If we accept that positive energy and enthusiasm are contagious, then it’s no wonder we’re all continuously searching for amazing people to surround ourselves with. After all, you, my dear, are already a career-driven, ambitious, and talented individual. And positivity attracts positivity, amirite?
But, finding other like-minded, mega-driven, positive people like yourself can be hard. It can be really hard—especially when you’re breaking into a new field, launching your own venture, or doing something different from the peeps you’ve always run with.
The good news is, that as difficult as it is to meet new people, today there are a lot more organizations dedicated to helping women connect with other sharp women. For starters, the *cough* Girlboss Rally *cough* was made with that purpose in mind. At the rally, you’re not only surrounded by enthusiastic professionals looking to make more connections, but you also get to learn from the best and brightest players in the game like Arlan Hamilton, Piera Gelardi, Whitney Cummings, and more. (And psst, tickets are still available.)
If you can’t make it to the Girlboss Rally, don’t fret—there’s always next year. In the meantime, you can network with women across industries all year-long. Ahead, we’ve compiled 10 of our favorite national, regional, and online groups that make it easy to network with inspiring and ambitious women.
Without further ado, here they are:
10 places you can network with women ASAP
Who it’s for: Our annual conference brings hundreds of like-minded women together to meet, hatch up plans, hear from some of the best in the business, and thrive. Tickets are still available for the two-day event in Los Angeles this June.
Check them out at: Girlboss Rally
Who it’s for: This national networking community caters to millennial professionals with monthly programming in NYC, Boston, Atlanta, LA, and more. Event topics range from perfecting your pitch and understanding personal branding to lifestyle workshops around decorating your apartment and mastering floral arrangements.
Check them out at: Six Degrees Society
Who it’s for:The 115,000+ member Facebook community is a place for female business owners to connect and support one another through shared resources, tools, and advice. The group also hosts free live trainings on social media marketing, branding, PR, and online marketing.
Check them out at:Women Helping Women Entrepreneurs
Who it’s for:Entrepreneurs who are raising a family at the same time can find a supportive, judgment-free zone on the Boss Moms Facebook community, which boasts more than 30,000 current members.
Check them out at:Boss-Moms
Who it’s for:Those in tech fields who are female-identifying (trans and non-binary folks are welcome, too). Members of the group get access to secret job postings, invites to exclusive events, and can seek out advice and support from other members.
Check them out at:Tech Ladies
Who it’s for:Veterans, women of color, and female entrepreneurs can search the She Means Business landing page to find specific networking groups suited to their needs. It’s similar to Lean In Circles that allow you to filter communities by criteria, i.e., whether you’re a Latina freelancer or a leader in tech.
Check them out at:She Means Business
Who it’s for:Remote workers looking for some 9-to-5 pals. This female-run coworking space is popping up all over the country as a modern women’s club. Not only does it provide a cozy office situation to members, but there are plenty of A-list networking events to stop by, too. The eats, beauty room, and perks and freebies don’t hurt, either.
Check them out at:The Wing
Who it’s for:Those looking to create and grow their own local communities to foster new business ideas and make friends. So far the group has organized over 100 suppers from Ohio and Texas to California and beyond.
Check them out at:Sister Suppers
Who it’s for:Female engineers and those looking to close the gender gap in computer science. Girls Who Code invites anyone no matter their experience level to volunteer and facilitate a club, so that they may shape the next generation of women who are passionate about their work.
Check them out at:Girls Who Code
This story was originally published on October 5, 2018. It has been updated (and will continue to be updated) to include new tips, advice, and guidance, to ensure we are always giving you the best, most valuable resources.
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