GGN is the an intimate business women networking series created to help us build together. Events are hosted in an intimate setting to allow for all attendees to learn about owners, new brands, services and encourage us to promote and build together. By helping one another we grow together. Event attendees are invite only and based on industry and experience.
"We girls gotta stick together."
-Tricia Lee, Founder & Entrepreneur
+ Event Details
Private dinner series Lower Manhattan
343 Gold Street, Lounge Lobby Level
+ Event Details
Girl Gang Network Beauty Stoop Sale - Back again, our annual beauty gal stoop sale. One man's trash is another's man's treasure so imagine what you can do with a concealing stick. Beauty professionals (bloggers, editors and artists) gather to sell unused beauty goodies at yard sale prices so we can raise money for VELM-S candidates.
343 Gold Street, Lounge Lobby Level
+ Event Details
Private dinner series comes to Williamsburg's hottest venue. Contact event administrators at inspire@girlgangnetwork for waitlist.
2 hour meet-ups with like-minded professional women running their own companies come together. Attendees will be chosen and contacted two weeks prior to the event date. Attendees list remains private until the start of the event.
New York NY 10011
Eden Body Works
Compass Real Estate
Christian Dior Backstage Beauty Boutique
The Shed at Glenwood
Sold by Tricialee
Let me paint you a picture of this perfect moment in time. As I write this, I am laying in my bed with the windows open, a Green Tea Lemonade on my bedside table, and what can only estimate as the fifteenth episode of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia streaming on Netflix. It’s 11am on a Sunday morning, and I have yet to do anything that has required more than 50% of my body to rise (I’ve gotten extremely good at both bribing people into Starbucks runs and contorting myself to reach things from my bed).
Even in this blissful time, where I literally have nowhere to be and nothing to do, I feel a small sting of worry and anxiety. This coming week is my vacation from work, and as much as I hate to admit it, I feel a slight panic in the back of my mind, one that is both completely baffling and extremely common in the world today.
I would never, in a million years, classify myself as a “workaholic”. Currently, I work full time in an accounting position while I finish my Master’s degree in English Literature (I know, weird juxtaposition), and while I admit at time it gets hectic, I am able to make it work. So, where is this worry coming from? This is my first free week in over two years, the first time where no one is expecting me to analyze British literature in a post-colonial context or run reports on dozens of payment accounts. How is it possible that in this freedom, I feel so much stress?
In the working world today, especially in regards to recent graduates, I think that there is a concern that we need to prove our worth to our employers. We need to show them that we are of value to them, and that the handful of peers who are frantically looking for jobs and who would kill to take our places cannot do what we do for them. The job market today is not in our favor, and we worry that our removal from our positions, even for a week, will somehow erase everything we have done and cause us to become obsolete.
I am the youngest person in my department by at least 5-10 years, and I think that sometimes I feel I have more to prove in terms of not only the caliber of my work, but also in the amount of tasks I am able to balance. Without me there, will they start to think that I am expendable? Will I come back and find that tasks have been delegated to other workers because they did them quicker or more efficiently?
These worries are the reason that many Americans opt to not even take time off, which becomes even more detrimental and in theory could hurt their work more than a week away would. We are burning ourselves out in order to prove ourselves, and as odd as it seems, sometimes getting away can actually make us better at what we do. This week is mine, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let worrying about expense reports take me away from laying out in the sun and “forgetting” to set alarms on my phone.
Our generation is, in my opinion, the one that is going to change the world. And, with that, I think we need to start understanding our individual worth and the importance of what we bring to our careers, whatever they may be. Taking a break and recharging our inner batteries (which reminds me, my laptop is on 3%…great) is not going to cost us everything we work so hard for during the other 51 weeks of the year.
So, take breaks. Drive to the beach with your windows open and Taylor Swift blaring on your radio (shameless plug for my love of the modern day queen), and let yourself off the hook. Your desk will still be there when you get back, and I promise your tan will look amazing even under those god-awful fluorescent lights.
