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An employee network can provide the support you need to get ahead

executives also serve as a resource for the group.

“When I have a chance to talk to the president or a regional manager of Shell, it’s a wonderful experience for me professionally and personally,” says Doyle, who chairs the S.B.N.G.’s diversity committee. “If I weren’t in the network, the chance of that happening would be less likely. But now I have inroads to leaders of the company.”

Doyle’s advice to others thinking about participating in a networking group is simple: get involved. You must be more than a name on a membership list, she says. “You benefit most when you’re active in furthering the goals of the group,” says Doyle. “You get out of it what you put in.”

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