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True story about Women 2.0 obstructing women entrepreneurs

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 |

True story about Women 2.0 obstructing women entrepreneurs

As a woman running my own business focused almost exclusively on other women, you would think that networking organizations whose charters specifically state that they exist to support women-owned businesses would do just that, support all women-owned businesses.

Women 2.0 rejects, fails to support female entrepreneurs. True story about Women 2.0 obstructing women entrepreneurs
Women 2.0 FAILS to support female entrepreneurs

Apparently Women 2.0 speaks with forked tongue.

Madeleine Albright famously said, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

You hear anecdotally about how women famously sabotage other women. Here’s my story about Women 2.0 doing just that.

I discovered the Founder Friday events sponsored by Women 2.0 in the early summer of 2012. While they don’t refuse men, the organization exists to promote women entrepreneurs.

After attending several of their events and always making great connections, I received this email from Sepi Nasiri.

Don’t miss the “To whom it may concern” part:

To whom it may concern,
My name is Sepi Nasiri, Vice President at Women 2.0. It has come to our attention that you have RSVPed for our Networking event on November 16th in NYC.

Women 2.0 is an emerging global media company for aspiring and current female entrepreneurs to launch successful scalable, innovative ventures.Women 2.0 distributes its intellectual capital across multi-platforms online (mobile, social, web) and offline (events, workshops, conferences). Women 2.0 is a global network and social platform for influencers that drive trends and decisions — as startup founders and as consumers.

Mission: Inform, inspire and educate a new generation of females that are entrepreneurial and successful.

Women 2.0’s “Founder Friday is open to aspiring and current tech focused entrepreneurs, technologists and investors and is free to those who attend (this is an open event for females and males) to network and connect.”

We are sold out and many Female Founders are eager to attend this event. We are contacting those attendees who do not fit our current target audience.

I wanted to give you a notice of your ticket cancellation, so we can accommodate those who align with our mission.

Thank you for understanding.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Best,
Sepi

Sepi Nasiri | VP of All Things OffLine |
Sepideh@women2.com | 650-722-4319 | @SepidehN

Now, I would understand this un-invite if the group were an exclusive, high-powered, multi-success-layered gathering.

Sadly, it is not. It is a gathering of young, aspiring women who are early in their careers with ideas, hopes and plans. It was a great resource for me and reciprocally, me for them. I come from the finance world. I know a lot of people. I have great connections.

But, ah well. What would you have done if you were the vice president of all things offline in this case?