Today Show: Stiletto Networks Are Shifting Social Paradigms
If you are a woman who wants to get ahead in the business world, you might want to consider starting a Stiletto Networking Group. Calling themselves “Babes In Boyland,” “The Harpies,” and “And Chicks In Charge,” this group of women has been known to eat out at fancy restaurants, host lavish dinner parties, and even host poker nights.
The first of these unique takes on a girls club was created in 1997 by Janet Hansen and named it “85 Broads,” named after 85 Broad Street, the former New York address of Goldman Sachs, where Hansen spent a large amount of her career.
Today Show: Stiletto Networks Are All Over America
Groups are starting to pop up all over the country. From Anchorage, Alaska to Hollywood, successful women are banding together to form power circles that have a common goal in mind. These women have given each other the courage and power to be the best version of themselves.
The name “Stiletto Network” came from author Pamela Ryckman, who found a common thread among the women that she met while researching her new book, Stiletto Network. Women from their 20s to their 70s are networking with each other to offer encouragement to each other to do anything from finding a job to starting a business of their own.
Today Show: Pamela Ryckman The Stiletto Network Review
Pamela Ryckman, author of Stiletto Network, Heidi Messer, co-founder of Collective[i], and Shauna Mei, founder and CEO of AHAlife.com, came into the show to talk about powerful women and their social circles. Pamela Ryckman talked about how the women in these networks offer each other encouragement and share their hopes, dreams, and fears. With there being more room for women to succeed than there was in the past in the professional world, it is easier for networks of supportive women to form than ever before.
Heidi Messer hosts her poker nights so that she can teach women about starting up their own businesses. It teaches them how to deal with the hand they’re dealt, to strategize, and even to bluff. Not to mention, poker nights provide a great way to network.
Today Show: Stiletto Network Poker Nights
Shauna Mei started AHAlife.com actually got the investment she needed to start her company from Janet Hansen, the woman known for 85 Broads. Janet Hansen thought it was a good idea, invested in the company, and then went and told all of her own friends to invest in the company. Shauna Mei quickly raised over a million dollars from the Stiletto Network, and her website has been a success.
The last thing that they wanted to stress was that this can start anywhere. All you need to do is grab a group of friends and ask them, “What do you need, and how can I help?”