Mobile Apps for Women and Networking Event
Event date: July 13 2011
Posted by: Amelie Walker-Yung

Are you a busy professional woman with a mobile device? "Yes!" was the answer of Webgrrls attending the most recent Networking Meeting in NYC. The Tech Trend Discussion that started off the evening covered many mobile apps women use to stay up to date and boost productivity. Women and men tend to use apps in different ways, so we talked about what works best for us and fits into our busy lifestyles.

"I think the sharing and generosity were the most amazing aspects of the night"
Dawn Caswell
Web Developer

"Webgrrls is such a welcoming group that I instantly felt at home and that I...belonged.  I learned a lot, networked a lot, and enjoyed myself throughout.  This group is for every level and I will join it today!"
Lydia Burdick
Recruiter/author/social media consultant
Stone Management, www.twolapbooks.com   

Chapter Leader Nelly Yusupova gave an overview of mobile applications and highlighted several of them. Nelly had a great list of useful apps for both iPhone and Android phones, and members were encouraged to submit their own recommended apps before and during the event. Some of the main apps discussed were:

More and more useful apps were suggested, filling the board with a wealth of applications everyone was eager to try out (see below for a photo of all of the apps that were mentioned).

"I loved meeting so many diverse, wonderful, smart women in one night!"
Miral Sattar
Founder & Publisher of BiblioCrunch.com

After discussion of the tech trend topic was finished, we moved on to introductions, the heart and soul of Webgrrls Networking Meetings. 30 seconds--aka the Webgrrls New York "minute"--was just enough for everyone in the room to introduce themselves, tell us who they are and what they do, plus tell us what they might need and something they can offer.

Why the introductions? It really helps attendees identify who in the room they should connect with during the informal networking that follows. We had someone going to London needing information and a recent London ex-pat happy to give it. One Webgrrl had event space to offer in return for app testing. Some needed help with social media marketing, others had just that expertise. We even had Hebrew, French, Italian, and German speakers willing to offer their services.

"This is a lively exchange of fresh ideas in an informal setting that makes networking easy and fun."
Celeste Ford
Owner, First Person Video

Congratulations to the winners of the night's drawings, which took place after the intros and needs/gives! Stephanie Levine, a health coach, and Cora Creed of Beacon Creative Group won copies of Likeable Social Media (thank you Ann Pryor of Mcgraw Hill!). The lucky winners of passes to the "Go for Growth" Women's Leadership Exchange Conference were Ulrike Lechert-Lombardi, a web project manager; Jess Mackta of Two Twelve, Associates; Lisabeth Greene, manager of graduate student services at NYU.

Informal networking followed the introductions and giveaways, and we carried on until we were kicked out! The room was abuzz with Webgrrls exchanging business cards and connecting more personally.

Webgrrls NYC will not have an August meeting, but we look forward to seeing you at the next event During Social Media week on September 21!  Vote for your Favorite Tech Trend Discussion Topic!