The founders of Queen to Queen, Inc. were onto something when they started this great organization. They knew the importance of networking and they saw a void within the historically black college and university community. As a result, Queen to Queen was born. (I’m paraphrasing, of course.)
Networking is important on numerous levels and it becomes even more so as you ascend the career ladder. While you can Google “the benefits of networking”, here is a compilation of some of my favorite reasons networking is important:
- Your network can be an excellent source of new perspectives and ideas to help you in your role.
- Networking is a great opportunity to exchange best practice knowledge, learn about the business techniques of your peers, and stay abreast of the latest industry developments.
- Meet new friends or gain a support system.
- Develop ‘referral networks’ by educating your contacts in exactly what you’re looking for.
- Locate new joint venture partners or strategic alliances.
- Uncover new business opportunities.
- Recruit your next employee, non-executive director, team member, or specialist professional.
Networking is a good business practice for any level of employee, from entry-level up to CEO.
As a new professional it may just be an opportunity to bounce ideas off of like-minded individuals or a sound board to vent. As a career professional, it may be that next job or business opportunity. (Please note: These benefits are not mutually exclusive for a specific career level.)
As this organization grows, you will also see your professional network grow. African-American women are as diverse as women come – we have certain skill sets that are unmatched and the source of our knowledge is all different. Being a member of Queen to Queen will help all of us learn and grow from one another.
Be blessed. Be Queens. Network!