When looking to network with women in finance, 85 Broads is one place to turn. The group started as a network for women who worked at Goldman Sachs back when the company was located at 85 Broad Street. It has since expanded to include women in a range of fields, including finance, law and others.
Kelly Hoey, president of 85 Broads, is particularly interested in helping people leverage their contacts through social networking and oversees the company's Twitter feed. Here's who @85Broads is following on Twitter.
1. Steve Forbes
"It's Steve, the CEO, tweeting," Hoey said. As in the head of Forbes Media and former U.S. presidential canddiate. She likes that he engages in conversation and the feed is a direct look at his own opinion, unfettered by a PR team.
Sample Tweet: "Market oversold.Econ news not great but crummy prices more than reflect that.Double dip recession? No.Econ not robust but its not shrinking"
2. Sharon Vosmek
Sharon Vosmek is the CEO of Astia, a San Francisco nonprofit offering programs to help fund high-growth, high-potential women-founded start-ups. "Entrepreneurs are the back-bone and life-blood of the economy," Hoey said.
Sample Tweet: "Goal from #WeOwnItSummit: elim entrep hurdles by creating incentives for women to become entrepreneurs at any stage of life"
3. Cindy Padnos
Cindy Padnos is the founder of Oakland, Calif., Illuminate Ventures, an early-stage venture-capital firm that targets U.S.-based high-growth companies. She tweets about innovative VC funding, offering the "best research on women start-ups in high tech," according to Hoey.
Sample Tweet: "Check this video out -- The Silicon Valley Entrepreneur - The Impact of Women in Start-ups http://youtu.be/HQ1nLs68CLw"
4. Acumen Fund
This feed is run by Jacqueline Novogratz, the CEO of Acumen Fund, a global nonprofit with offices in New York, Nairobi, Karachi and Hyderabad, promoting an "innovative 'patient capital' approach to addressing poverty." Novogratz focuses on investing in and empowering entrepreneurs in developing countries using small amounts of philanthropic capital.
Sample Tweet: "Small Premiums, Long Term Benefits: Why Poor Women Need Microinsurance (from @nextbllion) http://ow.ly/1ZfpU"
Alexa von Tobel began LearnVest, an online personal financial education site based in New York, as a student at Harvard Business School. She wanted to create an online platform that would allow women to take control of their finances. Hoey said she finds von Tobel's drive and vision to become an entrepreneur in her 20s inspiring.
Sample Tweet: "Breaking Personal Finance Regulation -- @LearnVest Covers the Story. The New Overdraft Law: What Does It Mean For You? http://su.pr/AOYO1e"
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