Taking Over the Reins at WGBiz: The Power of Community

by Shonali Burke on January 27, 2010

It’s funny where life will take you.

If you’d told me, 10 years ago, that not only would I be living and working in the capital of a world superpower, I’d have giggled. If you’d told me, five years ago, how incredibly important social media would become to my life, I’d have raised my eyebrows. And if you’d told me, one year ago, that today I would be part of an incredibly vibrant community of women entrepreneurs and leaders, I’d have shaken my head in disbelief.

Amazing, isn’t it? Someone, pinch me.

As I step into Jill Foster’s editorial shoes at Women Grow Business, I’m extremely aware those are some big shoes to fill. Jill has done an incredible job building this community, populating it with women who have incredibly big spirits, overwhelming smarts and the generosity to share both, and garnering the accolades it so richly deserves.

And that’s what makes this community so exciting; not just the intelligence that buzzes through it, but the dialog it engenders.

The Power of Community

Women Grow Business is nothing without you – the women who have built it. And I know that together we’ll take it to higher and higher levels, talking and teaching and helping each other to grow and learn and succeed.

But really – it’s nothing without you.

So please do keep the great thoughts and ideas coming, so that we can build upon the foundation Jill set in place (and cheer her on as she lives her talk, something she’s taught us all to do).

Ladies, let’s crush (h/t Gary) 2010.

Image: nascarOsO, Creative Commons

Shonali BurkeShonali Burke is editor of Women Grow Business and one of the country’s leading business communicators, who was named to PRWeek‘s inaugural top “40 Under 40″ list of US-based PR professionals. She specializes in creating and implementing integrated (online and off), results-based, measurable communication programs for clients both large and small at Shonali Burke Consulting. An accredited business communicator, she is also Adjunct Faculty at Johns Hopkins University’s M.A. in Communications program and active in the local communications community as President of IABC/Washington. She is frequently invited to speak on public relations and integrated communications-related topics, including measurement, effective integrated public relations, cause marketing, PR on a budget, and social media. Talk to her via her blog, Waxing UnLyrical, or Twitter.

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