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Dallas Girl Gang Grows Into a Phenomenon — Humble Facebook Group Becomes a Movement

A Local Teacher Looking to Connect Started It All

BY // 08.20.19

In 2017, McKinney-native and teacher Amanda Smith created a Facebook group for her and a small group of friends. Little did she know that a group titled “Dallas Girl Gang” would blow up into an organization of more than 24,000 women.

Dallas Girl Gang is a local community of like-minded women who are connecting, finding real friendships, and growing their businesses.

Smith had recently returned to Dallas after living in Arkansas for awhile and felt like she was completely starting over.

“I knew there was an easier way to get connected and with all kinds of different people,” she tells PaperCity. “So I did something about it myself.”

After its humble beginnings as only a Facebook group, DGG has grown into Smith’s own company, To Gather LLC, that reaches more than 25,000 women every week. This includes the Gang, The Fearless Conference, and The Fearless Women Podcast, all overseen by Smith.

“I created The Fearless Conference after starting DGG and letting it just organically grow for about a year,” Smith says. “What I found was there are many female entrepreneurs in our Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex who need community, resources, and education on how to be business owners and how to grow a sustainable business.”

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The podcast came after the first year of the conference as another piece of the educational community. An episode comes out about once a week and covers subjects like work-life balance, interviews with local businesswomen (like Flea Style’s Brittany Cobb), and female empowerment.

Dallas Girl Gang’s slogan is “You can sit with us” and they really mean it. Everyone is welcome and Smith has seen the impact her company has created in the community.

“Over the last couple of years, I have heard story after story of women meeting new friends when they were lonely, finding opportunities that have now taken their life or business to the next level, getting jobs because of our email list or Facebook group, and so much more,” Smith says.

“My favorite thing is probably seeing women meet via our community and then nurture a true friendship or relationship be it for pure connection or business reasons and then they tell us it was because of the platform we facilitate. That is why we do this.”

For the future of the group, Smith says that she hopes that Dallas Girl Gang will grow to be the No. 1 place for women in Dallas (and maybe beyond) to land, find value, and be included.

“We hope to see thousands more join us by the end of 2020, which happens each month,” she says. “And cannot wait to bring more women into a community that truly cares about them.”

Dallas Girl Gang’s upcoming events include a Build Your Own Tribe Workshop on August 31 at Flea Style and Clean Beauty Mixer at Follain on September 19. You can also follow the Facebook page or join the group to keep up with future events.

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