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5 Local Networking Groups To Consider Joining

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By: Katarina Kovacevic

When it comes to professional development opportunities, the options here in the East Valley are practically limitless. Looking to expand your network in 2020? Here are five local groups to consider joining.  

Dames Collective Phoenix

Helping women who take the leap into entrepreneurship feel confident and welcome, Dames Collective Phoenix is a networking group for women leaders and innovators. Their membership-based monthly events focus on a different topic each go-round—from marketing to business strategy and personal mindset—and they host a series of special, seasonal events throughout the year.

East Valley Women’s Business Connect

With 540+ members on, East Valley Women’s Business Connect is one of the most popular local networking groups focused on learning, fostering genuine relationships and building strong referral partners with other East Valley women in business. And, you can choose from one of two meeting options each month. 

The Foundress

The women behind the popular Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market founded this organization, which works to inspire women, entrepreneurs and creative minds through educational opportunities that push boundaries. Their programming is centered on the expertise from their official “Mentors” group—a lineup of successful local business owners who are ready to impart their knowledge and support.

Gilbert Chamber Young Professionals

Designed and developed for local professionals ages 21 to 37, Gilbert Chamber Young Professionals is powered by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and exists to develop future leaders by providing them with professional growth opportunities. Events include regular social and networking gatherings, as well as expert-led learning sessions.

Gilbert Leadership

Founded in 1991, Gilbert Leadership brings together individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to develop their leadership potential and to expose participants to the issues impacting our community. The expectation is that, upon graduating from the program, members will be better able to serve the local community and make a difference with their newfound skills. It’s a long-term commitment with an application process and applications are accepted between March 1st and July 5th every year.


Katarina Kovacevic is the owner of Redefined Communications, a company offering blogging and ghostwriting services for women in leadership, and female-focused and purpose-driven businesses. She’s also the founder and editor of RUBY Media, a digital media company that promotes female camaraderie, supports sisterhood and inspires women to make a difference in the world. You can connect with Katarina on Instagram or LinkedIn, or with RUBY on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.


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