Speakers engage at ‘Women Mean Business’ event

Originally published in the Daily Republic on March 12, 2017 By Bill Hicks.

Christina Baird of Little Wing Connections speaks during a “Women Mean Business” event at the Fairfield Civic Center Library, Saturday. The event is hosted by the Solano County Library and is the second of three events designed to help women navigate business ownership. Baird discussed accountability and assuming responsibility for public welfare. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

The Solano County Library hosted the second of three events designed to help women navigate the sometimes daunting path to business ownership with the “Women Mean Business” series of discussions.

A panel of guest speakers offered insights on a range of different topics intended to foster the development of women-owned-and-operated businesses.

A featured speaker at the event Saturday at the Fairfield library was Christina Baird of Little Wing Connections, a public relations and marketing firm.

Much of the focus of Baird’s discussion centered around the concept of accountability and assuming responsibility for community welfare.

“It doesn’t really matter what you do individually, if your community isn’t coming along with you, you aren’t going to get very far,” Baird said. “The more you give and have the attitude of serving, the more you can be of a greater benefit to the community as a whole.”

Women possess the same leadership and creative skills as men, Baird said, but the real key was for each group to appreciate the talents of others regardless of gender.

“It all comes back to the idea of being accountable and working together,” Baird said.

Events like this could prove beneficial to women interested in starting a business but unsure exactly how to begin. And with recent women’s strikes and women’s marches making national headlines, the timing was fitting for the library.

“I think engagements like this help women realize they don’t have to give up their power,” Baird said. “They can run big businesses, they can run small businesses, they can go out and make their visions a reality.”

The third and final installment of the “Women Mean Business” series will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. March 18 at the Vacaville Town Square Library.

For more information, visit www.solanolibrary.com/women-mean-business.

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