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Women of the Green Generation: Eco-business networking events for her

wogg Women of the Green GenerationMale speakers and panelists often far outnumber women at business conferences and panels, but a green network and organization’s working to change that. Women of the Green Generation brings together women environmentalists to a monthly networking event featuring green women entrepreneurs as speakers, panelists, and workshop leaders.

Created in 2009 by event organizer and green brand representative Kris Wiley, Women of the Green Generation offers green business networking opportunities with a fun girls’ night out feel — complete with decadent organic desserts and drinks. A diverse group of women — from top-level executives in mainstream companies to small business entrepreneurs to freelance consultants to new job seekers — come together to mix, mingle, and learn.

A fast-growing group, Women of the Green Generation held its first annual conference last year, an all-day affair featuring speakers, workshops, raw food demos, and panels — on one of which I was a panelist — as well as a small expo of green products and services. A second conference is in the works for May this year, but in the meantime, Women of the Green Generation continues its monthly events.

And this month’s event will feature Zhena Muzyka, the founder of one of my favorite organic tea companies — Zhena’s Gypsy Tea. Apinya Pokachaiyapat, the founder of Raksa, an eco-friendly movement studio and cafe in Culver City, and Tracy DiNunzio, founder of wedding marketplace, will also speak about launching and growing a green business today.

The women-only networking fun happens on Wed., Feb. 16 from 7 pm to 10 pm at Raksa, 10846 Washington Blvd., Culver Cit. Admission costs $20 at the door — but advance online purchase will get you two-for-one admission. For those who want free access to all 2011 Women of the Green Generation events — including the second annual conference — an annual membership‘s available for $150.