Women in the Ardmore area are invited to come together next Wednesday to enjoy breakfast and networking. The event will be the third hosted by the local group Women Promoting Women. One of the group’s founding members, Kayla Tweedy, said their primary goal is to help women support and encourage one another.
“Our goal is to get women connected and to lift each other up,” Tweedy said. “We’re all about promoting one another.”
Tweedy, who works as a financial advisor, said the idea of starting some sort of group began after she and local attorney Alexa Stumpff began working together. Tweedy said they both have a passion for helping other women.
“We got together and were referring clients to each other,” Tweedy said. “We were promoting one another and working together in a really positive way. We thought how beautiful it could be if all the women in Ardmore were working with each other and lifting each other up.”
Last year the pair joined forces with other professional women in the area to form Women Promoting Women. Their fist event was a luncheon last October, and Tweedy said they were amazed at the response.
“We just wanted to see where this goes and how many people might be interested,” Tweedy said. “We ended up with 65 or 70 people and packed Ten Star out.”
In the time since their first event, the group has hosted one other meeting and has been active on social media. Tweedy said next week’s event will focus on allowing women to network and foster new connections. She added the event was inspired by speed dating — but with a focus on making new professional connections.
“Everyone will be placed at tables, and each table will have a lead to facilitate,” Tweedy said. “Then you’ll be shuffled around to different tables, so you’re going to be mixed with new people.”
To maximize the event’s productivity, Tweedy asks women who plan on attending to register beforehand. The registration form asks for some basic information such as business history, field of expertise and interests.
“That way we can mix everyone up at the tables,” Tweedy said. “We don’t want to put everyone in finance all at the same table. We want to mix everyone together so you can get ideas and some experience from people in totally different fields.”
Tweedy added the event is also open to women who do not work outside the home.
“We’re also trying to get some of the non-working women involved,” Tweedy said. “We tend to go professional with our events, but really it’s for all women. We have a lot of stay at home moms who are active.”
Tweedy said Women Promoting Women is currently planning more events for the future and she is extremely encouraged by all of the support they have received.
“We’ve had a lot of people in the community who’ve reached out and want to be involved, and I just think it’s amazing,” Tweedy said. “There are so many things going on, and so many women business owners with new things coming all the time.”
To find out more about Women Promoting Women visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/WPWArdmore/. Connect: A Speed Networking Event will be at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15 at Mercy Hospital in the lower level conference center. Those wanting to attend are asked to register at
www.fmiardmore.com/connect by Friday, May 10.