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Women Brainstorming Business

I know how hard it can be to struggle alone in business. I also know how great it feels to have someone listen to you, whether you have an idea for a business or are in the process of starting one.

So I am starting a meet-up group called "Women Brainstorming Business" http://www.meetup.com/Women-Brainstorming-Business/. I am arranging for the first meeting to be in a month's time. We will start by meeting once a month in Zurich on a Saturday morning for about 1.5 hours, then we will take it from there. Our main language of communication is English.In the meantime, feel free to join the group if it is of interest to you.

One of my aims is to encourage women to support each other in any way we can - and meeting up is a great way for us to learn more from each other as women and to grow our contacts and our businesses. I have my own online women's magazine, and I do know the power of meeting with other like-minded women. It gets lonely as I work at home, and meeting other women once a month will definitely make a huge difference to me and, I am sure, to other women in similar situations. And, according to research, female friendships can be of great benefit to women, making them healthier, happier, and less stressed, increasing their lifespans and helping them feel more beautiful.

I am inviting aspiring businesswomen - and those already in business across Switzerland - to come and join us. This group also is open to women who have an idea that they want to "bounce off" other women so that we can brainstorm together, women investors who can educate us or even invest in some of our businesses, and women business advisors who can offer help with our questions or at least point us in the right direction.

Together, we can bring real change to each others' businesses and ideas. Come and visit us...

Lisa.
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Re: Women Brainstorming Business

Sounds like a great initiative.

There is already something that might be similar - maybe you guys can link up?

Good luck

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Hey,

Thanks for letting me know. I will check it out.

I am confident it will be fun for all women thinking or in business.

Have a good day.
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Re: Women Brainstorming Business

OK, i'll take the bait....but it's a genuine question....why does nearly every sentence have 'women' in it ? Seriously, I'm all for women to succeed in all walks of life, but why are you so adamant that men should be excluded from this particular initiative ? Is this a 'girl power' thing to somehow prove women CAN do it alone, or have you bad experiences of trying to succeed where men were involved ? Or is it simply a preference ? Or is it that your interest is in 'women oriented' services (such as your magazine) thus you believe the woman's view to be more appropriate ?

If I may say, I find such segregation rather sad, but i'm interested in your reasons if you care to give them. I think also you'll find research shows that friendship regardless of gender delivers most of the benefits you quote. Certainly if I was running a business I would want a balance of different characters and that would include both men and women.
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Re: Women Brainstorming Business

Hi,
This seems to be very interesting . I would love to join this group and participating in the discussions.
My best wishes.
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OK, i'll take the bait....but it's a genuine question....why does nearly every sentence have 'women' in it ? Seriously, I'm all for women to succeed in all walks of life, but why are you so adamant that men should be excluded from this particular initiative ? Is this a 'girl power' thing to somehow prove women CAN do it alone, or have you bad experiences of trying to succeed where men were involved ? Or is it simply a preference ? Or is it that your interest is in 'women oriented' services (such as your magazine) thus you believe the woman's view to be more appropriate ?

If I may say, I find such segregation rather sad, but i'm interested in your reasons if you care to give them. I think also you'll find research shows that friendship regardless of gender delivers most of the benefits you quote. Certainly if I was running a business I would want a balance of different characters and that would include both men and women.
it's a fair question. I'm not involved in any of these groups, but I've studied and worked in communications. It turns out that if it's women in an entrepreneurial setting, sometimes all-female groups do better. In a mixed group, women sometimes go quiet and don't participate. There are lots of studies of different communication styles - Deborah Tanner's written widely and Carol Gilligan (In a Different Voice). In a country such as Switzerland, where women seem to have a perceived disadvantage in business, sometimes an all-female group works. In business settings men often have a wealth of mentors, while female mentors can be more difficult to find. And mixed gender mentors sometimes appear to the outside as Svengali or Sugar Daddies.

Not saying that men and women can't work together, or that businesses and friendships and mentoring relationships can't flourish.

And, for example, it's only been since 1987 or so that the Rotary allowed women to join, based on a Supreme Court Ruling (in the US, anyway).

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Not saying that men and women can't work together, or that businesses and friendships and mentoring relationships can't flourish.
On that note: I currently work with an all-male team in a male-dominated field. I love my teammates and my workplace, but I often miss a female mentor like I had in my prior location, someone I can look up to and identify with for certain types of issues - I cannot ask any of my current teammates how they balance motherhood and climbing the career ladder, for example

To the OP: good luck with the initiative!
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Hi,
This seems to be very interesting . I would love to join this group and participating in the discussions.
My best wishes.
Hi ,
When i am joining the group I am unable to upload my pic ... i guess some problem in my Ipad. I want to be a member of this group and attend the meetings. Please advice me what to do.
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Great! I will join too
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Re: Women Brainstorming Business

Great idea, a super website, too - I look forward to getting involved!
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OK, i'll take the bait....but it's a genuine question....why does nearly every sentence have 'women' in it ? Seriously, I'm all for women to succeed in all walks of life, but why are you so adamant that men should be excluded from this particular initiative ? Is this a 'girl power' thing to somehow prove women CAN do it alone, or have you bad experiences of trying to succeed where men were involved ? Or is it simply a preference ? Or is it that your interest is in 'women oriented' services (such as your magazine) thus you believe the woman's view to be more appropriate ?

If I may say, I find such segregation rather sad, but i'm interested in your reasons if you care to give them. I think also you'll find research shows that friendship regardless of gender delivers most of the benefits you quote. Certainly if I was running a business I would want a balance of different characters and that would include both men and women.
Thank you for your question. I generally enjoy working with women and I personally relate more to them. They are things that a woman may go through that only another woman can understand and relate to hence sharing experiences from woman to woman differs from to man and woman.

All the other reasons have been mentioned above and I totally agree with them.

I have nothing against men or working with them...I just prefer women.
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To all those who are interested feel free to join our meetup group and attend our meetings. I am sure we will all be able to learn from each other.
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