New Networking Group Changes the Game for Women in Business in Rockland & Bergen

Image courtesy of Business of WE.

I’m sure you’ve heard it a thousand times, “Getting ahead or securing a new job is as much about WHO you know as much as WHAT you know.”  While we certainly can’t discredit that ‘knowledge IS power’, being a master networker and connector can be a game changer in your career.  Whether you’re starting your own business or work for a well-established company, connecting with like-minded professionals can without a doubt help level up the playing field.

Irene Zervoudis, Natalie Maniscalco and Paulina Lopez.  Image Courtesy of Business of WE.

The Business of WE, a dynamic new network of professional women, on a mission to change the game, recently launched a Bergen | Rockland County Chapter, hosting monthly events at the Time Nyack Hotel with over 100 women from a variety of industries.  Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, these ladies are eager to support and stay connected.  The team will be hosting VIRTUAL workshops every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. via ZOOM.

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“Each month, we spotlight speakers and thought-leaders who are true pioneers of progress and understand what it takes to break-through barriers, run a profitable business or excel at a company,” said Natalie Maniscalco, publicist and CEO of Retro Media NYC / blueprint Courses, and Irene Zervoudis, Business Development and Marketing Rep of Envoy Mortgage.  “We provide an environment for like-minded women to connect and learn from industry experts in all areas from topics such as sales, finance, legal, public relations, social media, technology, marketing, branding to staying motivated and forging through the challenges of business.”

While most networking events fall into the typical category of schmoozing over wine and cheese, their events are far from it, and as far as their virtual events, they will be just as interactive as if in person.  Hosted by Founder Paulina Lopez, publicist Natalie Maniscalco and real estate marketer Irene Zervoudis, each event kicks off with a dynamic presentation from a guest speaker, discussing topics from finance, branding, public relations to wellness, spirituality and more.  It then leads into the ‘mastermind.’  This is where you really get the opportunity to listen, learn and connect within a small group, before sharing with the entire room your personal pitch of 30 seconds (and they time you!) End the night with knowing a little bit about every person in the room and leave feeling like you’ve made meaningful connections that may help to open the door to new opportunities, new clients or simply, to feel inspired!

The network also believes in the importance of giving back to the community and established an annual Business of WE Scholarship Fund and will be launching a Young Leadership Program in fall 2020 for female high school and college students in New York and New Jersey.

Originally founded in New York City by Business Consultant and Strategist Paulina Lopez, the Business of WE believe in the positive impact of women in business and their potential to change lives and become key drivers of economic growth in their communities.  “As we expand our network and brand to areas around the country, we want to empower and ignite women to recognize the unique qualities they possess, to believe in the value they bring to the table, initiate startups, drive economic expansion, and advance communities worldwide,” said Paulina Lopez, Founder of the Business of WE.

The Business of WE also host monthly workshops in Manhattan, an annual Business Summit in Manhattan, and a Wellness Retreat in the Dominican Republic.  To learn more about the Bergen/Rockland Chapter of The Business of WE and their upcoming VIRTUAL workshops, go to and please follow @businessofwe on Instagram and Facebook.

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