When it comes to entrepreneurial success, effective business networking may play a vital role in building bridges between individuals within the same sphere of interest in order for them to share experience, promote products and services, and empower and motivate existing and aspiring business-owners. Nadia Soufi is the founder of Paris for Her, an international women’s networking group with an innovative approach and dedicated to dynamic business women, aspiring entrepreneurs, start-up founders, project initiators, freelancers, expats and motivated female students from around the world. The network, which was founded over a year ago, counts 1,300+ members representing over 90 nationalities and has hosted more than 90 events. Although a relatively young venture, Paris for Her seems to have already made an impression being named the “Best Women’s Network in Paris” in 2016 by the Expatriates Magazine.
Nadia began her career in Germany where she started a translation and interpretation agency in 2005. Following the success of her first company, in 2011 Nadia moved to Paris with the intention to set up a second language services business. New to Paris, Nadia explored various social and professional networking groups in the city. Finding the social environment in Paris somewhat niche and male-dominated, she came up with the idea to create a community for women to bond with one another, to learn from each other, to find inspiration, to grow existing businesses and develop new ones. Paris for Her aims to offer a chance for business women from Paris or visiting Paris to meet and connect with like-minded women in an ambiance combining work and leisure. Although open to everyone, this concept may particularly benefit entrepreneurs who aim to gain visibility and promote their products and services to the community.
Paris for Her organises regular events meant to motivate and help women develop practical skills to better navigate the business world, to share entrepreneurial motivation and to build a sense of community among the members, which may result in productive synergies. The events are organised around personal and professional development, with examples including sessions on healthy habits, accounting courses, advice on legal matters, marketing, branding, switching from employee status to entrepreneur, time management, career switch, life change, tours and wine tasting, training sessions with sports coaches, shopping, gastronomy, cultural activities. Nadia aims to add a touch of finesse and sophistication to her events offering the attendees, especially those visiting France for the first time, an authentic French experience. Paris for Her also caters to post graduates, such as the students of the American University in Paris, by mentoring and preparing them for life after university, whether embarking upon entrepreneurship or a more traditional career.
Women wishing to join the network may do so for free or opt for a premium membership, which offers the chance to create events and invite other members, therefore an opportunity to build a stronger business network. Paris for Her helps premium members find appropriate locations and advertises their events via social media. This may be a useful tool for mentors, coaches, lawyers, and foreign entrepreneurs moving to France and seeking to build a business and social network. To facilitate communication, the company is developing an app, which aims to be released by March 2017.
Looking towards the future, Nadia plans to expand the concept of Paris for Her to other international cities, starting with London, under the brand name “A City for Her”, in order to offer a chance for working, visionary women from around the globe to connect and share experiences and advice when they cross paths. Nadia is seeking to recruit creative, open-minded and friendly ambassadors to help her bring the network to London. The first event in London took place in November and there are plans for a second event on January 24th, 2017 (location TBD), starting with a networking breakfast and continuing with different workshops throughout the day.
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