One Woman's Story of Taking the Big Leap
As the last day of my job got closer, I vacillated between excitement and paralyzing fear. There were moments it felt really good, like for the first time I was actually headed in the right direction. I was leaving it to write full time, no more excuses. This was right where God wanted me. And then out of the blue, I’d swim out too far and get caught in a riptide, a wave of doubt and anxiety crushed me.I’d feel stuck, unable to move. It was as if the path was laid out in front of me but I had forgotten how to walk.Can I be honest with you? Sometimes, it still feels this way. There are moments of complete peace and content. We keep in our lane, eyes straight ahead, one foot swiftly in front of the other. The words flow freely. Maybe an encouraging email comes our way telling us to keep going or an opportunity presents a glimmer of hope. We fight back the lies in our head and refuse to give fear a seat at the table.And just like that, we’re back down. We decide to sit this one out. Figuring it’d be best if we just stayed on the bench and kept real quiet. Forget the art, forget all of it.Anytime we walk in the direction of our dreams there will be pushback. Some friends might cheer us on while others don’t really understand. Colleagues could be both proud and disappointed. Family may offer advice that leaves us restless and confused.I get it, I’m right there with you.What I want for me and you is to keep going. I want us to keep walking forward, one step at a time. Easier said than done though, right? But what I’m slowly finding, through trial and error, through falling to my knees and getting back up again, are a few ways to keep pressing on.First, find what keeps you tethered. It’s much easier to trip when we aren’t walking on solid ground. I find so much of my fear stems from forgetting who I am and how I was made. When I’m secure in that place, the words flow. I’m less wrecked by criticism or negativity. For me, that looks like morning pages and quiet meditation. It means sitting on my couch with palms faced up and open, asking the Spirit to meet me there. I often do this multiple times a day to remember I’m capable, fiercely loved, and wonderfully made.You’re enough you know, just as you are, with or without making a single piece of art again. Let that settle in your bones just a little.Second, prioritize the things that keep you well. We live in a world that celebrates hustle and success. We measure worth and importance by busyness and outputs. There are seasons of hustle but most often, we just
do the best we can with the few hours we’ve got. I need movement and community. That looks like long walks or a yoga class. It means coffee with a dear friend or eating lunch at my table. These things keep me grounded. I’m a better friend, wife, daughter, and neighbor when I invest in my own heart space. And all of that makes me a better writer. It’s okay to allow a few boxes from the day to go unchecked if it means you invested in your well being. Our work matters yes, but our health and relationships matter even more. Find what keeps you well and do it on repeat. Mark your place there. It’s yours to keep.Third, keep investing in your craft amidst all the pressure. As we move into our vocation more seriously, particularly when it becomes our full time pursuit, it’s easy to allow the pressure of “shoulds” and “by nows” and “do it this way” become our mantra. At least it did for me. I started focusing so much on the business side that I completely forgot why I began writing in the first place. I forgot why I loved it, why it mattered to me at all. I lost the wonder and joy from the sheer thrill of putting words to page. Of course, there will always be aspects of the creative life we do not enjoy, parts that feel tiresome and grueling. But when we start forsaking calling for competition and enjoyment with excelling, it leaves us frazzled and anxious. We stand motionless. We have to remember our why and fight to keep it. Dig in deep to the craft friend.Write words for keeps, take pictures because it makes you feel good, splatter paint on a canvas just to remember how it feels.What if we stared fear down and instead of walking around it, we walked towards it? What if this work we love, brought us abundant joy again? What if when our body needed rest we truly listened? I’m finding this is the sweet spot, a collision of all the best things, our sacred place on the map. Don’t let the critics fool you. You, child of the Beloved, are standing smack dab in the middle of it all, right in the thick of inadequacy and surrender, of abiding and veering off course. Hang tight. We’re in this together. Light is just around the corner, we just have to keep walking forward.And that art you make, the one that tugs at your heart and keeps you up at night, is needed and necessary here.
-Maeve Gerboth, Writer Grit & Virtue
Entrepreneur, beauty expert, real estate broker, public speaker, business consultant and Girl Gang Network founder.
Tricia Lee is a long time business owner and real estate broker. As the owner of Polish Bar for over 10 years, Tricia Lee knows first hand the love and labor or building a brand with a cult following. Polish Bar, for years was Brooklyn's go-to nail and beauty bar. Tricia Lee's expert branding and marketing skills allowed her to spearhead the "chic nail salon" movement . She did away with five and dime experiences and introduced women to a better hygienic practices, quality products and services while promoting a positive and work environment for her all-women team of service providers in multiple locations. Earning Small Business of the Year, Black Enterprise Marketing Award, a year long city-wide New York City government campaign and Business Owner of the Week on ABC Saturday Morning News, she has truly done it all.
Often found consulting small business owners, speaking for entrepreneur panels, Tricia Lee shares her tips on building a business, motivating the team and being the "only spokesperson your company will ever need".
In 2015, Tricia Lee expanded her business profile by starting a real estate sales business and now works as a real estate broker in Brooklyn and Manhattan. A face of the business community, she has worked with local organizations and currently serves as the Vice President of her Manhattan BNI (Business Networking International) chapter . She makes the direct connection between commercial development and residential trends. She collaborates frequently with area business leaders and building owners. Her level of commitment and love for the community have also contributed to her becoming the go-to resource for clients, friends and business contacts when it comes to neighborhood insight and real estate sales. Tricia's sharp business acumen and reputation combined with her tireless work ethic helped her to break records in her first year sales as sales agent, earning Rookie of the Year and quickly becoming the go-to Brooklyn broker within her broad network. Tricia Lee started Girl Gang Network to help women grow their business by leaning on each other for support, referrals and promotion. The GGN meet-ups are designed to introduce new faces, places, brands in an intimate setting with fellow business owners.