Women are wired for networking
When 40 professional women who are strangers to each other meet on a Dhow boat – what happens? Trine Nielsen, Co-Founder of Qatar’s new network for professional women, LinkMotility, is quick to answer that question: “They start talking, exchange contacts and share experiences. Theydo exactly what women are wired for: they communicate. The silence in a room full of strangers never lasts long. The conversations begin almost immediately and before you know it, new relations are established. Before you know it, business cards and notes with phone numbers are filling the air like confetti.”
That’s exactly what will happen on Saturday, January 14 2017 from 1pm to 6pm when these professional women spend time together on a traditional Dhow boat and cruise the Qatari waters.
Missing opportunities for professional women
Trine Nielsen is an accomplished Professional Networker, Branding Expert, and a “Been There, Done That” entrepreneur. When living in her home country, Denmark, she was running two businesses full-time. A branding bureau, Boosting Business and a professional network, WiB Women in Business. So, when she arrived in Qatar three years ago, it was only natural that she wanted to do something similar, so, she immediately started looking for professional networking events. And, she started wondering about the missing opportunities for her to boost her professional identity and meet other career-oriented women. “I attended a few networking events and conferences, but it never gave me full satisfaction. I observed single participants (introverts) hiding in the corners, and friends or colleagues standing in larger groups, which prevented them from meeting new people. Every time it makes her wonder – why is there no one who is in control of this? And, why didn’t I get the help and the time I need for networking?”
It didn’t take long time for Trine Nielsen to take action. An idea was planted and a new networking concept started growing. It took almost a year to set up the full concept in partnership with Nima Hassan Ali, Corporate Lawyer. In December, 2016 LinkMotility was launched in Malaysia and Qatar.
More than 220,000 highly educated expat women
With more than 85 percent expats living in Qatar, there’s a huge pool of professionals looking for opportunities to meet and connect with local and foreign professionals.
More than 220,000 are highly educated professional women, some are working abroad on their own, or followed their husband abroad leaving their own professional identity behind. In Qatar,the median time for residence for expats is three years. So, in this entry/exit society, women are struggling to connect and relate on a professional level. It makes it difficult to maintain a career or get back in business after being out of the loop for a while.
How will the professional women be able to use LinkMotility for this purpose?
Trine Nielsen has the answer to that: “Women connect on multiple levels. They basically don’t need anything else but a place, a time and a topic. We do the setup and invite. The members do the rest. What makes LinkMotility a unique setting for networking is the fact that it maintains the networking for all events. We have “Connectors” on location to spot the introverted members and make sure to introduce them to other participants. We encourage our members to bring friends, but we make sure they split up and meet other members as well. The topics for all events are business related. The focus is on empowering women in business and career, so though the weight-loss and beauty topic is interesting, but will not be found on our agenda.”
No fees for membership, what is the catch?
LinkMotility is a no-fee membership network, and basically members only pay for hospitality; some events are even 100% free. So, the question is how is it possible to run a business with no income? Trine Nielsen replies: “Well it is, because LinkMotility is not a business, it’s a networking concept. LinkMotility is a product founded and sponsored by our business,LinkFacility Inc., based in Malaysia, where we work with business adapt and branding solutions.
LinkMotility can make a big difference for professional women worldwide. It doesn’t sell products or services in the network. It empowers women as a mission of its own personal interest, and also by the fact that the founders would have loved to have been able to use this kind of networking opportunity when they left their home countries andmoved abroad. The catch for the business is when it does partnership with corporates who see an opportunity to make the expatriate easier for their employees and their families. Many corporates have a budget for expat wives, helping them to adapt in their new host country. This is where LinkMotility comes in. When it helps the expat wives to adapt and grow in their new location, it helps families adapt. When the family is well established, the husband has no worries. And again, when the husband isn’t worried, he can work better and stay longer. Happy wife – happy life as they say!”
The best part is thatLinkMotility empowers all women, whether they are employed, unemployed, self-employed or opportunity seeking.