On 10 March 2018, Arnhem Together hosted its debut event, a pre-launch gathering at La Capella in the city centre. Our main objective was to gauge whether there was a true demand for an English-speaking women’s network in Arnhem and surrounds. Our circle of friends and family definitely thought so, but being the typical women we are, we needed some further affirmation! A pre-launch event ensued that doubled up as valuable market research.
The response: The women of Arnhem and beyond roared back “yes please!” The inspiring afternoon consisted of social networking and sharing many stories and experiences. Complimented by delicious cake and snacks ofcourse! More than 50 women from all over the world (e.g. Indonesia, New Zealand, Texas, Italy, Tilburg!) have all found themselves in Arnhem through unique life events. We shared information about living in Arnhem, family, and career, and talked about the power of building a community for women, to help women. Guests were invited to fill out questionnaires so we could learn more about our dynamic community and how Arnhem Together could best meet their needs.
“A great success! So many fantastic women come together and it seems they are eager to connect, to communicate and to support each other. Great! I’m looking forward to the next event!” (Maria, Russia)
Positive energy filled the room from start to finish and everyone left feeling uplifted, empowered and most importantly not alone. Irrespective of where women came from, a common feeling is that of fear and isolation in a new city. Arnhem Together exists to remind us that we are stronger together and expanding your circle of women connections could lead to unlimited possibilities. Over the last few weeks, we have received amazing feedback from women who exchanged details during the event, and later meeting one-on-one to explore work opportunities or just meeting for a coffee date!
Needless to say, it was an extremely positive pre-launch event and we are already planning the next steps with a clear vision of our future together.