Many women ask me what networking groups I have tried, and which ones have ‘worked’ for me, and why. This is a very difficult question to answer, especially considering we all have different personalities, markets, goals, and so on. But what I can say, is that you only get out what you put into something.

When I initially joined the WBN, the AGM was the very first formal WBN event that I attended. Without sounding overdramatic, I have to say it changed my life! As it turned out, it was the 30th Anniversary celebration of the WBN Ottawa. I was so fortunate to be in attendance to hear some of the most amazing women in Ottawa, including founding members, past BYA recipients, and past Presidents, share their stories. Talk about inspiring! Not only was I inspired, but I knew then and there that the WBN was the right place for me.

Since then, I have forged some amazing friendships, experienced things I would never experience otherwise, have grown personally and professionally, and have learned so much about our amazing city, and how fortunate we are to have such stellar women leaders in our community!

In keeping with the WBN’s Theme-of-the-Month, Inspired Growth, I will close by saying, ‘Inspiring Minds Want to Grow’!

Christina Nesrallah