[Editor’s Note: This piece was written by the CTL’s Laurie Hansen. The Innovations Lab supports the advancement of women in technical and business fields. We have not tried or endorsed any of the paid services offered by Webgrrls International. This post is informational only.]
Webgrrls International is an organization and website where women can network online as well as offline. It provides resources, networking information and support for women in business with technology, progress and a positive mission in mind.
Webgrrls’ mission is to help women succeed in an increasingly technical workplace and world through networking, exchanging job and business leads, and teaching new skills. They boast that they are “…one of the new breed of mission-led incorporated organizations because we believe business can, and should, be a positive force in society.” The site also includes a blog and information on topics such as education, business and technology. They even have a “How-to” section where Nelly Yusupova and others share technology tips. Like many organizations, Webgrrls includes free information for non-members as well as information and services for members as part of a paid membership. Paid member services include posting resumes and searching jobs as well as participating in discussions and networking sessions. Non-members can explore the site and subscribe to the newsletter.
Webgrrls has local chapters in 28 US states as well as 11 countries abroad. Chapters host informative face-to-face workshops and events for members. Here is what one member had to say about a workshop: “”The event surpassed my expectations. I learned a lot during the hot seat part of the meeting. I also received great ideas and feedback during my 1.5 minutes introduction.”
You may also opt to become a Webgrrls Chapter leader. Technical experience is not required although I am sure it wouldn’t hurt.
Webgrrls says that a Chapter Leader is a:
- Conduit of information between Webgrrls HQ and the local membership.
- Point of contact between the chapter and the local business community and
- Point person to the press for local chapter.
You go grrl!