Networking for Women: Creating a Value-Based Network

Networking for Women: Creating a Value-Based Network  is designed for women who want to build mutually beneficial relationships with others as part of increasing their visibility and impact.

How important is networking for your career?


There are many reasons why we don’t network. For some, the term “networking” brings up negative connotations and associations – it can feel inauthentic, sleazy, or like you’re more focused on advancing your career than developing relationships with others.

It may be a question of know-how – what do I do/say and how do I do this in a way that doesn’t feel forced or transactional?

And how do I do this when I am already over-stretched/have no time, in a pandemic, or perhaps you simply don’t know many people at this point in your career.

Whatever might be holding you back, successful leaders recognize networking as an important leadership activity. They understand that networking can be beneficial to everyone involved. When done with the intent of increasing value for all, networking doesn’t just deliver results—developing connections with others can even feel good!

Networking for Women: Creating a Value-Based Network is specifically designed for women who don’t typically engage in networking (for whatever reason) but would like to add this important activity to their leadership practice.


Benefits of Networking


You know that networking can benefit your career, but what difference can it really make?

Networking has been linked to:

  • Career advancement and promotions
  • Transitions to leadership 
  • Greater visibility

Networking can help you to:

  • Build rich and diverse relationships
  • Create stronger connections with stakeholders/partners/allies
  • Identify trends and opportunities
  • Get more done
  • Access more resources for your team, your organization, yourself

If you would like to reap all of the benefits of creating a value-based network, this workshop is for you!

The themes of this workshop include:


Successful Leaders Network


Looking at Your Current Network


Who ELSE Do You Need to Know?


5 Things You Need to Do

The Details


In this interactive course designed for women who want to advance in their careers, you will gain practical tools for assessing your network and identify strategies to build and leverage relationships in line with your values.

You will finish this course with a greater understanding of the importance of networking—especially for women—as well as complete a network audit, and learn practical strategies for building more, and deeper, relationships within your network.

Participants will be provided with a networking workbook to record their observations, reflections, intentions, and commitments.

Participants will also be invited to join a follow up group coaching call one month after the workshop to review progress and share experiences.

Please use the button below to email me if you’re interested in learning more about this online training. 


“Palena very much lived up to her title as Executive Coach & Facilitator. I was impressed by her diligent approach, alongside her natural warmth. Her program, focus on visibility and networking for women, was really well received and got a positive feedback from our associates.

Palena played a key role in reinvigorating our women in cloud pillar at Ingram Micro by delivering 2 workshops for our global internal audience. What I liked most about her approach was the level of rigor and authenticity she brought.  With considerable emotional intelligence, she encourage the audience to engage, participate and feedback openly which always makes for a more stimulating learning environment. The benefit to attendees was obvious from their comments on the day.

On a personal level, Palena was always highly professional, engaged and helpful. She has a charming personality.”

Kelly Cuesta
Global Internal Communications Manager
Ingram Micro Cloud

This was an excellent session, delivered with care and subtlety, so it felt more like a voyage of self-exploration – which is the mark of a skilled trainer and facilitator.

Practicing in smaller groups, working with different people for each exercise, was very valuable, entertaining and enriching at the same time, because it multiplied our sounding boards and gave us different perspectives. Being exposed to different personalities during each exercise helped me to learn where I need to improve and where my strengths lay in comparison with others. It also motivated each of us present to actively participate and rise to each challenge, providing us with greater exposure to others and closer connectivity.

It was also great to have the chance to exchange feedback and communicate directly with participants with whom I had attended previous online workshops. Hearing spontaneous, genuine and non-judgemental comments from others was extremely beneficial. It was a great learning process!

Thanks a million again for giving me this opportunity!

Natacha Carter

Independent Expert - Conflict Prevention and Governance

“An excellent session on networking packed with a treasure box of advice and tips to take away. I’m feeling much more focussed on achieving a new set of networking goals. Thank you!”

Vici Wreford-Sinnott
Little Cog Theatre Company

Palena Neale - global development professional - women's leadership coach - capacity building expert

Hi, I’m Palena Neale

Founder and Managing Director, unabridged
Leadership Coach, Mentor, Educator

Being an educator has always been a part of my life, since the early days when I played school with my younger siblings. I made my entry into professional life as a corporate trainer, completed PhD research, and served as an OD practitioner for over 20 years in global health organizations to improve individual, team and organization performance.  

Similarly, as an ICF accredited PCC-certified coach, I have worked across the globe and in different industries with hundreds of women who find themselves stuck at a certain point/level in their career, through over-reliance on their technical skills and an under-reliance on the importance of visibility and networking. To support them, I design and deliver courses on being visible at work and networking. Here, we address the limiting beliefs blocking individuals from engaging with these strategies and identify practical strategies that align with their personality and values, to deliver greater visibility. I have had the good fortune to run these workshops both within and outside organizations. 

I designed Networking for Women: Creating a Value-Based Network to address the limiting beliefs that prevent you from using networking as a strategy in your leadership repertoire. I provide practical guidance for networking that aligns with your personality and values, enabling you to create mutually beneficial relationships, do more, and have greater impact. I have had the good fortune to run these workshops for hundreds of women, who consistently report on the great benefits they have gained from them.

I also write extensively on these topics, which you can find in ForbesPsychology Today and Harvard Business Review.

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