There are a lot of women in business these days, and many of us work from home. It can be easy to feel isolated or alone when you’re self-employed, but that doesn’t have to be the case. In fact that’s one of the main reasons Ladyboss International and the LBI Backstage Pass were created! So that solopreneurs, ladybosses, and women business owners don’t have to feel so secluded!
Today we want to talk about the diverse options for resources and communities available to help you succeed, specifically when it comes to connecting with other women in business. Whether you need advice or just want to feel connected to others who understand your challenges, these resources will help!
How to Connect with Other Woman in Business:
Some of these ideas won’t be new, or surprising, but they are worth mentioning as we have this discussion about building connections –
The first step is to find your community. There are women in business groups and communities for every industry, size, and type of business out there. You can find them online or offline, big or small. Obviously we recommend the LBI Backstage Pass – this is our inclusive and diverse community that is all about collaborating, elevating and inspiring other women!
We’ve seen so many amazing partnerships, friendships and collaborations happening because of our community platform and we’d love for you to join!
And of course there are so many other amazing, like-minded communities you can be a part of! (Feel free to mention your favorites in the comments below!)
Attend events! There are women in business conferences and events happening all the time. This is a great way to network and connect with other women who might be able to help you in your business journey.
We often host virtual AND in-person events as a part of the LBI Backstage Pass, these are open to anyone to attend! You can also find other, local events on sites like meetup.com or your local business associations.
Get involved with social media. There are tons of active women in business Facebook groups, Twitter chats, and LinkedIn groups where you can engage with others on a daily basis. There are even whats app groups and slack channels you can be added to for support and encouragement, you’ve just got to look around for them!
Look for mentorships and coaching opportunities. These relationships can be invaluable when it comes to advice, guidance, and support in business. You can find women in business mentors in your personal and professional networks, or you can seek out programs specifically for mentorship. We’ve got some very talented coaches inside the Backstage Pass and they love to support and connect with ladybosses that need their wisdom!
Many times women in business are more than willing to help other women succeed – so don’t be afraid to ask!
Online networking calls: Something that’s become more and more popular over the last few months is online networking events! Typically they take place via zoom, and you get to “e-meet” these talented and passionate women in business. You’ll find these opportunities happening inside of the LBI Backstage Pass, as well as other women run communities and groups.
These virtual meetings are a great way to get comfortable on camera, talking about your business, and making connections that could lead to great relationships for your business!
Don’t forget that you are never alone in your business journey! There are women in business all around the world, just like you, seeking out advice and guidance. These tips will help you get started on finding your community and connecting with other women who can help support you on your path to success!
Do you have any favorite resources or communities for women in business? We’d love to hear about them below!
And if you’re not already a part of our LBI Backstage Pass community, we would love to have you join us! You can learn more and sign up here. See you inside!
We love that through this Boss Blog, we have the opportunity to highlight and support amazing women. These women are “doing the damn thing” as our Fem Founder, Rose Kaz would say!
In this edition ofPass Her the Mic, we’re chatting with Gladys Simen, a life coach for moms!
Please, start by introducing yourself and the work you do :
I am a life enthusiast. I’ve lived in 5 different countries, mastered 2 languages (and one
un poquito!), and met more amazing people than I can count.
Because my own life has become a rich tapestry of interwoven experiences, I am passionate about helping people live big, beautiful, shooting-for-the-stars kind of lives too… right now. Becoming a fabulous mama made me an advocate for the working mom, and my coaching practice , MyLifeCouch is centered around helping working moms (re) discover their super powers and creating a more balanced life. On their own terms.
What brought you to the place you are working from now, essentially, what in your history inspired you to do what you do NOW?
Having my kids gave me a purpose bigger than I ever had prior to having them. It also made me acutely aware of the unique difficulties working moms may face in the corporate world, in terms of support and accommodation. It has been said before that we expect women to work like they don’t have children and raise children as if they don’t work, which in itself puts a lot of pressure on women.
I started lending my voice to the conversation as I didn’t want my daughter to have to face the same hurdles when her time will come and also, as the de facto role model for my kids, I wanted them to know that we should always try to make things better , even if we do not succeed. It’s about using our voice for a cause that matters – to us -.
