What can women’s networks offer today?
Business women’s networks are booming, with everyone talking about them – as evidenced by hashtags like #femalepower and #femalebusiness on social media. We asked four successful women about the advantages of women’s networks.
What inspired networks for women?
The old line of thought was that behind every great man is a great woman. Nowadays, though, behind every great woman is a network of great women! The opportunities for women to interact professionally have exploded in recent years. As more women gained access to new professional fields and climbed to the top of the career ladder, one women’s leadership network emerged after the other. Of course, “old, white men” still occupy the top board roles in many places. But the tide is turning.
Women’s networks foster interaction across generations and industries. All members benefit from one another as part of a community. Successful women (and those who aspire to be) are given a clear framework to interact on a level playing field.
Personally interacting with women who have gone through similar experiences in their life boosts confidence. In possession of fresh courage and greater motivation, every single woman can work harder on themselves and toward their professional dreams.
Woman to woman: coalition instead of competition
Setting benchmarks, enhancing skills, and learning from each other’s experiences: the opportunities offered by a women’s network are wide-ranging. Trusting relationships are formed with other women who, for example, can act as mentors and provide inspiration for one’s own career. And we all know that good connections go a long way – both personally and professionally. Many jobs are offered on the back of personal recommendations. Women’s networks are more than just networking. Women can combine their skills, do business together, and collaborate.
However, the direct interaction, relationship building, and easier access to job opportunities are not everything. Most networks also offer their members a range of workshops, presentations, work materials, and events.
Women’s networks – an enriching experience for every woman
Anna Kaiser, Katharina Wolff, Anke Beeren, and Tanja Lenke are four very different women who decided to establish a network, community, association, club, or magazine specially for women – with the aim of promoting their personal and professional development. And there are a lot more examples out there! Women can and should get informed, gain an overview of the various networks available, and find the right one for them.
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