I was amazed at the incredible information shared at last Thursday night's SEMCLT meetup. It is a group for search engine marketing professionals, and it was far and away the best networking event I've ever attended (much more useful than Chamber of Commerce events where you're largely dodging insurance sales folks and business planners). The Web site is: http://www.semclt.com/. The next event will be in August, so plan on joining us.
If you are not located in Charlotte, I encourage you to check out search engine marketing groups in your own area. A good group will be informational and help you learn from other industry experts, but also give you the opportunity to network with your peers.
A big kudos to Keith Schilling of On Top Results and Corey Creed, author of The Jungle Map blog, for making the Charlotte SEM group so useful-- and fun!