How did you get the job you have? Was it through a network? In this ever-tightening economy, who you know is equally, if not more, important than what you know.
Networking is even more important for women, who are still under-represented in many professional industries.
Here are 10 of the best professional women’s organizations for networking:
Association of Women in Communications. An organization that works for the advancement of women throughout the various communications fields. Offers both professional and student chapters. Hosts national and regional events.
Business and Professional Women. Hosts networking events for members to advance careers and work towards the cause of equity in the workplace for women.
Empowering Women Network. The largest professional women’s organization in the Midwest. Offers monthly networking events.
National Association of Female Executives. The largest businesswomen’s organization in the nation. Offers professional networking opportunities throughout the country.
National Association of Women Business Owners. This association represents women-owned businesses, of which there are more than 10 million. NAWBO hosts a number of networking conferences and events each year.
National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. A not-for-profit organization dedicated to black women in the workplace. Hosts networking events, conferences and leadership retreats.
National Latina Business Women Association. A professional organization focused on the advancement of Latina women in business and professional occupations. Hosts national and regional conferences with networking opportunities.
Society of Women Engineers. A not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing women in the field of engineering. Offers national and regional networking conferences as well as social networking.
Organization of Women in International Trade. Provides educational and networking opportunities for women who work in international trade and business.
Women in Technology International. The nation’s leading trade association for tech-savvy women. Offers four different networks including professional, corporate, global executive and student networks.
These are just some of the top women’s professional organizations that offer networking opportunities. There are numerous other field-specific organizations that can help you build your networks and advance your career.
Now grab some free business cards and get going!