The Necessity Of Networking

Contributed by Hillary Saffran

Lipgloss & Leadership Women In Business Summit
2/25/2017 - 8AM
Alaska Businesswomen's Network
Glenn Massay Theater
8295 College Dr, Palmer
Cost: $20

Have you ever been around people excited about something they are working on? Ideas and conversation seem to draw others in, and their enthusiasm seems to be contagious.

I have found this to be true when I am in the presence of entrepreneurs and business owners. Whether it is a small business, a direct sales venture or a product created by one’s own hand, it is an invigorating experience to share ideas in the midst of these kind of individuals.

I remember the first time that I attended a meeting of the Mat-Su Women in Business Heartlink Chapter, now called Alaska Businesswomen’s Network. I had just completed an intense day in my social services position as a job center supervisor and case manager, and thought I would see what this group was all about, as I had heard about it from a bookkeeper friend of mine.

As soon as I walked in the room, I felt the electricity in the air as I found myself among an energetic and upbeat group of women, excitedly sharing with the group what their business was all about. 

It was truly an inspiring atmosphere to be in, and I found myself excitedly developing business ideas of my own, almost by osmosis after just a short time, as I found myself eagerly participating in the group. I knew that I just had to join this invigorating collective of creative and outgoing women.

If you would like to catch this spark of inspiration and creative cooperation, then you must attend the Lipgloss and Leadership – Women in Business Summit. It’s the Alaska Businesswomen’s Network, Mat-Su Chapter’s signature event. 

The day begins with a showcase of local businesswomen and community leaders, presenting a series of six motivational and inspirational talks. (Like TED Talks). The speakers will be Antiqua Lisha, Elizabeth Maxson, Hillary Saffran (yours truly), Jeanette Gardiner, Misty VanderWeele and Winona Benson. 

Lunch and a fashion show is part of this fun day, and networking begins when the doors of the Glenn Massey Theater open up at 8:00am on Saturday, February 25. The event continues until 5:00pm, with shopping at the various vendor tables included. 

Tickets are only $20, which includes the lunch and talks portion. Following the reserved portion of the program, we will open the Glenn Massey Theater venue for the public to join us, meet our members and network while continuing to shop at the vendor tables.

A portion of ticket sales will be contributed to our local food bank, as this organization is all about community support and charitable contributions for those in need in the Mat-Su Valley.

Special Note for Managers and Team Leaders: Please arrange for your staff/team to attend. This event is sure to get their year off to a fabulous start! When doors open at 8:00am for seat selections a light continental breakfast will also be served.

Go to or contact Tammy Gray at
907-982-8744 for more information. Ticket sales are online through 2/20/17.

Networking is not only fun, but a necessity to help build relationships and help your business grow! See you there!