Sharp Skirts: On (and off) Line Networking for Women

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I’ve been doing a lot of networking lately. There is power that comes from meeting colleagues and making friends and working to mutually benefit each other. There is also satisfaction that comes from knowing that you can help someone with a good referral or even with the name of a potential client or strategic partner.

Because my firm focuses on women-owned businesses and will soon be WBENC certified, a lot of my networking time and energy is directed towards networking with other women business owners and professionals. I am a member of NAWBO-MN and also just joined the Business Women’s Circle. I have found that women love to help other women.

That is why I was surprised when I saw this headline in the NY Times business section: Women Don’t Help Each Other? Clearly, with the question mark, the author of the article was equally perplexed by this idea that women don’t lend a hand to other women. The article talks about an interesting site, Sharp Skirts, which is an on (and off) line networking community for women entrepreneurs. It aims to provide answers, make connections and help women find resources.

I am curious…how have other women business owners and professionals found working with and networking with other women? The stereotypical cat fight, or collaboration and community?

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  1. Jennifer Frantz  June 11, 2010

    I find female attorneys especially go out of their way to help each other out. Maybe law school just draws people that are already fair-minded, or maybe enough of us still run into clients that assume we’re the secretary, but I think we have a special connection with each other as professionals.

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    • Karen Lundquist  June 11, 2010

      I totally agree. I don’t think I have met a female attorney (and actually few attorneys in general) who haven’t been eager to help another attorney out. I think it also comes from the fact that we know we are a member of the legal community and this breeds a sense of belonging and the willingness to help.

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  2. Alejandro Anaya  June 12, 2010

    Helping each other in any profession is the key word! Let it be woman, man, minority or foreigner. But, I do have a problem when one gender becomes the main subject. It is almost like segregation without the official name.

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