FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2020
DENVER, Co – Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners (WEBO) Network today announced that it has issued a new policy statement to guide its diversity and inclusion activities in support of women business owners. While the group has always welcomed all women and women-identifying entrepreneurs, the new statement formally articulates WEBO’s underlying commitment to supporting the growth and success of all female founders and business owners.
“To understand why diversity and inclusion is an imperative for WEBO, you have to understand our purpose,” says Katherine McGraw Patterson, founder and Board chair. “The foundation of our community is to provide peer advice and thought partnering on the challenges of being a woman business owner. The more voices with diverse experiences and knowledge in the conversation, the more ideas our members walk away with.”
Patterson says that WEBO fosters an inclusive, welcoming, and learning community among its members and through the Organization’s mastermind, professional development, and networking events. “I am proud that we have formalized our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and am excited to see how that ultimately translates into positive growth for our members,” she says.
Diversity and Inclusion Statement
The diversity and inclusion statement adopted by WEBO reads:
The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent that our members bring to our organization sustains our purpose in creating a conversation that supports the growth and success of women business owners while we support, encourage, and learn from each other. In recruiting for our membership, we welcome women and women-identified persons and the unique contributions they bring in terms of their education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.
Current events played a role in the timing of this announcement, Patterson says, but not in the way some may think. “The recent momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement and focus on diversity has me reflecting on my own experience as a minority, and how that affected my business success,” she says. “I started my first business in Hong Kong in 1999, where I was definitely marginalized as a white woman in a Chinese society. While I had plenty of social outlets, I never found the community I craved – one which would support my business growth through mentoring and networking.” Neither is it a coincidence that the formalization of WEBO’s diversity and inclusion policy comes during PRIDE month. Patterson’s own mother was a member of the LGBTQ community. “My allyship started early,” says Patterson.
WEBO Network has chapters in Fort Collins/Loveland, Broomfield/Westminster, and Aurora/Parker. Members are eligible to attend meetings at all chapters for no additional registration fees.
Find out more and become a member at WEBONetwork.com.
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About Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners’ (WEBO) Network
Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners’ (WEBO) Network is an independent, unaffiliated group for female business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals. Our members believe in building authentic connections and that we all thrive in a supportive community of like-minded women business leaders. Together we are expanding our professional networks while we support, encourage, and learn from each other. Founded in 2016 by, Katherine McGraw Patterson (KP), business coach and small business marketing specialist, WEBO is committed to empowering women business owners in all occupations to embrace their unique strengths, supporting them as they strive for their unique vision of success, and positively impacting their personal and professional lives. We accomplish this through our belief in what we have created: a safe community dedicated to professional development and community building through the shared experience of being a woman business owner.
Find WEBO on the following channels:
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WEBONetwork
Meetup Page: https://www.meetup.com/WEBONetwork/
Katherine McGraw Patterson