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Stiletto Network by Pamela Ryckman

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The Quilting Bee Transferred to the Boardroom

Stiletto Networks emerge because their members find fast affinities. Women’s ways of bonding and communicating have always been different from men’s, so maybe the ladies are finally at ease acknowledging and accentuating these differences, integrating all sundry parts of themselves into the boardroom. Sure, women talk about transactions, but they also do girly things like hosting baby showers and swapping Manolos. Where men might fall back on sports, women use clothes and shoes as an icebreaker, the initial step to a more substantive relationship. “It’s okay to compliment another woman on her dress or shoes,” Roizen laughs. “Just because you admire what’s happening on the outside doesn’t mean you’re ...

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