The founder of one of the largest women’s networking groups in the world visits Los Angeles May 12 for the group’s annual Women’s Success Summit
Sandra Yancey started eWomenNetwork more than 15 years ago with passion and a dream to help women entrepreneurs grow their business. Today the non-profit she leads is one of the largest women networking groups in North America.
On May 12, Yancey visits Los Angeles for the 6th Annual Women’s Success Summit for a talk she calls “Strategies to go from at-large to in-charge.” Over the phone earlier this week, she told us the talk centers on the key lessons she learned in business, which came from making mistakes or advice of very wise people.
“I’ve taken the last 15 years and I’ve identified five key lessons that I’ve learned and applied them,” she said. “If I could do it all over again, there are certain things I know I would do differently.”
Today eWomenNetwork has grown to 118 chapters in six countries with 1,500 events per year. Her visit to Los Angeles is part of a 30-city tour Yancey completes every spring. When we spoke over the phone she was leading a 5-day retreat in Phoenix. It’s a whirlwind tour for the mother of two, who CNN named an American Hero.
She told us she started the organization back in 1999 because something was missing in business networking groups. Some to this day focus on referrals and limit membership to a single representative of each profession.
“What was really missing for me was a place where women had a philosophy of sharing with each other and helping each other elevate and grow,” she said. “We believe really great networking is when you show up and you give first. The irony is at the end of the day, everyone receives.”
As a member of eWomenNetwork, business owners hold a monthly networking event for each chapter and up to two other smaller strategy meetings they call “wisdom circles.” This is a place to get feedback on particular projects or just general guidance from your peers.
“We are for the woman entrepreneur who’s really serious about her business, who’s not a hobbyist and who really wants to grow her business,” Yancey said. “She knows she can’t do it by herself and wants a pleasant, kind environment where people are supportive and not forced on each other. So that’s the difference.”
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