We network for relationships and relationships require engagement. Deep connections can be forged quickly when people speak honestly about their success and failures and reveal their true self.

As Catriona Pollard tells of her recent experience attending the DELL Women's Entrepreneur Networks conference, that's where the dividends of women to women networking can really pay off.

Empathy, similar challenges, willingness to contribute are just some of the benefits of this type of networking.

Some women refuse to belong to professional female networking groups thinking they don't want to be alienated by their male colleagues for doing so.

Yet precisely as those male colleagues have been doing for so many years, mixing it with your own kind can be a powerful experience.