There are 3 social networking sites for women that set the standard for power networking. Inspiration, education and support are ubiquitous. However, the sites listed are not just about women networking with each other. They are incomparable sources of knowledge, wisdom and real world experiences that only comes from unadulterated engagement. Thousands of high-powered, strong and solid women business owners are sharing, strengthening and bearing the personal and professional development of other women.
These online movements are not for the “faint at heart” or those who require “hand-holding.” These are roll your sleeves up, get real and get down to business power networking sites that require commitment and conviction. The more you put into these groups, the more you will get out of them.
The first dynamic network of women investing in women is Ellevate Network, formerly 85broads (www.ellevatenetwork.com). Originally a Goldman Sachs alumnae network, Ellevate Network boasts a network of over 30,000 high-achieving trailblazing women from across the globe. When Sallie Krawcheck took to the helm last year, she believed there was a tipping point of women’s engagement in the economy and Ellevate was poised to “move from advocacy of women to the smart business of real investment in women." (http://www.businessinsider.com/)
Another site, Savor the Success (www.savorthesuccess.com), exudes accountability, productivity and connectivity. Savor the Success cultivates a progressive, take charge and “have-it-all” lifestyle and sisterhood. With a focus on “becoming the best, by playing with the best,” founder, Angela Jia Kim makes sure that the tools and sub-networks provided on the site increases your exposure and access to pertinent resources.
And finally, National Association of Women on the Rise (www.nawomenrise.com); a diverse, grassroots “meet you on your level” network of peer-to-peer support in 5 pillars: beauty, entrepreneurship, health/wellness, financial wealth and spirituality. Personal and professional resources are easily accessible and conversational in tone; which offers a sense of familiarity and ease. Founder, Sylvia Browder is passionate about helping women entrepreneurs access the assistance and encouragement they need to flourish.
Use your time and energy wisely when participating on these sites. The relationships that are birthed can be enriching and constructive. Take your participation to the next level and have lunch or coffee with local members, get to know them and cultivate a friendship. When you travel, do the same. These women are serious about their business, as you should be. Initiative, authenticity and an open mind will go a long way. The “give” will always outweigh the “take.” So, bring something to the table, engage with confidence and be ready to shift gears.
Micro Business Therapist, A.Michelle Blakeley, is a small business professional with extensive experience in business organization and has successfully guided hundreds of small business owners through the daily challenges of operating a small business with timely and transformative small business advice. Revitalize, reimagine and persevere with her daily curated online magazine, Micro Business Therapy™