Here’s to women building each other up.
Ladies, here’s something to live by: you’re not alone. Whether you’re a single mum juggling two jobs, a struggling entrepreneur, or a female techie competing in a man’s world, there’s support out there for you – a great source of that is a women’s networking group. Run by and for women, these organisations see collaborations amongst females across various fields including business, technology, the creative industry. Building contacts and connections aside, they’re also a safe space to tackle tricky issues like motherhood and equality in the workforce. To help you conquer the world, we’re shining a light on seven amazing women’s networking groups.
This one’s for struggling mums everywhere. Mums who struggle with 45 hour weeks and fulltime jobs; stay-at-home-mums who struggle with their identities and independence; single mums who lack support in managing finances and the household. In comes CRIB: a social enterprise which aims to help women achieve work life balance through entrepreneurship. Here’s how the organisation works: aside from networking with other like-minded entrepreneurs, there’s a matchmaking programme which pairs you with complementary partners to kickstart your business. There’s also the Incubator, which offers entrepreneurs mentorship from industry leaders, access to funding as well as a veritable network of contacts.
Check out CRIB for more information
Lean In is all about connecting extraordinary women in a show of support for each other’s professional and personal goals. To start, join a peer group circle – these include include Women of HR, nonprofit, tech and HeforShe Singapore – or start your own. As a safe, supportive space, this is the group to look for to learn how to be a supportive ally to other women in the workforce, raise a generation of female leaders and be a mentor to other like-minded women.
Check out Lean In for more information
Founded in London in 2007, SheSays has since expanded into a global entity. Here’s what sets this non-profit organisation apart: every member has a say, and events and membership are entirely free for women in the creative biz. Don’t miss Social Night; an event organised every alternate month to discuss women’s issues, careers, and to connect the community to industry leaders. Coming up on April 18, the night will focus on building support networks.
Check out SheSays SG for more information
Volunteer-run PrimeTime caters to professional women to help them achieve their goals. The group’s strength is its diversity; members come from all walks of life, professions, nationalities and cultural backgrounds. Put your leadership skills in the spotlight by showcasing your talent and ideas to improve the community. Activities include discussion groups, professional networking opportunities, social gatherings and community outreach opportunities.
Check out PrimeTime for more information
It’s still in its infancy stage, but Crazycat’s knocking it out the park with its official launch happening on 30 April. A platform for inspiring, supporting and connecting women, the organisation has three exciting speakers in store. The first is Noor Tagouri: a prominent hijab-wearing, Libyan-American Muslim journalist and activist who broke the internet when she appeared in Playboy magazine. Also speaking in the panel is writer and entrepreneur Aida Azlin as well as TV presenter, speaker and former beauty editor Anita Kapoor. Last on the lineup is local ‘it girl’ Aarika Lee, also mum of two, as well as musician, fashion icon and entrepreneur. Expect to hear stories of strength, grit, ambition and identity: crucial traits women of all backgrounds deserve to have.
Check out Crazycat for more information. Tickets to ‘Crazycat x Fashionvalet presents Noor Tagouri: Letting Your Light Shine’ are available here
The Busy Woman Project
Health is at the heart of The Busy Woman Project. With women breaking boundaries in the workforce and wearing multiple hats in both their professional and personal lives, their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health often falls through the cracks. The Busy Woman Project strives to fill those cracks by offering prevention methods to burnout, stress, unhappiness and loneliness. This year’s theme is resilience to help women improvise, find meaning in life and accept whatever reality throws at them. While its most recent Living my Purpose event (which involved a conscious movement class, journaling and hearing from founders of famed homegrown brands) is over, you can expect similar sessions in the near future.
Check out The Busy Woman Project for more information
Business Women Network
Its name speaks for itself; Business Women Network is all about giving budding entrepreneurs a healthy environment to manage and deliver their business goals. A main struggle of female bosses is the feeling of loneliness, but you’ll never feel that way here, as you’ll constantly feel connected with the community, thanks to workshops, network meetings, brainstorm sessions and one-on-one mentorships.
Check out Business Women Network for more information
The Codette Project
Breaking the gender gap in technology is The Codette Project. Founded by and for minority women, the group aims to improve women’s awareness of possibilities in tech. Free workshops in the field of social media and tech are often held, along with speaker panels about gender representation in today’s tech world.
Check out The Codette Project for more information
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