Jerrilynn B. Thomas
Founder & Women’s LinkedIn Collaborative Marketing Strategist
I was inspired by the founders of iVillage, Women’s Wire, and more that launched in the mid 90’s.
I landed online in the mid ’90s when it was merely a series of bulletin boards, listservs, and few thousand websites with a dream to connect with like-mind women from across the globe while bringing in additional income for my family. It was a Godsend for me since I was extremely introverted. Some of the same women I met at the start of my journey on the Digital Women listserv are still a part of my networking circle.
Savvy Female Entrepreneur Led to Online Women’s Chamber of Commerce
My journey began with a newsletter, Savvy Female Entrepreneur, and morphed into the Women’s News Bureau as I soaked up the knowledge shared by the wonderful women I met. I continued my journey by launching a women’s networking site, The Business Diva Network to keep up with the ever-changing Internet which morphed into the International Virtual Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
Found my true calling with Women Partner
The International Virtual Women’s Chamber of Commerce morphed into Women Partner to cement my dedication to helping women partner instead of merely selling to each other. I really loved providing women with creative cross-marketing ideas based upon the type of business they had.
Enhanced Women Partner to Make a Bolder Statement: “Smart Women Partner & Grow Rich”
“Smart Women Partner & Grow Rich!” is a quote I came up with years ago to inspire my female LinkedIn connections to forge collaborative marketing relationships with me. When I finally decided to build a website to promote the importance of forging collaborative marketing partnerships using LinkedIn, I knew it was the perfect name.
The names of my websites and ventures may have changed but my focus has always been the same — working with collaborative spirited women.
Experimented with One Million Woman Link Up Years Ago
I tested the waters years ago with my signature business initiative, the One Million Woman Link Up, by getting women to sign a pledge to engage in collaborative marketing activities in exchange for taking part in an online networking mixer. It was well-received. It wasn’t until the Million Woman March that I decided to devote my full attention to creating a women’s business movement around LinkedIn with a special emphasis on the Shop Local movement. It was so inspiring to see women come together on a local, national, and global level to impact change.
Shared Marketing Experience for the Offline & Online Women in Biz Community
One of the goals of Smart Women Partner & Grow Rich is ensuring that Main Street business and professional women are able to access the invaluable online marketing skills of local virtual businesswomen to push their monthly marketing messages on LinkedIn, Twitter, Google My Business, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc., in return for providing them with offline marketing exposure.
- Small group business introduction events
- Collaborative marketing partner matchmaking events
- Intimate LinkedIn publicity and promotion campaigns that target women
My 5 to Thrive
I am interested in partnering with …
- Business development & growth consultants
- Collaborators & micro-influencers
- LinkedIn experts, Instagram experts, Twitter experts, etc. (must specialize in one specific social networking platform)
- Sales & marketing experts
- Networking experts & leaders of business groups/organizations
We will keep you updated on the progress of our 2020 Influential Women LinkedIn Business Lists so you can request to be included. The lists include Influential African American Business Women You Should Follow On LinkedIn; Phenomenal Female B2B Authors Who Can Take Your Business to the Next Level; 200,000 Business Introductions: Female LinkedIn Members Who See the Value in Rising to the Top Together; & more.