Recognizing the need for women, trans, and female-indentified entrepreneurs to come together and interconnect their abilities and resources, Alaura O’Dell began WSB as an intimate women’s networking breakfast in Sonoma County, California, gathering for the first time in her living room.
Responses from those first attendees were positive, and meetings soon moved to a local restaurant in order to accommodate a larger group and a catered meal. Each person had the opportunity to address the group, either asking for or offering something related to their businesses or not, and a local naturopathic doctor gave a short presentation on lung and immune system health.
When the Covid-19 pandemic shut everything down, all meetings ceased, just as the group was beginning to build some momentum on the ground. The future of WSB suddenly uncertain, Alaura was forced to pivot and redefine her vision to accommodate the new reality of our world.
After weeks of brainstorming and tinkering, and drawing on her experience of running online writing groups for years, the new online version of WSB was born, bringing together several core members from those first few meetings in Sonoma County and new people from around the world, dropping in because of personal connections or finding WSB interesting on Eventbrite and Google.
WSB is now able to reach hundreds of women through weekly Zoom meetings during what are still the morning breakfast hours in California. The spirit of collaborating and co-creating our dreams thrives in the ever-more connected tapestry of our growing community.