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Getting Together

There's no better way to share opportunities than with a networking group.

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This story appears in the November 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Networking groups for entrepreneurial women have been around fordecades now, but each year, new groups form to fill unmet needs.Take Wild Women of Wonder (WiWoWo), for example. What started as aninformal weekend brunch in Silicon Valley, co-founded in April 2001by author and entrepreneur Sally Richards, 36, quickly explodedinto one of the hottest gatherings for women in tech and multimedia(plus a few honorary male participants). There's a waiting listto attend Richards' invitation-only group, where vibrant,offbeat roundtable discussions are launched by passing a"talking stick" around the room (whoever has the stickhas the floor).

Or RG2, a more intimate group of women entrepreneurs who shareleads, opportunities and advice. "We all are in noncompetitivebusinesses," explains founding member Molly D. Shepard, 55,also founder of a leadership development consulting firm, TheLeader's Edge, in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Shepard'sreason for helping start RG2 (the name stands for Radnor GirlsGroup, after the Radnor Hotel, where the first meeting was held inNovember 2001)? "Men have been sharing leads and opportunitiesfor years. [Women] need to be more supportive of one another."Although other women's business groups were operating in thePhiladelphia area, Shepard says none of them focused onentrepreneurs or shared leads and advice.

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