Emerald Roundtables are a peer to peer facilitated program which consists of a small group of like-minded business women (either from an Entrepreneurial or a Corporate environment) who will exchange knowledge, experience and support. It will fast track business knowledge through the shared experiences of the group. Individuals work with peers on their business during a monthly session. The sessions will be facilitated by experienced female leaders and will be designed to get participants working on their business not in it. It will be a strategic problem solving time; space to make decisions, find solutions and work on challenges.
Emerald Roundtables are a private, confidential network.
Building on our experience and success with our Mentoring program, we will have a volunteer subcommittee evaluate expressions of interest and choose participants based on objectives, experience, business needs and other criteria. Members will be placed in groups and will meet monthly. Sessions will be rotated between members businesses so you will have a turn at hosting the group - in house or off site, it's up to you but it needs to be appropriate for the meeting. The program carries a participation and facilitation fee which will be payable on acceptance into the program. Please note that selection preference is likely to favour applicants who have an existing track record of involvement with the Chamber.
Emerald Roundtables will have access to experts and industry mentors and its alumni will become part of a powerful community that can open up new opportunities.
Here are 4 reasons women should apply to be part of an Emerald Roundtable.
1. Connect with a Support System
Female entrepreneurs are more likely to possess certain characteristics compared to their male counterparts. For example, studies show that female entrepreneurs are less likely to ask for funding until they believe they are ready for it. This leads to only 19% of women achieving angel funding. If you are a part of a women-only peer mentorship group, it is likely that many of the other women in the group are going through similar challenges as you. This will help women to realize they are not alone and guide them to avoid common mistakes women make in business.
2. Increase Networks
A peer mentorship group is a great way to meet new business contacts, friends and even future business partners. The Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce will handpick group members so women will be surrounded with entrepreneurs who are at a similar business stage and have skills that complement theirs. There is no better way to learn about people than by seeing them often and observing how they interact with other people in a group setting.
3. Problem-solve from different perspectives
Albert Einstein said: “We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” He made a great point. Peer mentoring uses a unique style of problem solving that helps you see things differently. In a typical peer group mentorship session, one member will announce a challenge and each of the other group members will determine 3 potential solutions. So if there are 10 people in your group, you will have 30 potential solutions from 10 different perspectives. It is very likely that at least one of these suggestions can solve your problem.
4. Hold Yourself Accountable
The best way to complete a goal is to tell everyone about it. The more people the better. That’s where group mentoring comes in handy. In a typical meeting each member will give a progress report about accomplishments, successes, failures, and what didn’t get done. It’s likely you will be more motivated to complete your goals if you have a group of 8-10 women depending on you to keep the group’s momentum running smoothly. It is also a great way to see how much you are accomplishing from one session to the next so you have the motivation to keep striving for more.
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