Workbench.