Did you know that Good Ol’ Girls puts on monthly happy hours? We do this for a number of reasons – to provide a relaxing space to just hang out, a chance for women to drop in and connect with fellow members and friends, and an opportunity to network in a less formal setting. Often, we think of networking as something to do around a transition in your professional life, when graduating or seeking out a new job. But networking can be helpful in a variety of other ways too. Good Ol’ Girls Communications Director Jelena Hasbrouck sees networking as a step to building a group of professional thought partners. “It’s so helpful to have a network I can go to beyond just finding a new job. If I’m hitting a wall on a project or want to infuse my own brainstorming with new ideas, I can reach out to other women I’ve met at happy hours that I know do similar work and pick their brains.”
Carrie Rich, Co-Founder and CEO of The Global Good Fund, has also talked about the power of informal networking. “Networking can come from anywhere!” Rich says, “I don’t need to be in a professional setting to network and meet new people who will enrich my life and career and vice versa.” Read more about her approach here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carrie-rich/the-power-of-informal-net_b_5412752.html
And for those of us who like the idea of building an empowering network but don’t enjoy small talk, Allison Graham has tips in her piece “Hate Small Talk? These 5 Questions Will Help You Work Any Room” http://www.fastcompany.com/1843752/hate-small-talk-these-5-questions-will-help-you-work-any-room
So drop on by one of our happy hours and connect with other progressive women in a low-key environment. Good Ol’ Girls happy hours are transit accessible, switch off between San Francisco and Oakland and are always open, so bring fellow members, friends, someone you chat with on BART, etc!
Our next happy hour is Thursday February 26th, at Farmer Brown in San Francisco – home of great cocktails and mocktails, with happy hour specials like $2 off seasonal cocktails! Drop by anytime between 5:30pm and 7:30pm and look for the Good Ol’ Girls buttons on board members to spot us! More info here: http://members.goodolgirls.org/event-1869857