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About Our Meetings

Our business network lunch meetings start at 12pm. Our visitors have the opportunity to meet other professional business women during a time of informal networking. At 12.30pm the formal section of the meeting starts and continues throughout lunch.

  • Introduction – Each meeting will be looked after by a chair person who will introduce the groups committee and ensure that the meeting flows and keeps to time so that we can respect your business schedule.
  • Monthly Minute – Every member and visitor is invited to present themselves and their business for 1 minute.
  • Networking Strategy Training – A five minute networking strategy designed to enhance your networking skills and focus your networking activity for the next month.
  • Business Support Training – This is a ten minute presentation given by an expert in an area that will help women with their business growth.
  • Let’s Talk Business – This is quite possibly the most invaluable component of an Athena meeting; an opportunity for all the guests to talk to the group about any business referrals they might have for one another. It is an opportunity for members to share any new business success stories or give recommendations.
  • Closing – although the meeting officially finishes at 2pm, there will be an opportunity to carry on networking, which many members choose to do. Alternatively, we finish early enough for you to schedule another meeting in the afternoon.

Remember to bring a minimum of 30 business cards and promotional material to the meeting with you.

How To Become A Member

To ensure that there is no conflict of interest each business networking lunch group allows only one person per profession to join.

Membership is open to women business owners. Women who are employees and in roles where they are decision makers responsible for generating new business and clients are also welcome.

You are welcome to attend up to 1 meeting of The Athena Network as a visitor; in any 1 of the groups in our network.. This enables you to see how our meetings operate and if our model is right for you, and for your business before you make the decision to join. To avoid disappointment we recommend that you make a decision after the meeting as we cannot guarantee that the position will be available thereafter. We do have ladies join in-between meetings and after consultation with the Regional Director.

Membership is by application only and business references will be requested for each applicant. This will be done by the committee of the group the individual is applying to join.

Please contact us on 0208 144 7982 to speak to someone about visiting The Athena Network near you.

How Our Groups Work

Each group has a committee consisting of a Chairperson, an Events Co-Ordinator and a Membership Secretary. The committee is responsible for making sure that all aspects of the meeting run smoothly. Together the team ensures that:

  • Visitors and members are welcomed into the group
  • Visitors are introduced to useful contacts
  • All questions are managed either at the meeting or responded to immediately after the meeting
  • The venue and it’s facilities are suitable for the meetings
  • All guests payments are managed

Serving on the committee gives each woman a great opportunity to raise their profile within the group and to contribute to the success of The Athena Network as well as their own business.

Your Investment In The Athena Network

For more information about the investment you would be making in The Athena Network please read the information about investment

Why Join The Athena Network?

In addition to providing a networking community the Founder Jacqueline Rogers is committed to supporting women business owners and women business professionals to develop their business and personal skills. She recognised that networking without the knowledge of how to grow a business was prohibitive to the success of many women.

The Regional Directors, committee and members within the group ensure The Athena Network aims are met.

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What Athena Members Say …

Nicky Fitzmaurice

"Athena Networking has been the making of me! I have made more friends and learnt more about business tools and networking strategy in the last year than I ever thought possible. Athena’s focus on training members to be the best that they can be, whilst in a supportive and nurturing environment, gave me the confidence to learn and grow which in turn allowed my business to do the same. It is this, that is the heart of Athena. No hard sell amongst the members, we encourage one another to help where we can. I always come away from a meeting inspired and bubbling with ideas on how to grow my business. It’s a fabulous way to live, learn and grow. Nicky Fitzmaurice www.satinpaperbacks.com

Selena Ludick

“The Athena network can be distinguished from any other networking group I attend. Its structure and form mean that members who attend are committed and dedicated to proactive networking which on turn achieves tangible results.  This benefits me and my firm,  in just a two  hour monthly meeting I have the opportunity to talk to other business women about me, my business and what I need and how I can be helped.  The environment for delivering this is focused and professional. As a result referrals are made and recommendations given which, for me achieves increased clients and in turn builds greater contacts.  As a busy business women Athena also provides a forum to connect with other business women on a social / friendship basis so “all work and no play does not make this Jill a dull girl” Athena motivates me, strengthens my vision, equips and endorses me but most of all provides the fuel every business women needs to keep raising her game and stepping up to the mark.”

Rosie Mortimer

Working mostly on my own, I really appreciate the positive camaraderie of the Athena women. Whatever need or concern one has, there is always someone able, and enthusiastically willing, to help with good advice. I find the interaction tremendously stimulating and enjoyable - and highly instructive. A wonderful group to see regularly, with excellent opportunities to meet other interesting and skilled women at training days. Thank you Athena!

 

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