How do you define INCLUSIVITY for yourself and your business?
Inclusivity for MyLifeCouch, my business is providing a platform where everyone is truly welcomed, valued and respected for all of who they are . And that they are heard and seen.
Inclusivity for me is acknowledging my biases and creating a place where we can have uncomfortable conversations aiming to challenge or educate our existing thoughts. It’s seeing the strengths and abilities of everyone I meet and making sure I treat people with respect and fairness.
This month we’re talking about inclusivity in action. What does that look like inside your business?
I am working towards a Pay-it-Forward Fund where my coaching clients can choose to pay a little extra so it can go towards coaching less privileged people. And I have been known for coaching for free when people need a little pick me up.
What do you want people to remember most about the work that you’re creating?
That self love and self care are two little seeds that can create BIG change within ourselves.
What’s the next thing for you? What are you working on?
Currently I am in the process of building community of working moms by sharing my mission, by supporting working mothers through my coaching.
Also I am partnering with corporate to spread the word to support working mothers at work.
Thank you so much Gladys! We love the mission you’re on to empower and include so many women that need your support!
Gladys Simen is a life coach for moms who are trying to balance their work and family life.
She is passionate about helping women live big, beautiful, shooting-for-the-stars kind of lives…right now. Not in 10 years. Not when the kids are grown. Not after that promotion finally comes around. Right. Now.
Gladys considers herself an advocate for the working mama! She loves sharing her own stories about her journey to balance home and work life, and loves supporting fellow working mothers on their journeys.
As thankful as I am to read about women rising higher in their career ladder, or how fast they’re opening their own business (by 68%) … it would be counter-productive to bypass the harsh reality that is growing alongside these stats.
Like the fact that burning out is now declared the “new pandemic” that not only leads to chronic disease…studies now reveal that it literally is killing our women.
And if it’s not costing them their physical and mental health, and their life…it often leads to another heart-breaking fact that women are closing down their businesses 4x faster than men.
They’re also off ramping from their careers by the millions every year – careers they invested money and years to grow in (according to the Dept. of Labor and Statistics).
I like to project forward, and when I do, I can’t help but ask questions like…
“what happens if we continue like this, and these stats continue to rise?”
“will we ever reach true equality, or will we burn out and pull ourselves out of the workforce completely?”
This evidently is not sustainable, and something needs to change.
In order to do things differently though, we have to take a long hard look at what’s not working first.
At face value, what we see is that women today are struggling to meet the new demands of day to day life.
There’s a unique set of challenges now like…zoom calls, generating income, raising a family, cooking, tutoring, sports, and the pressure has slowly but surely grown, leaving women feeling derailed, depleted, overwhelmed and even guilty or resentful that they can’t manage it all and have to give something up (hence the stat about them leaving their career by the millions each year).
There’s a demand forwomen in business to “do it all” with more worry and stress than ever before in evolutionary history.
What’s interesting with the women I work with though, is that they truly do want to “do it all and have it all”, and I personally believe that this is possible with tried-and-proven systems in place.
As women are rising, growing and exploring ways to grow a dream business, and live a healthy life, with their loved ones…it’s becoming clear, that there’s no template for this yet.
Women want to continue to create financial prosperity, but more from the heart, and without it costing them their health (as recent numbers show).
As a result, new paradigms and systems are being created as we speak, by everyone that has cracked this code – and usually it’s cracked by those of us that did burn to the ground and had to find our way back up (myself included).
We came back differently though – rising phoenix – style. ☺
I know this road all too well – it hurts.
I almost lost everything I worked so hard to create.
As a high achiever, I grew several multi-figure businesses, and although they all did great, I was suffering; I created an autoimmune disease; and my husband and I were planning on separating. My parenting wasn’t so great either in all honesty.
Yes, all looked great on paper, but the suffering and loss was real and it was beyond painful.
That forced me to take a long hard look, bring in my first coach, clean up decades of programming that no longer worked and begin to create ways to live my life differently.
Which gave birth to several programs that I began to share with my clients, who were all suffering in some way – whether it was their health, their families, their social life, and even putting a cap on their business growth and potential.
