Not your average networking group.
You’ve been to the average networking event. You put on Spanx, wear your nice outfit, grab the heels, a stack of business cards and pump yourself up as you head to the event. You then arrive to find there is no structure — just you in a room mustering the nerve to chat it up with strangers.
You’re working overtime trying to impress with small talk and schmooze your way through the crowd, only to end the night with a few business cards and no true connection, benefit or next steps. But you keep going, because networking is the key to success, right?
That’s why we’re flipping the script and removing the small talk and the suits. You can leave your business cards at home too, because we actually get to know each other.
Chicago Boss Babes is the most casual networking group you’ll find in Chicago.
We’re here to make friends and authentic connections. We’re here to have honest conversations about what’s going on in your career, work through the challenges, celebrate the wins and laugh at the nonsense along the way. We’re not here to schmooze you, and you don’t have to wear any fabric that suffocates you. We’re here to support you on the journey to being whatever kind of boss babe you want to be.
And, oh yes. We absolutely brunch.
Join us at one of our monthly boss babe brunches throughout the Chicagoland area.
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Calendar of Events
When: Sunday, January 19, 12pm-2pm
Where: Delia’s Kitchen, 1034 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL
RSVP By: January 14
Topic: Dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace
When: Sunday, February 16, 2020
Where: Flo & Santo’s, 1310 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL
RSVP By: February 11, 2020
Topic: Exploring career opportunities
When: Sunday, March 15, 2020
RSVP By: March 10, 2020
Topic: Setting boundaries in the workplace
When: Sunday, April 19, 2020
RSVP By: April 14, 2020
Topic: Anniversary Party!
When: Sunday, May 17, 2020
RSVP By: May 14, 2020
“Chicago Boss Babe Brunch came along in a time of my life when I was really feeling a need for a sense of community. I am a small business owner and typically spend my days alone working from my apartment. I needed a group of people to be able to discuss work struggles with, celebrate wins with and to support in their own journey in the workforce. Most of the people in my world prior to finding CBBB were in the same industry, and I think there is a lot of value in connecting with a group of people who all have very different perspectives and experience. Each meeting I have attended has left me feeling energized and inspired by all the amazing ladies I have connected with!”
What to expect from an event?
Our events are fun! This is not a stuffy networking event. Come as you would to any other brunch, coffee meet-up or happy hour.
We talk about the good side and the bad side of work life. We’re not afraid to be a little vulnerable as we share and work through our career struggles. We’ll shout “screw that!” right along with you.
Have we mentioned brunch is fun? It’s our goal to make you feel like you’re meeting up with a bunch of your close girlfriends, even if it’s your first time at an event. With a group of like-minded, driven women, the conversation flows like no other.
We started this group because we felt like we weren’t making authentic connections at traditional networking events where everyone seems to be looking for their next promotion. Instead, this is about providing a venue and format for everyone to be themselves and connect with women from all different industries.
Our brunches are always once a month, and we also host other events such as co-working coffee meet-ups, book clubs and happy hours for different occasions.
What is said at our events, stays at our events. This is a safe space for our members to voice what’s going on at work without fear of it getting back to anyone. You’ll never have to worry about your stories being told without your permission.
RSVP to an event now.
Chicago Boss Babe Blog
Our brunches lead to some pretty in-depth conversations about topics like sexism in the workplace, negotiations, finding your niche, switching careers or industries, and making the most of your current role.
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We're the career oriented friends you've been looking for. Looking to make authentic connections with a group of women dedicated to supporting other women? Welcome.