I just read an interesting article on why Women’s Conferences are important. I agree that these are beneficial, but I feel that they are good for both their participants and everyone the participants interact with. I feel this way for 3 main reasons:
1. Such conferences/organizations build confidence through camaraderie.
Anyone who has worked with an individual that lacked self-confidence greatly appreciates how much better it is to interact with a person confident in themselves.
2. Such conferences/organizations often include information/training on dealing with non-members of that particular group’s focus.
For example, engineering conferences often train engineers on how to effectively interact with non-engineers in work settings. This leads to better communication between all parties, and it benefits all parties.
3. Such conferences/organizations lead to a more thoughtful populace/workforce
These meetups often focus on introspection, personal responsibility, and accountability. These are characteristics well understood by effective and successful people.
Do people that have a problem with Minority-Focused Professional Development Groups also have a problem with gender-focused groups/organizations as well? Why? What is wrong with them?