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Women at the Nashua Lady Project kick-off event, held at the Nashua Margaritas, mix business with socializing. Courtesy photo.




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The next active night is scheduled at Strength in Balance in Nashua, featuring speaker Andrea Quigley Maynard, a holistic health coach. It is planned for Friday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
Membership to the Nashua Lady Project chapter costs $35 a year. That gives members access to members-only events, discounted tickets and events held by other Lady Project chapters.




The ladies are talking
Nashua Lady Project fuses business with pleasure

10/16/14



 Women in the greater Nashua area who want to build social and professional connections have a new way to do it.

The city is the newest location of the Lady Project, an organization meant to inspire women in their professional and creative endeavors.
“Basically, what [the creators of Lady Project] realized was that they knew all these really cool women, business owners, creative types, entrepreneurs, but there was really nothing to connect them together,” said Nika Legatova, co-founder of the Nashua chapter. “With this group, if someone needed a designer or photographer, they could find them and hire [someone from the] network.”
In April, Legatova was invited to the Lady Project Summit in Providence,  Rhode Island. At the end of the event she approached the Providence founders to figure out how to start her own chapter. She attended city management sessions before organizing her team of media and event coordinators.
About 35 women, mostly from southern New Hampshire, came out to the  kickoff event Sept. 26 at Margarita’s in Nashua. The organizers plan to hold one event a month to start and more in the future.
The networking events, called “active nights,” will blend personal, professional and social fun, Legatova said. There may be book clubs or training workshops or an exercise class. Each event will feature a speaker and raise money for a charity.
 “I’m trying to get people to come in and have some networking time too,” said Strength in Balance owner Becki Somers, who will host the next active night on Friday, Oct. 17. “What better way to know someone than standing next to a barre, alongside somebody who is also struggling through it it?”
The group isn’t so much about shutting men out as overcoming the hurdles of meeting like-minded women, especially those who may be five steps ahead in their careers.
“I do have a group of friends here but [am] always looking to meet new people,” Somers said. “Especially professionally. It’s nice to sit down over a cup of coffee and say,  hey what’s working for you? Who do you know that can help me with this?”
Since attending the Lady Project kickoff event, Somers has developed a strong business-oriented relationship with Cheryl Snyder, the owner of Drinkable Arts in Nashua, a glasswear-painting party company. They now share information about upcoming events and tradeshows and help each other through business challenges, Somers said.
“For women, networking is a little tough because we can be a little catty sometimes, or without meaning to we compete,” said Legatova. “And if you go to networking events nowadays I feel it’s mostly male dominant when you walk in there, which could be intimidating.” 
 
As seen in the October 16, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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