Here are the top five benefits of women-only networking:
They get you.
Unlike at coed events where women project their Superwoman persona, female-only networking feels warm, welcoming and safe. Attendees share what it’s really like to run your own business, the juggle and the struggle, including sick kids, more difficulty accessing capital and all the challenges we face. Being able to relax, let your hair down, say what you want unfiltered and share some laughs is undoubtedly a lot more fun.
It gets results.
Second only to feeling supported by like-minded women, members of women-only groups say the high level of quality referrals is the next biggest benefit. “Women supporting women is the best way for all of us to grow and thrive.”
It’s a great way to find a mentor.
According to a LinkedIn study, 82 percent of women surveyed believe having a mentor is important, yet one out of five reports lacking this experience. Boding well for the future, younger women are more likely to have received guidance and support from someone in their shoes: Just 34 percent of female boomers (45-66 years old) studied have had a woman mentor, while 51 percent of Gen Y (18-29) women have. At female-only networking events, attendees meet many seasoned, successful women ready and willing to help.
It builds confidence.
Women-only events make it easier to show up authentically; with others genuinely cheering you on, women report experiencing a real boost of confidence. It gives her a place to develop new skills while being fully accepted and supported by her tribe.
Hearing the amazing stories of challenges overcome and lessons learned from other successful entrepreneurs is a huge motivator.
Excerpt from https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/315697