One of the great things about being in public accounting is that we are encouraged to network our little hiney’s off. When I came back to the Akron area, I started looking for a networking group to join. At first I attended the standard accounting networking groups, but I was feeling less than motivated. Oftentimes at these meetings you will exchange business cards with the attendees at your table and do a 30-second commercial on who you are and what you do in your career. At one of my first meetings, I did just this and as I turned to hand my business card to the old man in the blue suit sitting next to me he held up his hand to stop me and said “No thanks.”
Are you kidding me?
Needless to say, that was the LAST time I ever attended a meeting for that group. A couple months later, I stumbled on the Knowledgeable Network of Women (KNOW), which is a program of the Greater Akron Chamber. As I walked into the lobby for my first KNOW meeting I was immediately taken aback by the energy that exuberated from the room. Tons of women from all types of career backgrounds crammed into a lobby talking, laughing, and getting to know each other. THIS was the type of group I needed. No old men in blue suits to refuse my business cards, but rather a group of 300+ women all genuinely interested in getting to know you and helping you to achieve success in any way they could.
Women helping women. It doesn’t get any more awesome than that!
Over the years, I have become more and more involved in the KNOW in Akron, and I am very excited to say that I will serve as the chair of the group for 2011! As such, I was included in the 2011 calendar (on the centerfold, no less).
Just call me Miss June 😀