Within a few months, every single woman’s life began to improve as mine did (yes, my husband and I are still together after almost 30 yrs now, and I get to only work 2 days a week, while my businesses continue to grow every year, and I enjoy my family moments every single day).
And the way we get to actually stay included in the game of business is by realizing that we operate completely differently than men, and therefore need to lead our homes and businesses in a way that makes sense to us (this is very different than the male paradigm we’ve been following since the beginning of time).
A great start has been to begin to realize this truth, and next…to begin to explore how to lead teams both at home & work.
By restructuring your entire business and home model into a team model where there’s a joint effort made to “run the ship”. It does take a captain or 2 to lead the crew to their desired goal/destination (especially during the unexpected storms).
What starts to evolve is your teams (both at home & work) are inspired to succeed through your heart-centered and clear vision, structure, and guidance.
As this develops, you may just be pleasantly surprised by how quickly everyone goes on autopilot in your home and business, while you’re away at a retreat (replenishing and enjoying it guilt-free!).
And if you do this well…your home team and work team will eventually grow into leaders themselves, where they’ll get to lead bigger teams for you as you scale your business.
As for your loved ones…they’ll grow into leaders in their life and begin to expand on a personal level.
At that point, life goes from being stressful and limited, to way sweeter, liberating and enjoyable for everyone.
Now imagine what your life and business looks like then?
Imagine what our world would look like if we put systems in place and duplicate them where people are no longer dropping their dreams and businesses from pure exhaustion?
What if instead, they began utilizing these methodologies to thrive, succeed, prosper and even enjoy it all? And then model it to the upcoming generation?
I can foresee the possibility of inspiringour communities and rising youth, and showing them “how’ to truly succeed in today’s world.
And affirming that we truly can have it all.
It time for us to courageously paved the way forward now.
This will take many of us to begin implementing together in order to take effect and shift sooner (against all current odds).
Which is part of my mission – I know I experienced my massive breakdown with burn out and success so that I have the opportunity to find a way out of it. And not just for myself…for all of us to finally do it together.
And so I’m calling all women to rise with me, take a strong stand to not allow the current stats to dictate our success, and to overcome them and rise with me and alongside the thousands of women that have joined me and shifted their systems and overall paradigm for success.
Maria Gavriel is a Business & Life Strategist, TEDx Speaker, Award Winning Author, 2-time Entrepreneur, and empowering purpose-driven women to create fulfilling,
prosperous, passionate lives doing what they love…
She’s been featured on TEDx, FOX, CBS, NBC, NPR, Arianna Huffington’s Thrive, YahooNews!, Magazines, as well as Global Leadership Conferences and Women’s Summits sharing how to achieve your ultimate vision, and create massive success without it costing what matters most in life.
Maria enjoys helping women break down the barriers that have restricted their ability to create the conditions for their best and highest self to emerge, and experience the life they were meant for.
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Inclusion is not a one size fits all proposition and it cannot be something that is implemented once and then left behind. Active inclusivity is required to ensure everyone within our community feels they have a voice and are able to participate fully.
This isn’t always easy; it takes work and vigilance to make sure everyone feels comfortable and safe, but the benefits are clear. When inclusivity becomes the norm rather than an exception, our businesses and community benefit from the varied perspectives, skills, and insights of all members. With active inclusivity we can create an environment where everyone can reach their potential and contribute to making our community thrive.
Activated Inclusivity: Leading the way for women in business.
When we talked aboutinclusivity as one of our main core values, we included characteristics such as being fair, open, kind and relentless. We recognize that we, as women, sometimes fall short on some of these characteristics. We also recognize that we are fully capable of taking the more challenging path and leading the way when it comes to making inclusive spaces for all.
When we walk about inclusivity inside of LBI and the Backstage Pass, we endeavor to practice what we preach. This allows us to create opportunities for women to learn and thrive, because we know that women who succeed together can change the world.
When we join forces as women, accepting and encouraging through diversity and inclusivity, we empower us all to collaborate, elevate and inspire. That’s what Ladyboss International is all about: women helping women be their best.
