Women in Networking
Edinburgh (WiNE) | Glasgow (WiNG)
To share knowledge, opportunities & support each other
Welcome to Women in Networking Edinburgh (WiNE) and Women in Networking Glasgow (WiNG)
Estab Sept 2015 Founder Pinky Ghadiali
WiNE & WiNG are supportive, collaborative groups for ambitious women of all ages and backgrounds. Our monthly meet-ups are relaxed and welcoming with a non-salesy style that attracts women who are new to business, those well versed with networking and even women/mums returning to work or setting up their own businesses. The main purpose of creating this community of amazing women was to build a robust support network; not just online, but in person.
WiNE meets on the third Wednesday of the month and WiNG meets on the last Tuesday.
Our monthly face-to-face meet-ups are very popular and we are passionate about creating an environment that empowers and supports ambitious, like-minded women encouraging collaboration and knowledge sharing. We are a community of more than 3000 inspiring ladies consisting of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Facebook/ meet up groups and we are growing fast. I am constantly inspired to see so many great women raising the bar and killing it!
No matter what level you are at, there is always another challenge to conquer or a goal to reach. To raise the bar, you need to stay laser-focused on your objectives. WiNE & WiNG events offer a space to share these goals. It doesn’t matter if they are career, business or personal, there is always something more to learn. That is why we also offer personal development workshops and training with leading experts as part of your membership.
Come and join us at our monthly networking events which are held in lovely surroundings.
They are very welcoming, relaxed and informal. When booking on Eventbrite we pay the booking fee and provide a complimentary soft drink with your ticket.
You’ll have the opportunity to chat and mingle with some of Scotland’s most forward-thinking female entrepreneurs and women in business.
Members only WiNE @ The Village hotel, Edinburgh – join us every first Monday or Thursday monthly.
Grab a coffee from Starbucks© and come join us for an informal chat in the bar area. No pitches, no sales and no speed networking – guaranteed!
Starts on Monday, 4th March: bring a business card for the monthly raffle – March prize is a spa package at the Village Hotel book here.
£49 per year
Tickets cost £20 plus booking fee for each of the 11 events throughout the year. Includes a soft drink and nibbles.
Founder Pinky Ghadiali
For 17 years I had a very successful career as an optometrist, but I felt something was missing. In 2008, after my son was born, I embarked on a journey of personal development, health, wellbeing, and fitness. It was a process, but I finally became a much more confident woman and in doing so I realised that I was so much more than just my career. It was a real struggle at times as I didn’t have my close family around me, I realised that I needed to find like-minded people who really understood where I was and what I was facing.
I tried a lot of networking events, but they weren’t attracting the people I needed to meet and connect with. They were more often than not, male-dominated and very sales-focused. I realised that being an entrepreneur can be a lonely existence, even in a room full of people. I remember sitting in my tiny dark optometry practice room one Friday afternoon contemplating the too often encounters with ‘dodgy salesman’ types at those networking events. I wondered if I would ever find fun, relaxed, supportive networking events where I could build valuable relationships with people who understood me. It was then that I decided to create my own community and go searching for others like me – WiNE was born. Women in Networking Edinburgh was going to be a place for like-minded women who were interested in supporting and encouraging each other.
Here we are three years later, I am on a mission to create a real impact. My why is my family, my beautiful Son. I feel like I finally have a purpose in my life, it only took 40 years, but I am so grateful to be here and doing what I am so passionate about. I want to pass that passion forwards and help as many people as possible change their lives and become more successful. WiNE and WiNG are for like-minded women who are as passionate as me in supporting and encouraging each other – come join us and see for yourself.
WiNG organiser Lorna Lyon
My background and day-to-day working life is in the world of actuarial. Think insurance and pensions. At the core, an actuaries job is estimating how we think the future will play out. How likely is an insurance claim to be made, or how much someone needs in a pension to survive in retirement.
The actuarial world is small and close knit which is where networking comes into play. Networking opens up your world to people from all different walks of life. People network for a number of reasons, not just to pursue new contacts for their business, and that’s what I love about it. You never know who you are going to meet and what they might be able to help you with in the future.
My interests also lie in career development, especially for women, and how we can help support one another to reach our potential in the workplace and smash a few glass ceilings along the way.
WiNE & WiNG ambassadors offer exclusive discounts for members
Take advantage of these offers by clicking the logo and emailing the WiNE/WiNG ambassador to get your discount.