Women will gather in Reston this weekend for an event designed to take the intimidation out of networking.
Hub Dot aims to bring women together and help them communicate and connect. Those who attend do not get name tags or other status-defining labels, but rather colored dots that begin to tell their wearers’ stories and help guide the conversation.
Red dots are worn by women who are established in a field and can be a mentor. Yellow dots are for women seeking help with an idea. Green dots are for those looking for inspiration. Blue dots are for women who are socializing. Purple dots are for women with a particular passion or cause.
Founder and CEO Simona Barbieri explains:
“We’ve discovered that when you put together a group of like-minded women in the same space, and you put storytelling in the center of the way they communicate with each other, incredible things happen.”
Speakers at last year’s Hub Dot event in Reston included Amanda Tiede (a corporate executive who raised $100,000 in 10 weeks for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society), Anna Whitson-Donaldson (author of a book about struggling with the death of her 12-year-old son) and Kristina Anderson (a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting who now works to prepare others).
Sunday’s event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Kendra Scott (11924 Market St., in Reston Town Center). Tickets are $25. Attendees are asked to bring gently used bras to donate to Support the Girls, a charity for homeless women and girls.
For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.