Sunday, March 04, 2007
Building a business
On Friday I went to a Women in Business networking event at Gartmore House. It was a chance for women who own businesses within Loch Lomond National Park to get together and chat with the aim of making new connections to help each other's businesses. I went along really without thinking about it.
I am busy busy at the moment so I could only stay for the morning so perhaps I am being unfair. However - I came away feeling slightly insulted and thinking that what the event was desperately in need of was some men.
Why is it acceptable to have women only networking groups? Why is it thought to be a good thing for the women's businesses to segregate them? I have far more in common with a man owning a pharmecutical mail order business than I do with a woman who makes cards in her spare time.
I went along because I am at a stage in the business where I am desperately in need of a mentor, there are so many things that I don't know that I need to be able to chat with people who are more established and knowlegable than I am. It was a complete waste of time from that point of view.
I suppose that the "women only" thing is a kind of positive discrimination, that there is a thought that women won't speak up in mixed company. Well honestly - if you are the type of women who is going to be frightened off by men, then you are never going to make a go of a business.
Why the heck do we have to be coddled like this? Does anyone else find it insulting?