Though romantic love is undeniably fulfilling, if you ask most women, their true soulmates are their best friends. Or their mom. Or the mentors who have guided every step of their career. No matter how you show your respect and love for these important women, taking a moment to pause and celebrate them will enrich your bond. Though Women’s History Month is over, any time of the year is a good time to honor the women you love, especially if they’re going through a rough patch or have had a string of successes. Here, female entrepreneurs and executives share the personal, meaningful ways they express gratitude to their tribe of badass women.
1. Listen and invest
“I show that I care about female colleagues by taking a genuine interest in their professional work and their lives outside of work. While that may be a no-brainer rather than a big idea, I am surprised by how often women feel the need to compartmentalize the rest of their life in order to be taken seriously in the workplace. I believe that a supportive environment among fellow female co-workers encourages us to embrace all of our ‘and’s’ and cultivates an environment where we can ask for and receive the support we deserve.” —Christine Wise, Chief Strategy Officer at DNA Digital Marketing.
2. Make birthdays special
“Some of the closest women in my life happen to be the amazing group of employees I have working for me. I remember all of their birthdays and go out of my way to make them all feel special on their big day. I always decorate their work space, write out a heartfelt handwritten birthday card, take everyone out for a birthday lunch celebration and surprise them with something they really have been wanting whether it be a pair of VIP tickets to a concert or even taking them on a quick weekend getaway trip.” —Heather Marianna, CEO of the Beauty Kitchen
3. Prioritize face-to-face connection
“I make it a point to have my girls over to my house for a game or wine night at least once a month. I participate in a few book clubs with different groups which always result in meaningful and thought-provoking conversations. I also connect with my friends by going for a workout or for a morning hike and grabbing coffee on weekends. Connecting in person does wonders for the soul.” —Brittany Driscoll, Co-Founder and CEO of Squeeze
4. Send some wine. (Duh.)
“I like to surprise my girls on occasion with wine delivered. Winc.com is my go-to. I have a subscription, but I don’t always want a case of wine at my house so I’ll change the address to go to my girlfriends in Miami that I can’t see in person. It’s always been a nice and well received surprise and let’s face it- who doesn’t want a bottle (or 4) or the season’s newest wines delivered?!” —Nicole Pomije, Owner, The Cookie Cups
5. Get to know their love language.
“I like to find out the love language of all of my friends, employees and contractors. This makes it easier to find great gifts that are meaningful to them. For people who love words of affirmation, I hand write lengthy notes. For people who love gifts, I put their birthdays and anniversary on my calendar so I can remember to send a simple gift.” —Pharmacist, wellness expert and author of The Clean Slate Cleanse, Dr. Lindsey Elmore.
6. Pay attention — and get specific.
“When I hear from a colleague that she loves my shoes, I send her a pair or a gift card to get her own. If I hear from a girlfriend or colleague that she’s been ‘dying to try sensory deprivation tank,’ I send her a gift card for a 60 minute float at Chicago’s FloatSixty. When one of my best friend’s husbands was hospitalized for over a month, I ordered several rounds of groceries on Instacart and a round of frozen smoothies from Project Juice. In short, listen to what they wish they had or need, and without being asked, without needing an excuse, just send it. Immediately. The surprise and delight is the real gift, I hope.” —Alyssa Rapp, CEO, Surgical Solutions