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You’ve got girl power. So what’s the next step?

Thought Leader

You’ve got girl power. So what’s the next step?

 You know a lot about the awesome things female entrepreneurs are doing out there.

 

In fact, you’ve been telling us about them all week.

 

It’s great that International Women’s Day can help shine a light on women in business, but part of our mission is to do that every single day of the year. With as much as £60 billion extra that untapped female entrepreneurship could deliver to the UK economy, it’s more important than ever to support female business owners near you.

 

We recognise the importance of female role models to look up to.

 

So it was interesting to see our Pioneer of the Week, Jacqueline Gold, talk about actively changing perceptions. The more high profile female business leaders that people see, the more women believe they can succeed as entrepreneurs.

 

On Twitter you’ve been telling us the women you look up to from big brands to small. And it was great to see our very own Pioneers community members nominating each other as role models too (that includes you @Nikki_Thomas, @CeliaCristovao@aaishadadral, @BeautyBlvd, @tanyawhitebits). We want to do our bit to get make this a hot topic of conversation all year round.

We want to make it as easy as possible for female entrepreneurs to succeed in business, and we’d love your ideas as to what else we could be doing?

  • Is it featuring more female entrepreneurs?
  • Connecting female mentors?
  • Organising meet ups and networking events?
  • Online workshops or webchats?

Tell us what you think.

 

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Comments
Thought Leader

One of the things that I have noticed on VMP is that there are women entrepreneurs working in similar areas - perhaps you could facilitate some 'Round Table' meetings or even facilitate 'requests' for mentor expertise in different areas.

Just a thought Smiley Happy

Inventor

Are you still looking for ideas or have you done something about this? Set somethieng up?

Community Manager

Hi @AnnaBurt

 

We're always keen to hear new ideas, especially as VOOM 2018 is on the horizon.

 

Inventor

Well, a lot of girls especially 18-22 who start to work are missing out on the whole uni vibe, and go into a work place where typically its older a train ride away and doesnt give you a sense of community of people your won age, 

 

So a group for those or women 18-30 who are feeling lonely.... just thoughts 

Thought Leader

Linking female mentors to females starting up would be a fantastic opportunity - I'd love this and would love a mentor.  I also quite like the idea of a webchat, not sure about meeting up as most events tend to be in London and as I'm based in Durham this is difficult for me to attend. 

 

Are there any books/audio books from female entrepreneurs which people would recommend?

Thought Leader

I am in the older category - however I would love to create a 'think-tank' mentor type group as I think there are things for all ages to learn from each other. How about setting up a regular monthly group that people can drop in and out of - any thoughtssfrom others?

I feel that I can be both a mentor and would grateullyreceive mentoring from other generations - does that make sense?

Inventor

i think the big thing is to create something that is socially acceptable to go to without any expectations, to create a hype about it but not to make feel people like they have to go to everyone, have to be in a certain industry be a certain age a certain look etc. 

 

People supporting people, and being kind to each other.

Inventor

Also 

 

Is there a way for us a to create a pay it forward campaign, the world we live in is increasingly becoming les community based and more individual based/ all about whats in my best interest. 

 

Any ideas?


@amycatlingwrote:

 You know a lot about the awesome things female entrepreneurs are doing out there.

 

In fact, you’ve been telling us about them all week.

 

It’s great that International Women’s Day can help shine a light on women in business, but part of our mission is to do that every single day of the year. With as much as £60 billion extra that untapped female entrepreneurship could deliver to the UK economy, it’s more important than ever to support female business owners near you.

 

We recognise the importance of female role models to look up to.

 

So it was interesting to see our Pioneer of the Week, Jacqueline Gold, talk about actively changing perceptions. The more high profile female business leaders that people see, the more women believe they can succeed as entrepreneurs.

 

On Twitter you’ve been telling us the women you look up to from big brands to small. And it was great to see our very own Pioneers community members nominating each other as role models too (that includes you @Nikki_Thomas, @CeliaCristovao@aaishadadral, @BeautyBlvd, @tanyawhitebits). We want to do our bit to get make this a hot topic of conversation all year round.

We want to make it as easy as possible for female entrepreneurs to succeed in business, and we’d love your ideas as to what else we could be doing?

  • Is it featuring more female entrepreneurs?
  • Connecting female mentors?
  • Organising meet ups and networking events?
  • Online workshops or webchats?

Tell us what you think.

 

pexels-photo-253758.jpeg

 


 

Thought Leader

I am just thinking 'off the cuff' - we have created a new platform called 'The Community Pledge' - we have not launched it yet - but it is going to be for businesses to help and support their community. (There is a bit more to it than that). I would happily invite entrepreneurs from VOOM Pioneers to create a free profile on the site (or they can make a donation if they want - we wouldn't say no, but there would be noobligation to). All we would ask is that you create a really good profile on the site - really tell the story about you, your business - why it is making, or will make, a difference and positive impact in the world.

Then as you do things to 'Pay-it-Forward' add them to your 'Community Pledge' profile - so that you can inspire others, motivate them and at the same time raise the profile of your business.

It is just an idea - not trying to sell anyone anything - just an offer to help.

In Gratitude

Jaki Smiley Happy

If you want to take a look (it is still in beta) go to TheCommunityPledge.com - then let me know if you would like to create a free profile for you and your business.

Ultrafast

This would be amazing Amy! I feel really passionate about helping women be more entrepreneural and help women rise up the career ladder. 
These 3 ideas stood out to me most

  • Connecting female mentors
  • Organising meet ups and networking events
  • Online workshops or webchats

Another idea would be that you could connect a mentors to entrepreneurs and then those entrepreneurs could mentor newer female entrepreneurs. We all have something to offer! 

 

I'm currenlty a mentoring a 15 year old girl for The Girls Network - their mission is to inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional female role models. If anyone is interested in being the mentor then it's a fantastic opportunity to give back so check out their website. 

Ultrafast

I would also add that I don't think the mentors need to be female, men can use their platform to help also Smiley Happy