The Connective to focus on female entrepreneurs

Posted on Dec 11, 2018 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
Jessica Thiel
Posted by of Insight Publications

Bridget O’Connor, principal and founder of O’Connor Connective, has opened The Connective, a center that caters to the needs of female entrepreneurs.

O’Connor purchased a 10,000-square-foot professional office building located at 320 Main Ave. on De Pere’s west side. The Connective offers individual offices within shared suites. It aims to provide the sense of community of co-working environments with the privacy to advance independent business needs.

“We are especially interested in those who offer services that could help advance small and family business, such as legal, HR or IT consultants,” O’Connor said. “Combined with our ability to offer marketing, communications and strategic planning services, we’d like to see it become a hub to benefit those who work in this space as well as those who could benefit from shared expertise.”

O’Connor Connective has engaged with the Donald J. Schneider School of Business & Economics at St. Norbert College to identify the needs of women in business in the region. With that information will come intentional conversations around how to best meet the needs of women — and men — in further building a diverse executive leadership population in the region.

“We seek to build on what’s going on. This is a particular step our company can take. Over time, we hope The Connective will be a meaningful place that partners with public and private groups to further advance women in business,” O’Connor said. “We don’t seek to be the only — but one of. We want to not just be part of the conversation, we want to roll up our sleeves and make an impact.”