Want to get better connected to like-minded people who work in your industry? Then consider joining a professional networking group, where you’ll be exposed to hundreds, if not thousands of potential contacts; learn from industry leaders; and practice your social savvy with birds of a well-heeled feather. Here are five groups in Boston geared specifically toward women, with focuses that range from media and film to engineering and science. The best part? They’re all accepting new members.
Wonder Women of Boston
Thematically speaking, Wonder Women doesn’t focus its mission on one particular industry—its doors are open to all creative (and ambitious) women who want to connect with their community. Membership is $40 a year and includes discounts on a variety of workshops and other perks. Ticketed events, a chance to see if the group is right for you, are also open to non-members.
Boston Women in Media & Entertainment
Founded by longtime Boston radio personality Candy O’Terry and PR veteran Dayla Arabella Santurri, Boston Women in Media & Entertainment welcomes women from all walks of media, including broadcast and print journalism, public speaking, and performance art. The non-profit offers a half dozen networking events a year, plus opportunities to learn from the greats at the Story Behind Her Success series, as well as a complimentary membership to the Boston Arts Council (a bargain, if you ask us, at $75 a year).
Women’s National Book Association
The Women’s National Book Association, or WNBA for short, is a group for book lovers, with members who range from authors and those aspiring to be, to librarians, literary publicists, and those who just enjoy a good read and staying atop publishing news. Perks that come with the annual $45 membership fee include a members’ only reading group, author and agent talks, and an annual holiday tea at the Fairmont Copley.
Women in Technology International
Tech-savvy women, unite: with WITI, you literally have the entire world behind you. Though its membership is pricy at $250 a year, the long-run payoffs are huge, including monthly webinars (and access to previously recorded webinars), mentorship, invitations to members’ only events, as well as access to its plum global network.
Women in Film & Video: New England
Lights, camera, handshake. For $50 a year, you can join Women in Film & Video: New England, a division of Women in Film & Television International, and gain access to a broad spectrum of women employed by or involved within the film and video industries, as well as monthly networking nights, screening opportunities, and other benefits that come with being a part of the new media group.