Who needs a night out?
I have a secret confession- last winter I got busted for whining. Who among us hasn’t been caught in a whine sometime in the last year? Let’s face it, it has been a challenging year for all of us. At the time I was whining about a lack of events for women in finance to network. Many of us whine to our family and friends about the lack of this or that. Unfortunately, I complained to the wrong person. He simply told me if I wanted this event then I should create it. CRUD. BUSTED. UT OH were many of the next thoughts that raced through my mind that are fit for public consumption. What would you do if that was the response you received when you complained about something? And now that I have challenged you, what will you do?
I could have made up a million excuses to duck out of planning the event. “There’s not enough people”, “It takes too much time”, “It’s just too hard”, “I don’t have a big enough network”……. The list goes on and on. I bet you are about ready to ask me if I want some cheese with that whine, right?
Am I the only one that gets wrapped up in my own head and scared to try new things? Trapped by the fear of what might happen, good or bad. It can be so easy to opt for the status quo instead of doing something. I am there far too frequently. This time I decided to take that chance. In spite of my own fears of failing and not being able to build this event, I went ahead anyway. Has it been easy? Of course not. Has it been worth it- no question about it! Because at the end of the day, the event isn’t about me- it’s about the women that attend, network, and learn something new. Finance Ladies Night out is all about building a community, brick by brick. Understanding the power of networking, sharing, and participating in a journey. It’s about the generous sponsors that also believe in the diversity we need in the business community, without just trying to use our attendees as a number in a sales pipeline. It's about all the helping hands along the way that have made sure this is successful. Just like on BeBee, how we all help each other- whether it is commenting on articles, inspiring others to write, or simply encouraging writers to keep writing by marking things as relevant. I'm trying to do the same in the offline world.
This fall I shared with the group in Minneapolis the plan for next year. My group in Minneapolis are the first brave souls to give this idea a chance- a fantastic little community that has inspired me to keep building this because I am on to something that has been missing. We’ve been quietly working away at the plan, taking one little step of faith at a time. But I realized