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U.WE … Mentoring and Collaborating with Women Around the World
Hello and welcome to U.WE, a unique organization of women who get together both online and offline to mentor, support, collaborate and share resources with one another. What began as a few women getting together at a local coffee shop has grown in just two years to an organization of over 1,000 women. We still get together in small groups in local cafes and venues, but we’ve also created an online community where we can connect with one another any time, anywhere, and what we’ve found is that staying connected is the key to our success.
When I first had the idea of starting a group of women entrepreneurs, I just wanted to see if there were other women out there who – like me – felt kind of alone as a female business owner. When I attended a workshop or training for entrepreneurs, I was always surprised to see that the presenters and experts were almost always men, but the folks in the audience were usually more than half women.
Where were the women mentors and role models? I waited to see someone up there on the presenter stage that looked like me. I wanted to hear a woman’s story of success. I wanted to connect with other women who had started or were planning to start a business. I wanted to know about their experiences.
So I started a little Meetup Group and low and behold! I was not alone! There were other women who felt the same way, and once we found each other, things started to happen. We discovered what successful entrepreneurs everywhere already know: Collaboration and connection are key. It really is who you know.
Up until now women have not had the opportunities for mentorship, collaboration, and sharing of resources that have been there for the guys for generations.
“Imagine women in business as a powerful band of advocates, collaborators and allies. Imagine women entrepreneurs who know how to leverage their innate strength, overcome barriers and build relationships that drive growth in their businesses and careers. Male networking is a given — golf, squash, attending sporting events — while cliché, these are serious business-building opportunities. By contrast, women pride themselves on multi-tasking but fail to build into their schedules the networking opportunities that men take for granted.” – Eve Ashworth, Forbes Agency Council
Join U.WE and See What a Difference a Community Makes Become a member and join attend our weekly Mastermind Group, either online or offline. Start networking today and take advantage of special trainings and opportunities available exclusively to U.WE Members.
Women Entrepreneurs are Creating a Revolution!
It’s an uncomfortable truth, but women entrepreneurs have been vastly under-represented in the economic and business world in general. When asked to think of an entrepreneur, names like Musk, Gates, Jobs, Dell and Zuckerberg easily come to mind. But most of us can only easily conjure the name of one female entrepreneur – Oprah. Let’s face it, entrepreneurship has typically been dominated by men. According to Steve Blakeman of Inc. Magazine, there is “a huge gender disparity” in terms of start ups and entrepreneurship in the United States.
But as you may have noticed, there is a movement sweeping across the United States – and indeed the world. Women everywhere are joining one another and finding their collective voice, making media headlines almost daily. Along with this movement of female empowerment, there has also been a growing shift in U.S. business trends. The number of women-owned businesses in the United States has more than doubled in the last twenty years, and Inc. Magazine recognizes female entrepreneurs as “The Next Wave of Business Success.”
Inc. Magazine reported that women start businesses at 1.5 times the average rate in the U.S. Most importantly, they found that women entrepreneurs rank their happiness at nearly 3 times that of women who are not entrepreneurs or do not own their own businesses!
But what are the obstacles for women entrepreneurs? What still stands in the way of women’s success? Researchers have found that lack of support and lack of mentors are the primary obstacles for female entrepreneurs. This was exactly my experience over a decade ago when I started my first company, and why I founded United Women Entrepreneurs. If lack of support and mentors is the difference between success and failure, then we’ve got you covered! U.WE is now almost 800 members strong! We provide support, mentorship, and trusted resources women entrepreneurs need to overcome their biggest challenges. All we need is you!
- Join us online, where you can participate in our forums and online webinars. You will be added to our online directory.
- Participate in the powerful Mastermind groups offered online and offline each week.
- Connect with other women entrepreneurs who need to know you.
- Attend our monthly speaker series, where business experts are there to help in every area of your business.
- Get early access to specials and promotions.
- Become part of a community! Entrepreneurship can be lonely – our members help and support each other throughout their entrepreneurial journey.
Try U.WE for Free
Go ahead! Give us a whirl for one week. Attend our Monday Mastermind, meet and connect with other U.WE members, and see what we’re all about. After one week you will be billed $20 monthly, and you and your business will be added to our online registry. Remember, as a paid member, you can also attend our monthly speaker series, and be eligible for discounts and promotions.
Sign up today and be a part of this growing and powerful force of female entrepreneurship.