This week, I went to lunch with Ray Martin. Okay, I’ll confess. It wasn’t just me and Ray have an intimate tete-a-tete. There were about 150 other women in the room too. I was at a lunch organised by Network Central, sitting with my friend Jen Dalitz from Sphinxx. Ray is promoting his latest book Ray Martin’s Favourites: The Stories behind the Legends and he regaled us with stories about interviewing the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Audrey Hepburn and Al Pacino.
Network Central is one of many business women’s networks in Australia. And I’ve noticed an increasing number of them popping up around the country. Some are spearheaded by keen individuals who are operating them as businesses. Others are being hosted by major corporations keen to tap into the business women’s market.
This inspired today’s Enterprise post on “The truth about the new business women’s networks”.
Every week, my inbox is laden with an invitation from a new women’s business networking group promising me connections, great speakers, door prizes and an online community that can help my business thrive.
Over the past five years, I’ve seen a sharp increase in the number of women’s networking groups that have sprung up around the country. A mere 15 years ago, there were barely a handful to choose from. Now, it seems that every time I turn around, there’s a new business women’s networking group being launched.
While these three national networks dominate the market, there are other dynamic networks such as Network Central (which has events in Sydney and Melbourne); and also smaller networks that operate on a more suburban or regional level.
The new players
However, in the last couple of years, there have been new players in the mix. And these networks have been spearheaded by corporations keen to tap into the influential and powerful business women’s market.
But do these networks really work? Or are they just vehicles to push more home loans or sell more computers?
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