We can't speak for every network or community organization, but at The OWN, we feel strongly that it's up to each person to decide their own schedule, commitments, and comfort levels when thinking about joining something new. Often, that takes time, and through changing seasons in life we may feel differently about attending events or gatherings. At The OWN, we aim to provide the opportunity to come meet some amazing people, when you're ready and able. We want to create a space that's safe, comfortable, and community oriented. Since all OWNers are in the same boat of self-employment, there's common ground and a place to be understood.