You might remember that this time last year I was quite excited about having been nominated for a York Women Mean Business award. As it turned out, I wasn’t the final winner but I had an amazing night celebrating with other inspirational ladies from York.
In the intervening 12 months, I’ve stayed a part of the York Women Mean Business Facebook group. It’s a great group, with women coming together to support and inspire each other. And now, that group is taking the next step and organising an Expo!
I’m going to be there with my twin hats on; first as the author of the Alfie Slider series, and secondly to promote my business, bid & blog writing as Your Enthusiast. If you’re in York, come along! There are going to be all sorts of wonderful businesses there, and a chance to do some Christmas shopping too.
The Expo made the news, with this great article in the York Press. The group was thrilled! Such positive coverage of our joint venture was just what we needed. And then people started commenting…
And all those same, frustrating, ill-informed arguments about women-only events popped up. The temptation to take up the position of keyboard warrior was strong, but I overcame. The temptation to write a long blog post deconstructing the arguments was stronger, but I’m not going to do that either.
What I will say is this:
During a YWMB networking meeting, I have never been talked over, dismissed, flirted with, objectified or felt in any way threatened. I have happily got a little squiffy, then left my glass on the table to go and dance without worrying someone would put something in my drink.
I have felt listened to, supported, and understood. I have received information and advice, free of charge, from other business owners. I’ve given the same. I’ve shared successes and failures, sympathised when things went badly, held my breath when decisions were pending and been thrilled when things went right.
I love being a part of the York Women Mean Business group, even if the busy part of my business means I don’t get to play as active a part as I’d like. I’m really looking forward to being part of the expo and meeting the men, women, and children who will be coming through the door.
And to anyone who wonders when the first York Men Mean Business Expo will be? Well, find yourself a male equivalent of the incredible Tracy Burleigh, and you might just get what you wish for!