THE BIZ CONNECTOR
Emma Isaacs When she started Business Chicks, Emma Isaacs knew it could be huge. Fast-forward 13 years? The all-female network brings together more than 45,000 members and hosts 100-plus events each year (past speakers include Arianna Huffington and Richard Branson). But, reveals global CEO Emma, the majority of her team’s hustling happens behind the scenes, “connecting women to the resources and people they need to know”. “There’s a lot of strategic networking on behalf of our members, but we also fund women into their new businesses [and] give them bridging loans. Championing women is the backbone of everything we do,” she says. Her philosophy is all about taking action, which she explores in her new book Winging It ($34.99, Pan Macmillan). “I see a lot of people trying to concoct the perfect plan and have everything lined up before they start something, but what’s worked for me with my businesses is just committing to something and figuring it out as you go,” says Emma.
“It’s just [about] having the courage to keep trying.”
Her number one networking tip? Take time to build new relationships. “It’s all about ... trust and credibility.” WH