Yesterday I enjoyed a mid-morning coffee break with Marie Russell, Founder of ExecutivePie, an organization providing thought leadership and guidance to professional women along with interactive career resources.  Marie is a passionate proponent of advancing women in the workplace and helping to build a community of professionals where great minds and ideas flow to provide better career opportunities for women. 

As organizational founders and leaders our conversation turned to networking, socially and professionally.  We both agreed that there are an abundance of organizations today offering women a wide array of professional networking and connecting opportunities.  In reflecting on our roles we concurred that our challenge is to ensure that we are delivering real value in programs and services that are not redundant.  Marie said “at the end of the day women have to find where they fit.”  She continued to say that “it may be technology, communications, engineering, marketing or even social networking groups where their needs are met.”   

The question then becomes how do you find the “right” networking group, prioritize or make the choice for where you belong or should invest your time.  As we prepared to say adieu we both agreed that networking, one-on-one or in professional or social groups is important!  Cynthia de Lorenzi