In order to make this happen, we must lead the way through kindness, open communication, hard conversations, hope and (ACTUALLY!) fair practices. Whether it’s women of different age, race or culture, women who are LGBTQ+, women without children, women with children, women at various income levels or women with disabilities – we consider it our duty to ensure that all women can learn and grow through theLBI Backstage Passand the opportunities it creates.
If you were to pull back the curtain and peek inside the LBI Backstage Pass you’d see women from every walk and stage of life collaborating, encouraging and celebrating each other. And THAT is what we are all about!
When we asked the LBI Crew to share what inclusivity inside of LBI is to them, they had this to add:
“Inclusivity in the LBI for me, is being able to find a space for all of our Ladybosses in the BSP. There’s no guessing it! I can see in member list and feel it as we share and grow together.” – Martine, Community Womanager.
“Inclusivity in the LBI is the ability of recognizing and discovering everyone’s unique diverse talents within LBI and the Backstage Pass.” – Techie, Webmaster
“Inside everything we do at LBI and in the Backstage Pass, I see diverse women from all walks of life welcomed, added to the conversations, and invited into every facet of what we’re building. It’s an incredible, inspiring and empowering thing to witness AND be a part of!” – Jennifer, Blog Boss Editor
As the leaders and influencers we have the opportunity to not only do things “differently”, but also with intention, care and compassion. This is the legacy that we are creating with the LBI Backstage Pass and our commitment to inclusivity.
As women we will continue to lead the way with inclusivity inside of LBI and the Backstage Pass. We are all about creating a space for women around the world to learn, grow, thrive and accomplish BIG things in this world. We hope you’ll join us in this mission!
What is your definition of inclusivity? How does it impact the women in business you are connected to? How does inclusivity show up in your business? We’d love to here your insights in the comments below!
When most people think of the word ‘inclusivity,’ they likely think of diversity in the workplace. And while that’s an important aspect of inclusivity, it’s not the only one. Inclusive businesses are those that recognize and celebrate diversity in all forms, including age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, and religious beliefs.
It’s up to us, as women, as entrepreneurs, as ladybosses to create the inclusive environments we want to be a part of and leave behind us as a part of our legacy.
So how can women in business create an inclusive environment?
Here are 5 practical ways you can be more inclusive:
Create Opportunities for Different Voices:
When it comes to the services you provide, the places you have conversations, the platforms you go live on, etc… are you making space and providing opportunities for women from all walks of life to access and join the conversation?
I know it can be hard to get outside of our comfort zones sometimes, but women in business can create a more inclusive environment by being vulnerable and uncomfortable. Leading the way in inclusivity will require us, at times, to do things that stretch us and cause is to grow. So challenge yourself to look at the voices that are being shared in your business and push yourself to create more opportunities where needed.
Be Open to Collaborations:
As women in business, especially in the online space, collaboration is a huge key to growth and success. But are you collaborating with the same people over and over again? Are you making sure that you’re being inclusive in the opportunities you offer and in the opportunities you seek for yourself?
If women in business are feeling like they’re stuck or that there’s no way to collaborate outside of their own circle, it might be time to do a little digging. When women say ‘no’ to women, women lose out on opportunities for growth and success. So we need to encourage each other to look beyond the people they’re already connected with and open themselves to new possibilities, new avenues for growth, and new ways to include more women.
Make Your Content Accessible:
As we’ve been growing and developingLBI and the Backstage Pass, we’ve been learning about ways to be inclusive by making our content accessible and functional for everyone.
From clubhouse to images on our blog and social media, and everything in between we’re committed to making it easy to connect and join the conversations we’re engaged in.
Practically speaking this means:
Using clubhouse best practices for persons with vision or hearing impairments. We introduce ourselves when we “unmic”, and finish our thoughts with “I pass the mic” or “I am done speaking”, so it’s clear who is speaking and when someone new begins.
Including alt text on our images so that persons with visual impairment can understand the imagery we use and the context of it.
These are just a few examples of best practices that all everyone to be included in what we’re creating and sharing from a practical stand point.
Ask for Feedback:
A key piece of what we believe inclusivity to be, includes an openness and willingness to encourage and implement feedback in our community. By asking the women in our community for feedback on ways that we can do better when it comes to being actually inclusive, we are able to improve, grow and continue creating an open, welcoming, and inclusive environment!
