Mentoring is cool, but friendship is where real networks deepen and where real money flows,” says Stack World Founder Sharmadean Reid. After 15 years of building women’s communities, Reid’s insight into networking is a masterclass in the do’s and don’ts of building your own.
If you’re looking to scope out your circle, there are several tools to have in your belt to get it right. Whether you are looking to forge a thriving community of fellow founders, earn a salary increase, or climb the corporate ladder, having a power network at your disposal is a critical element in the success formula.
In fact, according to research conducted by PNAS, maintaining close networks can help women progress in competitive industries, and those with inner circles become more likely to achieve leadership positions within their desired fields.