Introducing the Bad Bish Network, a New Professional Development Org for Columbus Women

Taylor Starek

Erin Scott's event had sold out.

It was her second time organizing a networking dinner, and 60 women had shown up to The Kitchen to connect and share a meal.

"I saw this hunger for young women in Columbus that want to connect with other young women who are doing big things," she says. "I wanted to create a space where young professional women could connect without bosses or men present and just talk about different career paths they're considering."

Scott, who works as a fundraising consultant and an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University, is feeding that hunger with the launch of the Bad Bish Network, a professional organization for young women in Central Ohio. It's named, she says, to reflect the "confident, sassy, smart and supportive" ladies it intends to draw.

Scott, 30, is celebrating Bad Bish's birth with an event on Aug. 22 at The Kitchen. Tickets are $16 and will include wine, appetizers and more info on what membership in the network will look like. She says the event can fit around 100 women, and nearly half of the tickets have been sold.

"The response has been overwhelming," Scott says. "I can't believe how many businesses and young women have reached out with ideas to partner and bring different topics to the table."

Membership in the Bad Bish Network, which she expects will cost roughly $100, will include access to 10 events in a year, with half being social and half being professional development events. Non-members will also be able to attend for a fee, usually between $12 and $16 per event. She'll also host members-only soirées, including an end-of-the-year celebration, a special retreat and a brunch with other female entrepreneurs and leaders in the community-all with the idea of nurturing professional relationships and keeping young talent, namely college grads, in Columbus.

"Those of us who live here have a responsibility to introduce these young people to our amazing city outside of their campuses, and my hope is that we keep some young bad bishes in town by engaging them with our network," she says.

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