Feb 21, 2018

Celebrating the 1-Year Anniversary of Polka Dot Powerhouse - Austin

As we quickly approach the Polka Dot Powerhouse - 1 Year Anniversary Party to celebrate our first year as a chapter in Austin (and currently the only chapter in Texas), I was inspired by a Facebook post from fellow Managing Director Elaine Turso, who shared many sentiments about this incredible group of women! I'm paraphrasing much of a post she shared last month, but she said it so nicely, I didn't want to change it up too much! ;)
Do you know what question I hear the most when I see many of my Facebook friends in real life? "What is this Polka Dot Powerhouse thing you're doing?"

Here's the best way I can describe it: I have the privilege of meeting up with unique, smart and driven women (mostly business owners of some sort) several times a month in-person and online (or over the phone).

I have the opportunity to connect with them one-on-one because that is where the real magic happens. Getting to know women and their families, along with their background and their business/profession is so amazing. Then I try to collaborate with them or connect them with other women (and men) in the community or in my personal network who could help them grow or utilize their business/service. As the Managing Director, I just provide the space and facilitate the meetups each month!

Are we a networking group? Kind of but not really. We are a CONNECTION company.

"Networking" can sometimes be a scary word for people - and, based on their experiences, can sometimes come with a negative connotation. This group of women has shown me the importance of connection before business.

People aren't interested in what you do until you are interested in them as a person. Polka Dot Powerhouse has shown me what it means to connect with other women without anything in return.  As a result, we all receive! We all want to help or support each other, refer and do business with those we trust and have built relationships and friendships with, and ultimately, find a tribe that empowers us.

These women, not only in Austin but also all over the country, have helped me become a better friend, businesswoman, connector, and human because of the relationships we've formed. We are a sisterhood. A tribe. We celebrate together. We support each other through the good times and the bad. We hang out and have fun together. We help each other learn, grow, be accountable and do our best.

Do you need more support in your life?

We are looking to grow this organization of warm, welcoming, positive, no-drama women throughout Austin and the nation. We are looking for other women to help facilitate a meeting place in other cities in Texas (and across the country). Who do you know? Maybe this is you?

What other questions do you have? I'm an open book! Please feel free to ask me in the comments below.

And friends, Dots, guests, anyone interested in meeting these fabulous women, please RSVP to come and celebrate with us on March 7!

Hope to connect with you soon!

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