As a woman, I’ve attended my fair share of women’s networking events. And while the number is small, there are always a few courageous men who show up to these events. Are these brave souls really that brave or just in on a secret that the rest of the male population hasn’t figured out: women’s events are just as good if not better opportunities, than other events, for EVERYONE in attendance.
Diversity cuts both ways
Ask any woman who works in a male centric job, being the only woman in the room can actually be pretty helpful for networking. It’s a lot easier to remember that one woman that was there than that guy with the suit, mixed in with all the other guys.
Drop a man in a room full of women, same affect. It’s also a good chance to be reminded what it’s like to be in the minority and on the other side, making a stronger collaborator in the future.
Get an alternate Point of View
Is your company or startup stuck in a rut or having trouble getting over that next milestone? Sometimes all you need is a fresh point of view, stepping out of your comfort zone can put you in front of people that you might not normally run into and chances are they have a whole new way to look at that problem you are facing.
Going to a women focused event will put you in the room with people that can help you look at your problem from a totally different direction than you might have thought of previously.
The Speakers are still just as awesome
Whether it’s men or women speaking, if you go to an event hosted by an organization that normally brings together good speakers, then the topics will have value to anyone, man or women, the main difference will just be that the speakers are all women.
The women that are picked to be speakers at these events are leaders in their field and will give beneficial advice both to women and the challenges they face, but also for men and how they can succeed as well.
I can assure you that you won’t walk into an event about entrepreneurial women and hear a panel on hair, make-up and shopping. You will hear panels on strong successful women in business who want to share the stories of their success so others can benefit. Their successes as women in business probably have more to do with their business savvy and experience than their sex. So why not learn from them?
So really men, where are you?
What are men so afraid of at about women’s event? As Sheryl Sandberg said in her speech at the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Ask yourself and go do it.”
If you think you are “man enough” for a great women’s event join the Capital Network for our third annual women’s breakfast “Catalyzing Growth” held at N.E.R.D. We have some great women for you to hear from:
Lisa Adams – Partner, Nutter, McClennen & Fish
Bettina Hein – Founder and CEO, Pixability
Dayna Grayson – Principal, North Bridge Partners
Katie Rae – Managing Directory, TechStars
Come see what all these women events are about and expand your horizons, you might be surprised by what you learn. More Info