Last month BD shared tricks of the HR trade around how to ask for a pay rise and how to handle those tricky, and sometimes uncomfortable situations at work. Continuing the career advice, Girlboss, the media startup created by Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, has announced its latest launch, a sleeker, more millennial-friendly alternative to LinkedIn.
The announcement was made at the fifth Girlboss Rally, a conference empowering women to take their careers, side hustles, and small businesses seriously.
“The feeling of the event is something I wanted to extend beyond two days out of the year,” said Amoruso. “I’ve always wanted to do something we can give to our community, and women at large, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
With Girlboss’s new professional network, women entrepreneurs, creatives, and freelancers can connect with like-minded peers and notable members like Beth Comstock, Arianna Huffington, and Bozoma St. John, just a few of the prominent names that will lead the “ask me anything” sessions on the platform.
Amoruso sees the member profiles as an updated, more comprehensive take on the résumé. Members can share their work experience alongside a snappy fill-in-the-blank bio, and their horoscope reading.
“I hope women can share not just what they do, but who they are, and bring a sense of their personality and aspirations and things they’re really proud of to their profiles,” said Amoruso. “There’s a sense of levity. This isn’t a stiff, stale professional networking environment.”
The membership is free, and anyone can join. “We want to be really accessible to everyone out there,” Amoruso added. “Often it’s the women who can’t afford to join a members-only club who need this platform most.”
The Girlboss network is now live as a web app and accessible on Girlboss.com, with a mobile app in the works.