5 Professional Groups Connecting And Supporting Women

Being a women in the workplace can be a challenge, whether you're trying to build a career in music or tech. Traditionally male-dominated spaces can be intimidating and even unsafe, and women of color face additional obstacles. That's why organizations like the ones listed here work to support professional women, give those who have found success a way to lift others up, and advocate for gender equality. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

Organizations That Support Women In Business

Name Mission
ColorComm Personally connect women with other like-minded individuals and build a strong network of leaders by creating mentors/mentees, business relationships, and friendships
Ellevate Network Give ambitious professional women the community they need to take the next step in their careers — whatever that means to each of them
CryptoChicks Grow the professional potential of women in blockchain and work to achieve gender balance in the blockchain space
Women in Music Advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition
Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global Educate, inspire, and nurture women business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide on how to go global so they can run healthier businesses and create a new future for themselves, their families, and their community

The Myths That Hold Women Back

Percentage Of Women In The Workforce

The percentage of men & women in the civilian labor force over time, according to the U.S. Department of Labor

Year Women Men
1950 29.6% 70.4%
1960 33.4% 66.6%
1970 38.1% 61.9%
1980 42.5% 57.5%
1990 45.2% 54.8%
2000 46.5% 53.5%
2010 46.7% 53.3%

Inspiring Quotes From Successful Women

  • "If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again!" - Sojourner Truth
  • "A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman." - Melinda Gates
  • "It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always." - Oprah Winfrey
  • "I believe that it is as much a right and duty for women to do something with their lives as for men and we are not going to be satisfied with such frivolous parts as you give us." - Louisa May Alcott
  • "One's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results." - Florence Nightingale

Crucial Lessons for Women in Business from a Wall Street CEO

In Depth

Starting a new business or advancing a career takes hard work and determination. Just as important is having the support and insight of peers and experts who can offer advice on how to navigate challenges and celebrate triumphs. For professional women seeking to connect with specialists in their industry, from music to marketing, and more, here, in no particular order, are five groups advocating for your success.

Starting off the list at #1 is ColorComm, the nation's leading women's platform addressing diversity and inclusion across the communications, marketing, advertising, and media industries. It is a national professional membership organization with chapters located in New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Miami, and London.

ColorComm produces several programs throughout the year, including an Executive Conference and its Next Generation Summit. It has been featured in such media outlets as Essence, Black Enterprise, and Forbes. Become a member and enjoy such benefits as professional development seminars, speaking opportunities, and access to high-level connectors.

ColorComm produces several programs throughout the year, including an Executive Conference and its Next Generation Summit.

In the #2 spot is Ellevate Network, a community of professional women committed to helping each other succeed in order to take the next step in their careers. Among the resources it offers members are free access to a library of articles, On Demand webinars, its Essentials guides, and its podcast, which features stories of successful women in business and their allies.

Ellevate Squads is a small, hand-picked group of driven professionals who pledge to support each other in reaching their goals. Each week, program participants video conference with like-minded women to gain the assistance and insight needed for climbing the career ladder. The Mobilize Women Summit focuses on diverse perspectives and covers such topics as changing the culture of business, innovating the future, and the power of empathy.

Entering the #3 position is CryptoChicks, an international self-financed non-profit organization with hackathon events and chapters in Canada, the United States, Bahamas, Pakistan, Switzerland, and Dubai. It has educated thousands of women and youth all over the world in blockchain technology and the Artificial Intelligence space.

It has educated thousands of women and youth all over the world in blockchain technology and the Artificial Intelligence space.

Its mentorship program, CryptoChicks Hatchery, helps women turn hackathon ideas into viable businesses. Projects receive full support, including access to successful educators, business leaders, and entrepreneurs. You can aid the mission by purchasing items from its boutique or the CryptoWhales Board Game.

Coming in at #4 is Women in Music, the industry's leading non-profit working to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, empowerment, and recognition. Its WIMentorship Program pairs those looking to propel their career with female mentors willing to share their experiences, insights, and time through facilitated one-on-one interaction.

The Women in Music 50-50 Initiative centers around matching industry conferences with women to fill panelist and keynote spots. It also creates speaking opportunities through panels, seminars, and ongoing interviews that highlight intentional diversity and inclusion. You can donate to the organization by participating in the AmazonSmile program.

The Women in Music 50-50 Initiative centers around matching industry conferences with women to fill panelist and keynote spots.

Wrapping up the list at #5 is Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global, which educates, inspires, and nurtures female business owners on how to expand worldwide so they can run healthier enterprises to create a new future for themselves, their families, and communities. Wegginars offer quick and easy knowledge on a variety of topics such as international trade, growth, and branding.

Wegg Workshops focus on students, small business owners, and entrepreneurs who aspire to go global, offering an opportunity to meet in person to stimulate discussion around ongoing challenges. The goal of each workshop is to unlock export potential in each person's company. Female CEOs can apply to the VIP Program in order to access vetted specialists in specific functional areas of running a corporation to help accelerate growth across the globe.