Boston Lady Project: New group launches to connect ambitious women

Boston Lady Project is rolling out. Credit: Photographer Delia Harrington
Boston Lady Project. Credit: Delia Harrington

Forget trying to get into the boys club. Ambitious female Bostonians can join forces with a nonprofit organization that aims to connect, inspire and showcase women who like to get things done.

Boston Lady Project recently launched in Boston, welcoming female business leaders, entrepreneurs and creative types to attend monthly meetups that cover more than just the usual exchange of business cards.

“I was psyched about [Boston Lady Project] from the beginning. I’ve been so excited to be a part of something that connects multiple networks of women in Boston,” said Boston Lady Project City Manager Ellen Cooper, 24.

Cooper, who works in marketing and is the only woman in her Cambridge office, said she was eager to spearhead a local chapter to help fellow female up-and-comers grow their social circles. Along with fellow co-manager Taylor Cotter, the pair are pushing to get the word out to potential members.

Providence Lady Project founders Julie Sygiel and Sierra Barter have celebrated two successful years at their chapter, and have since opened a New Haven chapter.

“Here in Rhode Island you always hear something along the lines of, ‘You need your carpets cleaned? I know a guy. Call Tony, he’ll take care of you. Tell him Mickey sent you.’ … We want to change that a little bit. We want it to be, ‘I know a girl!’” Barter told Get RI Magazine.

The group’s Boston kickoff event drew about 85 women to Workbar in Cambridge on Jan. 23.

“There was a lot of positive energy. Because of the success of the Providence chapter, organizers were pretty good about getting the word out there,” said Cooper.

The main difference between Boston Lady Project and most other Boston-area networking groups is that, although there is a professional aspect, much of the activities are aimed at socializing.

“That’s what separates us: There is a big social part as well,” said Cooper.

Credit: Photographer Delia Harrington.
Credit: Delia Harrington

Dates have not yet been set, but organizers plan to host “active nights” that will likely include yoga, running, book discussions and paint nights.

“Those events are purely meant to be social and get women out of their normal circle and meeting each other,” said Cooper. “Our generation is reading ‘Lean In,’ and deciding who they want to be as working women, and there is a big push to have a social element.”

Cooper said the next meetup will likely happen sometime in March, however The Lady Project Summit will bring together women from all three cities — Providence, Boston and New Haven — in Providence on April 12.

Of course, some meetups will focus on professional issues, such as “three by three” events, in which three local women of different backgrounds, industries and career levels share their stories in three minutes.

Obviously, the events are “no boys allowed,” but who else is welcome?

“We have no requirements other than you are a woman or identify as a woman. You don’t have to be involved with any specific profession. We didn’t want to limit it or isolate anyone,” said Cooper.

The group offers memberships with benefits at $35 a year for individuals, including discounted tickets and access to members-only events, as well as access to private networking groups and social media promotion. Visit www.bosladyproject.com for more information.

Follow Morgan Rousseau on Twitter: @MetroMorgan
Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBOS



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Mayor reveals new tech hub Digital.NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed Digital.NYC on Wednesday, a new online platform aimed at connecting all things tech in New York City. The public-private partnership…

Local

Falling debris hits two men in Times Square

Two men were taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after being hit by falling debris from 110 feet above Times Square. Nancy Greco from the…

Local

Queens Assemblyman William Scarborough accused of misusing campaign…

Queens Assemblyman William Scarborough has been indicted on state and federal charges for allegedly withdrawing campaign funds as cash for personal use. Scarborough, a Democrat…

News

U.S. Secret Service director Pierson resigns under fire

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light.

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, Oct. 1: 'Criminal Minds,'…

The "Criminal Minds" team adds some supernatural assistance, as the "Ghost Whisperer" herself, Jennifer Love Hewitt, joins the show. She's playing an FBI agent, but you never know when someone…

Music

See the most popular Pandora station in your…

Who knew Bachata music was so popular?

The Word

The Word: Twilight just won't die

You thought our "Twilight" days were behind us, didn't you? Well think again. Series creator Stephenie Meyer (who would rather you not ask about "Twilight"…

Going Out

Which NYC restaurant lost its three-star Michelin rating?

A record 73 restaurants in New York City collected coveted Michelin stars on Tuesday as a mix of trendy spots and fine-dining stalwarts underscored the…

NFL

Rex Ryan fields more questions about Geno Smith,…

The idea Geno Smith will be replaced by backup Michael Vick appears to be all smoke, as the Jets are intent to ride with their second-round draft pick.

NFL

Will Beatty playing like franchise left tackle again…

Left tackle Will Beatty, who is the elder-statesman of Giants’ line, has turned around his season and become a consistent force on Manning’s blindside.

NFL

John Conner back with Jets for second stint

He'll be back. It's "Terminator 2" for the Jets, who brought back John Conner to the team on Tuesday after placing fullback Tommy Bohanon on…

NFL

Fantasy football: Ben Tate to break out, Larry…

Fantasy football: Ben Tate to break out, Larry Donnell will stay solid

Career

Creating a support system for minority women in…

When Kathryn Finney founded digitalundivided — an organization devoted to engaging minority communities with the tech world — she didn’t know quite what to expect.…

Sex

We can learn a lot from animals about…

There’s a lot we can learn about love from the birds and the bees — and the chickens, monkeys and squirrels that we share the…

Style

Saint Laurent

Our review of the Saint Laurent Spring '15 show at Paris Fashion Week.

Style

Céline: Paris Fashion Week Spring 2015

Our review of the Celine Spring '15 show during Paris Fashion Week.