Issue 174 - 01 | Why Women Are Especially Well-Suited for Professional Partnerships

By Claire Mazur & Erica Cerulo
Published March 22, 2019 10:00 a.m.
“When taking a stroll down the business-partnership hall of fame, many of the names that jump to mind are likely male ones: Jobs and Wozniak, Gates and Allen, Procter and Gamble, Ben and Jerry. With this rich history of two men coming together to build something from nothing, often in a garage in Silicon Valley, as the lore goes, a person would be justified in presuming that there is something about the nature of the way that men work and form relationships that makes them especially good at forging professional bonds that provide fertile ground for building something big.

But in researching and conducting the interviews for our book Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses, we found support for a different idea altogether: that it’s women and their relationships that are especially ripe for professional partnerships. The reason that these pairings aren’t the ones we’re quick to reference has everything to do with a workplace culture that has, for as long as it’s existed, privileged men and their approach to business. But slow and steady progress toward dismantling male dominance at the office has carved out space for women to collaborate instead of compete professionally, and that’s set the stage for change. As more and more women have taken the opportunity to form meaningful partnerships with one another, they’ve started to reveal the power that those pairings can have and to shift perception of what it looks like when women work together.”

About Claire Mazur & Erica Cerulo | Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo founded Of a Kind in 2010 and have developed a reputation as important and influential curators at the forefront of the maker movement, with a knack for identifying “the next big thing” when it’s still a small thing. In addition to unearthing America’s most talented up-and-coming designers for feature on their website, Mazur and Cerulo have also become known for their highly popular “10 Things” newsletter and its podcast companion “A Few Things,” where they expand their enthusiasm for new discoveries across product and lifestyle categories. Accolades include Forbes’s “30 under 30,” InStyle’s “Best of Web,” and Fashionista’s “50 Most Influential People in New York Fashion.” founded Of a Kind in 2010 and have developed a reputation as important and influential curators at the forefront of the maker movement, with a knack for identifying “the next big thing” when it’s still a small thing. In addition to unearthing America’s most talented up-and-coming designers for feature on their website, Mazur and Cerulo have also become known for their highly popular “10 Things” newsletter and its podcast companion “A Few Things,” where they expand their enthusiasm for new discoveries across product and lifestyle categories. Accolades include Forbes’s “30 under 30,” InStyle’s “Best of Web,” and Fashionista’s “50 Most Influential People in New York Fashion.”

https://www.ofakind.com/

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