Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Val Gals Networking Dinner. This is a monthly event for women that meets in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles (hence the "Val Gals"). The dinners are held at restaurants and organized by Katy Tafoya, whom I met at Kimberly Wilson's book-signing on Friday. Anyone (female) is welcome to attend, Valley resident or not, entrepreneur or not.
This was the first networking-type event I've attended and it was quite enjoyable, even though socializing with strangers is not always my favorite thing to do! I handed out a stack of business cards, met website/graphic designer and a massage therapist (two professionals I've been thinking about searching for), and gave a business card for my day-job company to a psychology major looking for a job. I brought a friend with me who is currently a stay-at-home mom, and she met a woman who owns a nanny agency. Another woman at the table found a potential job lead for her husband. Everyone was very sweet and open and the conversation was flowing.
If you are a female entrepreneur, I highly suggest you check out events like this in your area. And if you're in L.A. and would like to come to the July event, let me know and I can pass on the information!