Making The Connection With Women In Business

by Shonali Burke on May 28, 2010

Ever since this blog made its debut almost a year and a half ago, the one thing Jill, and then I, focused on, was building, and connecting to, our community.

We try to do this by giving you a range of topics to read about, but all focused on and for women entrepreneurs.

Because if we give you content that’s relevant to your life as a woman entrepreneur, we’re making a connection with you, no matter how ephemeral it might initially seem.

Making the Connection

From the connection point of view, May’s been a really interesting month for Women Grow Business. Well, every month’s a really interesting month for us, but this month has been particularly interesting, because:

  • We held our second #wgbiz Twitterchat with Lori Saitz
  • We had our first “IRL” happy hour (thank you, Network Solutions) where many of us met for the first time
  • We announced the first-ever Women Grow Business Boot Camp (are you registered yet?)

I shouldn’t be, but continue to be amazed at how strong these connections are. Even though our Twitter chats are still very new, we get a great range of participants, not to mention learnings that you can apply in almost every field, regardless of your industry niche.

Consider these tweets from this month’s chat on customer appreciation:

Do read the entire trancript of the #wgbiz chat with Lori. There’s great stuff here that we can all apply in our businesses.

The #wgbiz happy hour was a long time coming. Don’t they say if it’s worth it, it’s worth waiting for?

That’s how I felt and hopefully others did as well. It was delightful to see some new Women Grow Business friends and supporters out for the first time (check out the photos, and that’s Faith Dow, Frank Gruber and Jen Consalvo that you see above), and I loved this note I got from someone new to us:

“I often feel very awkward at networking events, but tonight’s was fun and relaxed. I enjoyed it.”

How cool is that?! And Frank gets mad props for adding a touch of testosterone to our hen party.

As we gear up for June, I’m really looking forward to the Women Grow Business Boot Camp, sponsored by Network Solutions and Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

After connecting with each other online for so long, we’re finally going to have several #wgbiz contributors and supporters in the same room. I can’t even begin to imagine how high the energy will be.

Thank you for allowing us to connect with you. You are why we’re here.

Image © Shonali Burke, used with permission

Shonali 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/DC Metro. Talk to her via her blog, Waxing UnLyrical or Twitter.

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