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NETWORKING IN THE GIRLS’ LOUNGE

The Power of Connections

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.”

—AFRICAN PROVERB

IN A HILTON HOTEL SUITE high over Midtown Manhattan, Shelley Zalis, fifty-three, is rearranging the furniture. It’s tighter quarters than she is used to for her Girls’ Lounge, and a crowd of women from the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF) conference downstairs is expected to come up for a lunchtime conversation. Undeterred by her high black wedge booties, Shelley is maneuvering some large sofas and hoisting coffee tables to make space for the dozens of women who will be attending her professional-empowerment-meets-girlfriend ...

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