3 Simple Rules in Building Your Dream Network

A new year can mean the beginning of so many new things. If starting a business or new career is one of those things, one area you should be concentrating on, that often gets overlooked, is networking. Networking can be a key strategy in conquering your fears and gaining the necessary momentum to conquer your goals.

Meeting the right people is a learning curve to get you where you need to be faster. People who have already accomplished the goals you have for yourself can serve as a reliable resource and can give you the information that you need right away. It's on you to take action.

Attending events that speak to you and may attract the type of people you want to meet. Don't just go to an event, just to go and waste time. You'll feel unproductive and will lack motivation to attend another event. It's okay to pick events based on your personality type. If you're an introvert, meetups may prove more productive than a happy hour or cocktail reception. (Please note: #100BusinessGirls events are Introvert friendly).

Before you go sending mass emails and asking everyone to coffee or lunch. Do some research and see if the people you want to meet will be hosting or speaking at an event, if they have a book, or were featured in an interview. Sometimes the questions you want to ask them can be answered by researching any of those key things or just by following them on social media. While you may be an awesome person, don't approach people expecting them to "put you on". Put yourself on, by showing through your actions what you are all about and you will attract the type of people you want to meet, naturally.

Building your dream network won't happen overnight, there is no time limit. It's a constant process of adding, eliminating, and maintaining relationships. If you are looking for more tips and strategies you can read and download our networking playbook, 0 to 100: How to Grow Your Network the #100BusinessGirls Way.

Thanks for reading!

- Jamillah Y. Johnson

Upcoming Event: #PowerForward Women in Business Game Night 76ers v Grizzlies - March 21st (Philly)

Come out as we have an exciting event with the Philadelphia 76ers and hear from female executives that work in the sports industry! Tickets will include entry to the panel speaker Q&A session and VIP Club Box tickets to the Sixers vs. Grizzlies game.

Purchase tickets now and get a chance to get an awesome Sixers swag bag! There will be up to 2 winners! Click Here

Upcoming Event: #BusinessGirlMagic Brunch & Learn - *New Date* March 10th (NYC)

Let's kick off 2018 with some #BusinessGirlMagic!

Join us for brunch & conversations with Yasmin J. Mattox, Founder & CEO of Arkatecht, LLC

During brunch you will learn:

  • How to plan for family and career together and simultaneously rather than separately, and why doing so is key to succeeding both personally and professionally. 
  • How technology is being developed to make family and career (advancement) planning more efficient and effective to allow professional women the time and energy to be more present in their careers and with those they love. 
  • How to identify pressing social/societal problems that can be addressed with commercial technological innovations. 
  • + More Business & Lifestyle Topics

About Our Featured Guest Speaker 

Yasmin J. Mattox was born in Lower Manhattan and raised in Harlem. She attended Hunter Elementary and High Schools in New York City, and graduated from high school on Long Island. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Alfred University in 2007, and went on to earn a Master of Science degree in International Studies from St. John Fisher College in 2011.

She has worked in the legal, mental health, renewable energy, and higher education fields, with the common thread being her interest and expertise in interdisciplinary research as a foundation for informing problem solving for issues big and small. From 2012 until 2016, she owned a social science research and consulting firm, conducting psychosocial-oriented research and analysis for business and defense consulting firms located in the United States as well as abroad.

In the beginning of 2017, she founded Arkatecht, a technology company whose mission is to create digital tools that assist professional women with proactively, integratively, and simultaneously planning for family and career advancement to facilitate success and positive outcomes in both areas. She is married and has three young children.

You can learn more about Yasmin's company by visiting: www.arkatecht.com

Upcoming Event: The Art of Success Brunch with Amber Noble Garland - December 9th (Philly)

#100BusinessGirls proudly introduces the first installment of our new event series, Dreams & Gems! Let's get together and celebrate our 2017 accomplishments and kick off 2018 with strategies and actions to get YOU to the next level!

Enjoy brunch, networking, and conversations with like minds in an intimate and upscale environment. Our featured special guest speaker is an entrepreneur, entertainment industry veteran, business strategist, author, and real estate expert, Amber Noble Garland.


$49 Early Bird Price until October 31st. Now $55
(includes brunch, juices, coffee, iced/hot tea, taxes, gratuity, discussion + gift bag)

Location will be revealed upon RSVP.


About Amber Noble Garland 

Amber Noble Garland spent a decade as a marketing and promotions executive in the Radio Industry before being recruited to the global music powerhouse, Def Jam Records in 2001 where she worked with global music icons like Jay-Z, LL Cool J, The Roots, Patti LaBelle, Lionel Richie and The Isley Brothers. Since 1996, Amber has negotiated nearly $20 million in contracts for her clients in the areas of radio, television, digital platforms, book deals, speaking engagements and brand endorsements.

As a high-profile talent manager of 20 years, she’s played an integral part in the career development and expansion for prominent men and women. Amber has represented syndicated radio personalities, TV hosts, best-selling authors, an Emmy award-nominee, a Golden Globe award- winner, a Gracie award-winner and a world-class athlete. Over the course of two decades, a few of her notable talent management clients have included Egypt Sherrod, Idris Elba and Laila Ali.

She’s been a dynamic speaker for Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneur’s Summit and alongside Barbara Corcoran at INC. Magazine’s summit for female entrepreneurs, a moderator for the EPIC conference, and an instructor/facilitator of programs held at Kean University, Seton Hall University, Princeton University, National Urban League Conference.

You can learn more + connect with Amber here: 


We hope you can join us!


Please Note: EVENT & GIFT BAG SPONSORSHIPS are available, email us at info@100businessgirls.com for more information, please put "Sponsor Inquiry" in the subject line. Thank You!

Upcoming Event: Let's Do Brunch! Philly - September 24th

Join us at our upcoming signature brunch meetup!
An enlightening afternoon of conversations, inspiration, and growing your network.

[Event Recap] Navigating the Book Publishing Experience with Dawn Michelle Hardy

#100BusinessGirls had the pleasure of partnering with Dream Relations PR & Literary Consulting Agency to produce the Navigating the Book Publishing Experience with publicist and literary agent, Dawn Michelle Hardy. We hosted the event in Philadelphia and New York City and the turn out from aspiring and current authors was outstanding! Make sure your follow @dreamrelationspr on Instagram to stay updated on future events.

[event] #BusinessGirlsTrip - DC Weekend Getaway this November!

Hey There!

Want to join us in DC this November?

Grab your girls (or whoever has their coins ready) for our first ever #BusinessGirlsTrip!

The trip will take place Saturday, November 4th to Sunday, November 5th, 2017 and leave from Philadelphia, PA. 

Price per person: 
$229 based on 2 per room 
$219 based on 3 per room 
$209 based on 4 per room 

Payment Plan Schedule:
$50 deposit requested ASAP
2nd payment of $100 due September 15th 
Balance due by October 1

Please sign up through Eventbrite to receive more information to begin booking your trip!

For questions, please contact info@100businessgirls.com