Joining an organization or two to meet other professional women is a great investment and a lot of fun, and gives you a way to meet women in many of the cities you may travel to. The women in these organizations can help your business or career go further, they can share similar interests, and help you expand your interests.
There are numerous professional organizations that cater to women and women-owned businesses. Here are a few of the top-tier organizations:
Downtown Women’s Club
Founded as a networking organization by a group of energetic and enthusiastic young professionals in 1998, the Downtown Women’s Club (DWC) has evolved into an online social network and in-person community designed for smart and sophisticated businesswomen on the go. Their mission is: to empower women through access to information and opportunities for collaboration. With their expanding club system and online services, no matter where you work, play, or live, you can join the DWC and interact with dynamic corporate executives and entrepreneurs from a variety of industries.
Carol’s note: If you’re interested in creating a Downtown Women’s Club in Central Florida, let me know!
eWomenNetwork is the #1 resource for promoting and connecting women worldwide. Their vision is a vast network of female business owners and professionals all connected to each other. They want success-minded women to have easy access to each other’s skills, talents, knowledge and resources. They are a community of women who want to provide unlimited opportunities to transact business with women.
The CEO of eWomenNetwork, Sandra Yancey, also does a radio broadcast each Sunday. But don’t worry about taking precious home-time to listen. Just follow the links on this page to recorded broadcasts that you can listen to while you’re driving, on the plane, etc.
Whether you’re a student or seasoned professional, Forté Foundation has exactly what you need to succeed. Find a mentor, network with your peers and learn about advancing your career. It’s all right there, and it’s all free. Forté is a growing community of women, ready to share ideas about the workplace, professional development and work/life balance. Best of all, you can:
Interact with women with similar interests and concerns
Learn from top women business leaders
Motivate the next generation of women in business
Nafe – National Association for Female Executives
The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) was founded in 1972. The organization has a rich history of providing education, networking, and public advocacy to empower its members to achieve career success and financial security. Members are female executives, women business owners and others who are committed to NAFE’s mission: the advancement of women in the workplace. NAFE is owned by Working Mother Media (WMM), which includes Working Mother and NAFE Magazine.
WomensCommunity.com is a model of creativity and collaboration and provides growth and support for all levels of women in business. Established Entrepreneurs share their expertise with Start-Up Entrepreneurs, who, in turn, assist women in transition – it is an “all -win” Partnership! You gain greater knowledge, business assistance, market exposure, increased sales and global market reach. And, you support the growth of other women in business.
They provide discussion forums, Power Partnership Mastermind groups, education and teleseminars, a rich library of resources, member directory, online store and much more. They help women to identify and meet their Power Partners. Womens Community is the most comprehensive community for women in business.
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