EmBe gathered representatives of nearly a dozen workplace networks to share their insights about women supporting each other at work. These 40 women represented a range of careers, experiences and levels of leadership, ultimately answering a resounding “yes” when asked if additional meetings should be convened.
Led by Erin Bosch, Executive Director of Women’s Programming at EmBe, the World Café-style conversation harvested perspectives about the benefits of women networking at work, how it works best, and how women can positively impact the region. Specific tips?
1. Suggest board opportunities to other women – and share their names.
2. Turn to other women for career mapping help. Most people are honored to be asked!
3. Consider technology solutions to connect at work, providing answers to questions and a hand up.
4. Be purposeful about building your village.
5. Share legacy volunteering opportunities to pass the torch of giving back.
A study from the Kellogg School of Management shared that 77% of the highest-achieving women in the study had strong ties with an inner circle of two to three other women. The research also showed that women who form a strong inner circle with other women who can share career advice are nearly three times more likely to get a better job than women who don’t have that support system.
EmBe has been using information like this to empower women in the Sioux Empire for nearly a century, bringing people together to make a difference in individual lives that flows into the workplace and the community.