“A reason we started this group is to support women in our community,” says Cristina Briboneria, acting president of the new Atlanta Women’s All About Business Networking group. Briboneria is associate vice president and private CFO for oXYGen Financial in Alpharetta.

“What I personally found when attending networking events such as the Atlanta Executive Network, Human Rights Campaign and the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is that, while these are great organizations, they are made up of primarily men,” she says.

And women’s groups, such as Fourth Tuesday and the Women’s Outdoor Network, were purely social groups, she says.

The next meeting is set for April 29.

The group is still organizing but has an acting board of directors: Briboneria, Barb Rowland, Susan Bird, Molly Simmons, Debra Jacob and Alison Hall.

The goal is for the group to meet at least twice a month — once on the first Tuesday and then on the fourth Thursday. The first meetings of the month will be about referrals and networking, allowing women to introduce themselves and describe their businesses and work. Other meetings will include educational and leadership seminars.

The group is currently developing a website. For more information and to receive invitations to upcoming events, visit www.meetup.com and search “Atlanta Women’s All About Business Networking.”

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