“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” — Sara Blakely, founder, Spanx
Women Empowering Women (WEW) was founded in 2013 by a Laura Mattson and Michell Stockmann. Both experienced business women that had been part of many networking groups but saw a gap of women who were unable to attend events due to financial constraints or time requirements.
They created a vision to develop a cohesive networking group where members would know each other well enough to provide authentic and knowledgeable referrals and leads. But also be a safe place where women could discuss their struggles and successes with other professional business women and learn or be mentored from women of all ages and stages in their careers.
The goal was to create a forum for working women to exchange information and support one another’s businesses. But they didn’t want to exclude those knowledgeable women who were recently retired or those women fresh out of college or ready to begin their professional career.
Their initial plan for Women Empowering Women was to create a unique platform from other networking groups and release many of the restrictions that kept many women from attending meetings or events. Some of those ideas included not having yearly or monthly membership dues.
Having a diverse membership was also their intention and they found that meetings could accommodate members within the same industry and many of the women embraced this format. Many meeting attendees have found ways to work together and grow because of this freedom. The main focus of Women Empowering Women is collaboration NOT competition!
“Surround yourself with a trusted and loyal team. It makes all the difference.” — Alison Pincus, co-founder, One Kings Lane
Michell Stockmann is the CEO and Creative Director at TechKnow Solutions, Inc. A design firm located in Breese, IL. Known for her elegant and professional approach to design, Michell has developed a reputation for delivering top-notch visual solutions while providing reliable service her clients have come to depend upon. Although her passion is helping small local businesses, over the last few years her company has grown to take on some well-known national clients. Michell’s business mission is to generate long-lasting relationships while finding design solutions for her clients.
Danielle Langhauser is the Web Developer at TechKnow Solutions, Inc in Breese, IL. She is known for her extensive knowledge in web design, social media and mobile app development. Her vast knowledge of marketing and analytic trends makes her an invaluable asset for a diverse group of companies and organizations.