Business networking for women only: Is there still a need?

Whilst reflecting on IWD 2017, Olive Keogh discusses the relevance of women-only networks for women entrepreneurs

“women choose an all-female group not because they lack confidence in themselves or their idea, but because they prefer the camaraderie and support they get from other women. It’s not that it’s any less competitive – the women are as driven to succeed as the men. But there’s a huge openness within female-only groups that you don’t get with mixed groups.

“When it comes to increasing sales and achieving strategic goals, such as growth, or accessing new opportunities, then a mixed group is better as it more accurately mirrors the general business environment,” says McAdam, a professor of management and director of entrepreneurship at DCU.

Delighted to be invited to engage in this worthwhile and timely conversation