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Photo of a large group of women networking at a WELD eventBy the time the job is posted, it has already been filled.  The time to build relationships is before you need them!  Women who prioritize making community connections increase their knowledge of opportunities and form their own community of support to help them through the good times and bad.  Community connections can be the life-blood for entrepreneurs seeking to form trusting relationships that may lead to clients. Access to diverse networks is critical at any point in one’s career or business.

In research performed by Ernst & Young, the company explained it’s “who you know” and why this is especially important for women entrepreneurs.  Having a network and knowing how to leverage it are two different things.  Those skilled at building relationships understand the concept of reciprocity and know how to construct mutually beneficial relationships.

Networking both inside and outside one’s organization is important for women seeking career fulfillment and advancement.  In this context, it is also true that “who knows you” is just as important.  When key decision-makers know your brand and the person that stands behind it, you might be able to enter doors that may have been closed to you.

WELD provides women opportunities to grow their networks.  By attending our programs and events and volunteering, women enter a welcoming environment filled with women and men aligned on the importance of advancing women leaders.  With WELD, you can expand your sphere of influence, interact with influential business leaders in our community and beyond and learn success strategies from proven leaders.

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Resources

Check out the latest resources on the benefits of networking.

It’s who you know: Women entrepreneurs and the impact of networks

How Networking Benefits Women in Their Career

Growing Your Network in 2016:  Are Men Better at Networking than Women Are?

Cited in BPW site: Six Ways Women Can Power up Their Businesses with Networking

Women Wanted:  Building a Strong Network for Women in Your Workplace 

Why and How to Start a Women’s Network at Your Company

The Benefits of Networking Events

Why ‘Network More” is Bad Advice for Women

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