When was the last time you asked for feedback on your business? Did you look for opportunities to foster more inclusive practices?
Use Every Platform Available to You:
Diversity in the platforms that you use to promote, share, and engage with your community will give you a much greater opportunity to include new voices, stories, and perspectives in the business and legacy that you’re building. Often you’ll find that while there is some cross over in platform audience, usually you’re speaking to unique audiences. Those unique audiences automatically create new opportunities for fostering inclusivity.
To be inclusive women in business need to actively seek out platform diversity. This may mean anything from using YouTube or Tiktok for video content, to attending women’s conferences or women in business events.
It also often means making the commitment to purposefully engage with women who are not like yourself, who have different experiences, and who you might not normally cross paths with.
Inclusivity is something we should all be actively practicing on a regular basis. Some people might say that inclusivity means treating everyone the same, but it goes beyond this and includes creating an environment of openness and equality where every voice has space to contribute without judgment or fear. As entrepreneurs and women in business, we have so much more to offer than just our products or services — we bring different perspectives and insights into life experiences which can enrich any business venture.
Now it’s your turn to weigh on on this conversation. What ways do you foster inclusivity within your own business?
As women in business it’s vital that we understand how important our mindset is for us to elevate ourselves and achieve success. It’s the inner voice that tells us whether we can or cannot do something. If we don’t have the right mindset, then growth and success will be out of reach.
In this article, we will discuss what mindset is and why it matters so much for achieving our goals. We’ll also look at how to cultivate a growth mindset in order to achieve more in life!
What is Mindset?
In order to understand how our mindset effects us, it’s important to cover the basics of what mindset is.
Mindset is the sum total of our thoughts and beliefs about ourselves and our abilities. It’s the filter through which we see the world and it dictates how we respond to challenges and setbacks. Our mindset determines whether we give up easily or persist in the face of difficulties.
Research has shown that that mindset is a better predictor of future success than IQ or talent. So, if you want to achieve more in life, it’s important to focus on your mindset.
The Importance of Mindset
Now that we know a little bit about what mindset is, let’s look at why it matters so much for our success.
One of the key things we need to recognize is that it your mindset – your thoughts, self talk, inner beliefs and view of yourself, can override ever other factor that could determine success. It is what drives you, what motivated you and what makes you get back up and try again after experiencing a failure. In short, mindset is the secret sauce to success.
No one succeeds on the first try, no matter how talented or knowledgeable they are. Those that don’t have the right mindset will inevitably give up before they reach their goal or elevate themselves to a point of success.
In order to achieve more in life, we need to focus on cultivating a growth mindset.
What is a growth mindset?
A growth mindset is a way of thinking that embraces challenge and sees setbacks as opportunities for growth. A growth mindset believes that intelligence and talent can be developed over time with effort and practice.
In contrast, those with a fixed mindset believe that their abilities are static and unchanging. They see failure as proof that they are not smart or talented and give up easily when faced with challenges.
The growth mindset is key for achieving success because it allows us to learn from our mistakes and persist in the face of difficulties. It enables us to embrace change and take on new challenges without fear of failure.
Women in business that have developed a growth mindset will work harder and smarter, get coaching when it’s needed, be unafraid to ask for help, and they are willing to do whatever they can to reach their goals. They elevate themselves and begin to see failure as an obstacle or a challenge, not a final verdict on whether or not they can achieve their goals and dreams.
Cultivating a growth mindset
In order to cultivate a growth mindset, we need to be willing to change the way that we think. This means challenging our negative self talk and inner beliefs about ourselves. It also means being open to new ideas and learning from those around us.
If you want to achieve more in life, it’s important to focus on your mindset. Developing a growth mindset is the key to success as a women in business.
And isn’t that what we’re here for after all?
The chance to grow, become stronger, to elevate others and to leave a legacy that impacts generations to come?
So there you have it – the importance of mindset and how to develop a growth mindset in order for you businesswomen out there achieve greater success! Remember, it’s not about innate talent or IQ, but rather our thoughts and beliefs about ourselves that determines how successful we will be. Focus on changing your thinking and embrace challenge and welcome growth.