The power of building connections

downloadJune 4, 2014 – Today is National Girlfriends Networking Day (NGND).

If you’re hearing about this event for the first time, you’re not alone. I work for a progressively social company with a strong women’s initiative network that takes pride in events such as this, which is the reason I am aware of it. In March, for example, we sponsored screenings of “Girl Rising”, a film that focuses on a global movement for girls’ education around the world, to coincide with International Women’s Day.

NGND promotes the power of building connections, something that research indicates women are reluctant to do with people they don’t know well. Women, who are great communicators and collaborators, often struggle with building and using business networks, and NGND hopes to help change that.

Today, thousands of women across the U.S. will attend a huge networking event featuring a panel of women leaders, such as Christine Romans, a CNN news anchor, Sarinya Srisakul, the president of United Women Firefighters, and Kathleen Parker, a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post. The panel will share their personal stories and discuss how to plan a career path, take risks, and build connections.

Years ago, my then husband told me that women will always find success because they are willing to help each other, and have a variety of resources to turn to. He said this after reading an issue of my “Glamour” magazine, and taking in all of the advice it offered. Some may argue that women’s magazines, especially those that focus on beauty, do more harm than good, but his point was right on – sharing information and knowledge, something that NGND promotes, ultimately creates success.

For more information on NGND, or to start a networking group in your area, visit



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