Well hello there, welcome to the Quarter Club
Thanks for stopping by. GREAT MOVE.
We are THE QUARTER CLUB – a leading network for creative, ambitious women.
By the time we reach our mid-twenties, there are lots of social pressures around the idea of ‘having your shit together’: you need to have your career sorted, be settled into a conventional relationship, own a nice car and a comfortable home, and have one eye on what’s happening with your ovaries. Watch any mainstream advertising slot on TV, and that’s what we’re being sold: mortgages, dating sites, nice cars etc.
But all of these ‘lifestyles’ are being marketed to a generation who have grown up with the internet which has opened up the notion of ‘choice’ to the next level and has changed our modes of living. Us millenials are so-called ‘job-hoppers’. Many of us are skilled at juggling five or six jobs. The idea of a single career narrative (that many of our parents experienced) has been replaced by the ‘portfolio career’. And it’s exciting! But damn it’s also stressful when society’s expectations haven’t caught up!
This societal discord can make us feel uncomfortable and lost, but when you begin to make connections with people experiencing similar dilemmas, it can be incredibly empowering. This is what we have tapped into at The Quarter Club: a place to change this (often) negative dialogue into something positive and empowering; a space for women to converse, collaborate and support each other; and an opportunity to do all this in real life.
The IRL bit is the thing we think is vital. So much of our personal and professional time is spent online connecting through heavily curated personal narratives, digital snapshots and 140 character limits. This ability to self-brand is part of what facilitates a portfolio career, and of course it’s valuable! But we also need spaces where you can enjoy nuance and authenticity without the glare of a screen or an Instagram filter. Making time for IRL encounters, and building off-line networks, is for us, the best tonic.
And this is what The Quarter Club is all about!
We are open to all people who identify as female, who work and/or think creatively. It is a space to reach sideways as well as upwards for inspiration – a space to be authentic and to share stories, ideas and creativity.
Every Quarter, we host a big beautiful Salon on a particular theme. So far we’ve had Courage, Balance, Decision, Satisfaction & Power. We then fill the months in-between with skills based Quarter Labs, Speak Easies and Pitching Parlours. We are led entirely by the needs of the network, and we’re always open to hear about your ideas for new events / projects.
So JUMP IN, join us here or in person at our next event and if near is actually pretty far, keep in touch – we’ll be expanding around the UK soon. Our first Bristol Salon is taking place in October 2017!