Female networks making a comeback in a new form – also at Deloitte

Michel Bloch Andersen
Deloitte
In the second issue of the article series ‘Cool Deloitte women’, you can meet two Deloitte employees who have taken on the initiative of starting up their own female networks. According to one researcher, these networks differ from the old networks of the 00s by being stronger.
Want to make something of your career? Then join a network!

Want to make something of your career? Then join a network!

That was the mantra among business women back around the turn of the millennium in Denmark as various networks began to spring up all around the country. Most of them slowly declined and disbanded as the women became unsure of the benefits they were actually getting out of the meetings. But now, 18 years later, there are indications that female networks are making a comeback –

but this time, in a new and stronger version than before, according to Associate Professor Christian Waldstrøm, who works at Aarhus University and researches networks.

“Female networks are now being established for a specific purpose such as presenting unified fronts or helping each other in industries where women are poorly represented,” he said.

To have a real impact, the female networks must be established by the women themselves,
which Christian Waldstrøm believes that Deloitte’s new female networks demonstrate. Over the past two years, two new networks have been established, and a third is currently in the making.

“The women here are very aware of the fact that networks are about day-to-day relationships, where you might suddenly stop for a chat with a colleague if you need a sounding board for an idea. In those cases, a female network makes a lot of sense,” he said.

In the following, you can read what prompted two female ‘Deloitters’ to start up a female network as well as how they make use of it in their daily lives.

 

Stine Mørup, Senior Consultant, DC Technology Strategy & Architecture

Easier to consult with collegues at work

When Stine Mørup’s stuck with a task that’s doing her head in, she’s always got a colleague she can consult with. Ever since she established the Tech Female Network in 2017, she’s had a much wider network to use as a sounding board.

“For instance, if I need to handle a task for a client in some area that I don’t have much experience with, it’s great to be able to draw on the knowledge of someone in the network who’s really good at that particular thing,” said Stine Mørup.

She and her colleagues spend many hours a week visiting clients. Stine got the idea to set up the network as a way to facilitate communication between the members despite their busy schedules.

Social well-being is very important at a workplace, and the network contribute to build a good social environment.

“I believe that one of the most important things in the workplace is social well-being, and that’s what the network should promote,” she said.

“The vision is to create social well-being while also ensuring that the network helps us grow as professionals. It’s about getting to know each other, talk together and ask each other for advice.”

After one year, where the network has met four times for team-building activities, wine, good food and talks by inspirational female entrepreneurs, Stine Mørup has no doubt that the network is fulfilling its intended purpose:

“I’ve become better at actively making use of my colleagues in my daily life, and they also approach me,” she said.