Networking Extravaganza

The last three weeks have been a whirlwind of events. First the City of Boston kicked off HUBweek — a genius meeting of the minds brewed up by sponsors like The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT, and MassGeneral.

The week was eloquently described as “an invitation to wander, to ask why and why not, to be a part of something bigger, and to celebrate the world-changing work, art and thinking being imagined and built in Greater Boston.” And trust me, it delivered.

For going on year 13 as a Boston resident, I was amazed at how little I knew about what was going on in the city around me. I event-hopped in complete awe of the myriad of work, skill, and innovation I witnessed. It was truly inspiring.

Then following that week was WeBosWeek hosted by Women Entrepreneurs Boston — an initiative by Mayor Walsh that advances Boston’s women entrepreneurs by providing the skills, technical assistance and network they need to launch and grow their business.

I actually found out about #WeBosWeek while attending the HUBweek panel discussion on Gender Wage Gap hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School. Panelists Megan Costello — who was instrumental in running Mayor Walsh’s campaign — handed me a flyer about the week of events and encouraged me to attend.

And it was incredible. I met so many amazing and inspiring women. Handed out about two dozen business cards and racked up a whopping 18 in total from others who I networked with. I tweeted and took notes, shook hands and sent follow-up emails, and made sure to attend at least two events a day.

I have to say, it was a rare moment where I was proud to call myself a Bostonian. Proud to see the efforts being made to bring so many different demographics of people, industries, expertise, experiences, and networks together. Proud to see the efforts being made to not only produce events in the more affluent parts of the city, but also being introduced and brought into different communities. Proud to see the efforts being made to highlight the strengths, accomplishments, and communities of powerful women.

And not only were opportunities highlighted and accomplishments celebrated, difficult conversations took place. Panelists challenged each other. Passions were ignited. I truly hope that both of these weeks become institutions in the city. I certainly would love to not only be a participant again, but also have a hand in playing a part in the planning process! Can you imagine how incredible it must be to work on?!

Did you attend any HUBweek or WeBosWeek events? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment or share your favorites @lirladyinred

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