Wednesday, 09. October 2019, Harleyford Golf Club, The Athena Network - Marlow Second Wednesday Group

from 09. October 2019 - 12:00 till 14:00

Harleyford Golf Club

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Welcome! 
Thank you very much for your interest in our Marlow 2nd Wednesday Athena group, which takes place at the wonderful Harleyford Golf Club. 
The Athena Network is the premier network for businesswomen who are passionate about unleashing their true potential and growing both personally and professionally. With a strong focus on training & development, Athena encourages all women to reach their full potential. Our warm, friendly and supportive community supports women through their challenges and our strategic connections bring new business and lifelong friendships. 
When does the group meet?
The Marlow 2nd Wednesday Athena group meets every 2nd Wednesday of every month, (except August and December) 12 noon to 2pm. 
Please check with Lindsay McLoughlin, the Regional Director for the Maidenhead and Marlow region, to ensure your profession does not clash with any existing member before booking.
What is the format of the meeting?
The format of the day is open networking from 12-12.30pm. We then have 

introductions/welcomes
the passing of business cards
a short talk on business networking
60 second introductions from everyone (the Athena Minute)
a lovely lunch
a business speaker

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‘Let’s Talk Business’, a chance for anyone to recommend a fellow networker they have used and/or ask for a meeting with someone they have met at the lunch – (not compulsory)
open networking over coffee

All the ladies are very warm and friendly. We will make you feel very welcome from the minute you walk through the door.
If you have them, please bring business cards and any flyers you would like to distribute, as we pass these round at the start of the meeting.
You will also have a chance to introduce yourself, tell us a little about what you do, and to ask for any help you may need with getting in touch with key contacts. Have a think about who could help you grow your business; it might be someone to help with PR or marketing or business strategy, or you might be looking for clients in the corporate sector or people to help with a charity event.
Whatever you are looking for, there will be someone in the room who can either help you or refer you to someone who can.
If you are just coming along for the support, training and advice that Athena offers, that's absolutely fine. There are several members within the region who have joined the network for exactly these reasons. 
Please don’t be daunted by any of the above. We promise to show the way through the structure of the Athena meeting, and we love meeting new people! 
What is the dress code?
Put simply, it is whatever you feel confident in. For some ladies, this will be a business suit, for others it could be a tracksuit or fitness gear. Some ladies see it as an opportunity to dress up a little, and to enjoy and discuss business over a lovely lunch at a great venue with likeminded ladies.
What are the benefits of joining the Athena Network?

Athena is a women-only networking membership organisation.
Athena is all about relationship-building, training and support. As a member, you will find plenty of all three within the network. You will be able to attend an additional two-hour training session to help you get the most out of your Athena Minute. This training is included as part of your membership. 
We have a one-profession-per-group policy. If you decide to join Athena (and I very much hope you will!), you would lock out other ladies sharing the same profession from visiting and/or joining this group. This means you would be able to build relationships with everyone in the group. 
I keep an active FB Page. I have copied this below. You may want to have a look at it, to find out more. In addition, I maintain an active FB closed group. As a member, you would be invited to join this group. 


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We look forward to welcoming you to our group meeting.

Thank you
Lindsay 

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