About last night...women need to stop trying to be a part of Silicon Valley

Wix Lounge, a free co-working space in San Francisco, hosted a fabulous event last night for women in business.

#SheTalksForum, produced by the San Francisco Fashion and Merchandise Alliance, is an organization supports women as their pursue careers and grow their businesses. This month's networking event highlighted four lady entrepreneurs on a panel who were in various stages of growing their business.

Guest speakers: Rachel Fischbeing, Law on the Runway Founder (@LawontheRunway), Kendra McPhee, ObebeOrganic Co-founder (@ObebeOrganic), Heather Furby, CEO of Cause and Success and Creative Age Leadership, Inc (@HeatherFurby), Heidi Zach, Third Love Co-founder (@ThirdLove). Moderator: Layne Gray, ModaVive Founder (@ModaVive)

Guest speakers: Rachel Fischbeing, Law on the Runway Founder (@LawontheRunway), Kendra McPhee, ObebeOrganic Co-founder (@ObebeOrganic), Heather Furby, CEO of Cause and Success and Creative Age Leadership, Inc (@HeatherFurby), Heidi Zach, Third Love Co-founder (@ThirdLove). Moderator: Layne Gray, ModaVive Founder (@ModaVive)

The audience was packed with nearly 100 RSVPs with business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs eager to learn more about the world of fashion and running a business as a woman.

The panel discussed everything from acquiring funding, mastering the art of networking, and not being afraid to ASK for the sale.

Also discussed was the polarizing business community that is Silicon Valley. With some shocked reactions from the people in the audience, Heather Furby when asked if women should try to change Silicon Valley she said:

Silicon Valley was made by men for men. And as women, we should not waste our energy trying to change it or become a part of it.
— Heather Furby
Heather Furby, CEO of Cause and Success, getting the audience up out of our seats and our comfort zone.

Heather Furby, CEO of Cause and Success, getting the audience up out of our seats and our comfort zone.

My initial reaction when she said this was of dismay. Equality and representation of diverse groups is necessary in all areas of life, business and culture. That's how we grow as a society. And that's how we make sure that everyone's needs are addressed.

But, maybe she's right. While the Valley may be appropriate for some women business owners, for the vast majority of us maybe it is a waste of time.

  • Not every business needs funding to get off the ground.
  • Not every business needs to be featured in TechCrunch as the next hot thing.
  • Not every business is about amassing copious amounts of users. In fact, for most lifestyle and luxury based brands, this is the exact opposite.

Hmmm. What are your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree with Heather?

Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you!

*Cheers*

Danetha

Danetha Doe (@danethadoe) is a financial growth consultant for fintech companies and large accounting practices. She is the founder of Money and Mimosas, an educational platform for lady entrepreneurs covering accounting and financial management. Stay connected through her weekly newsletter by signing up here