Gender Networks (formerly The Network of Networks for Gender) brings together gender employee network leaders, chairs, co-chairs and D&I leads from a broad range of industries and sectors to:
- Share best practice, particularly relating to the running of a gender network
- Educate our members in terms of gender campaigns, initiatives that affect working women
- Enable our members, through the leverage of best practice, to develop effective growth strategies within their networks
- Provide a platform for cross-company, network collaboration
- Facilitate network hacks to help networks grow
- Support and educate network leaders by expanding their knowledge of their peer group network campaigns, strategies, events and gender initiatives
- Provide a forum for our members to meet other network leaders
- Provide opportunities for network to network mentoring
Gender Networks was originally launched in 2009 as The Network of Networks (TNON) by current co-chair Vanessa Vallely alongside senior individuals from Bank of New York Mellon and Morgan Stanley. The aim was to create an informal networking forum to share challenges and opportunities as well as leverage peer-to-peer support to enable network success and growth.
Over the past seven years, TNON network expanded to 135 companies and 330 members. In 2012, Vanessa Vallely was joined by her co-chair, Birgit Neu, who was fundamental in shaping TNON’s strategy and membership base. In 2013 TNON also launched a BAME chapter and in 2014 an LGBT chapter. These chapters still exist today under The Network of Networks brand.
In 2016, due to the growth of the Gender Chapter and requirements of our members, TNON Gender has become a formal membership organisation under the new brand, Gender Networks.