If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.
A recent study shows a steady decline in female participation in the higher ranks of management with just 14 per cent of chief executive roles in Irish companies being held by women.
Unless you live under a rock, you’ll understand that women talk. We share our insecurities, our dreams, our problems. Sit with a woman on a plane for a few hours and by the end of it you’ll probably know her form of birth control.
With the growth of this freelancing society we now live in and increased access to fast broadband, more and more women are realising their dreams; setting up businesses and creating working hours to suit their family lives.
Starting out as a woman in business can be very daunting. One of the many issues women in business face is simply not being taken seriously by our male counterparts. We’re either branded as ‘bossy’ or ‘bitchy’ if we’re demanding or ‘weak’ if we don’t stand up for ourselves. A woman must work extra hard to be heard in the business world. So sourcing the right advice can be like tying to find a needle on a table of poker playing men surrounded by cigar smoke.
But there are women who have been immensely successful in this battle and have broken through the glass ceiling. It is invaluable for women to network with their peers, to come together and discuss common issues. By listening to each other at networking events advice is given, contacts are made and women leave feeling inspired, hopefully with a few more likeminded friends too.
It’s not about who you know, but who knows you!
A key trait of any successful leader is the ability to share experiences and learn from others. Ask any successful person which skill helped to them to succeed and the majority will say Networking. Networking events help women to find role models and connections that would not necessarily be available to them from within their own office (or from the kitchen table).
So get out from behind that desk and join us for the Women’s Empowerment Summit 26th March in the Talbot Hotel Stillorgan. This event is designed to help you be the best you can be, to learn from other successful women in business and to leave with a feeling of empowerment, ready to take on the world.