by: Cho Thiri Maung
One of my objectives to come to U.S is to extend the network and enhance the cooperation between businesses in the U.S. and businesses in Myanmar. Today, we are invited to have lunch with the Missoula Businesswomen’s Network. It was a great opportunity for me to be there. MBN was founded in 1985 and committed to increase the personal and professional effectiveness of its members by providing business and professional women with multiple forums for exchange of ideas, experiences, and social interactions. At that same time, MBN encourages professional development of business and professional women through educational presentations and also creates public awareness of the diverse and significant contributions of women in the business and professional community.
Normally, MBN arranges the meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 11:45am for the entire group. Today meeting started with the introduction of each member. I think this is a wonderful opportunity for MBN members to tell the group about themselves and their business. They call it the “One Minute Elevator Speech” in which everyone gets one minute to tell about herself. During the meeting, I have met business women from different industries and that kind of networking is a great thing to do when we are in business, it builds connections and relationships and again is a great resource for learning, business building, and friendships.
After the introduction session, there is a business talk on “Setting Priorities in Your Financial Life” by Ms. Sydney Carlino. She enjoyed sharing her knowledge about setting financial life. I have learned that the most important thing about setting financial goals is that we need to deliberate about our spending and saving. Again, we also need to look to the future. What do we want to accomplish? It is important to create measurable goals that can be accomplished. So, I found that setting financial priorities can help us make the changes necessary to get to where we want to be.
Finally, I believe that MBN is trying to foster interaction among women leaders, enabling them to exert their influence for the betterment of the entire community. Indeed, women are fantastic communicators, and one of the most exhilarating experiences I have felt in this meeting is that there would be a bunch of ideas, energy and engaging conversation when we have a room of very talented, genuine, diverse and creative women in one place.
It was such a great experience 🙂