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Going Global
August 2010
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Going Global
Achieving Your Dreams
If You Need Help
Honor Roll
We Get Letters
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"Creating Your Networking Game Plan: A Workshop"
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CT)
Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010
 
Golden Rolodex E-book
 
Offered by Vickie Austin of CHOICES Worldwide and Mark Gregory, "How to Prepare for an Interview" Blogger
 
Networking is important to our business and career success. When it comes to the fundamental rules of the game, we aren't always sure how to proceed. Join us for this two-hour teleseminar to create a tactical plan on how to:  
  • Identify the many, many resources in your already existing network--your "Golden Rolodex"
  • Create a written plan for getting to the next level
  • Leverage your "Golden Rolodex" conversation
  • Engage and enroll people in your mission
  • Grow your network
This teleseminar is only $49.99, which includes a handbook that will help you map out your Networking Game Plan. Early-bird discount is available if you register by September 1.  Click here for more information and to register.
Keepin' the Faith
Gary UMC
If you live in the Chicago area, are in career transition and are in need of some spiritual support, please consider yourself invited to Between Successes Career Ministry, a joint ministry of Gary United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton. We meet from 7 to 8:45 p.m. every second and fourth Monday of the month at Gary UMC, 224 N. Main Street, Wheaton, IL 60187, in Commons E (come in the west side entrance). For more information, contact me at 630-510-1900 or call Angela Stephenson from First Presbyterian at 630-200-2533.
 
Every job search needs a little faith.
This summer is all about going global. First, I spent a week on the campus of Thunderbird School of Global Management, my alma mater, to begin my new assignment as honorary Director of Alumni Affairs & Marketing for the Walker Center for Global
Annemarie Ojunga-Ochieng
Annemarie Ojunga-Ochieng
Entrepreneurship
. Then I welcomed and worked with Annemarie Ojunga-Ochieng, my newest BFF who lives in Kisumu, Kenya. Annemarie and I were introduced via Heartland International, a business exchange program here in Chicago. And now I'm in Paris, fulfilling a lifelong dream of my "junior year abroad."  Thirty years late but better late than never.
 
Here's what I learned from the Kenya project:
 
  • You don't have to leave home to have international experience. By living and working with Annemarie, who was also our houseguest, I felt I'd gone to Kenya and back. Just learning about her life and her business expanded my world.
  • It really is a small world. Suddenly the continent of Africa came alive for me and I began to distinguish cultures within other cultures.
  • People are people, no matter where we live. Annemarie and I talked about family and spent some time searching for the perfect doll house furniture for Alicia, 5, and the right video game for her son Richard, 13.
  • Americans are at a linguistic disadvantage in a global economy. Imagine coming to work and operating in another language--or three. Most Kenyans speak three languages: English for business and school, Swahili among tribes and then each person also has a native language. And sometimes it's a swirl of all three!  Annemarie is Luo and speaks that language as well.
  • Kenyans' names are in the stars. When a baby is born, he or she is given a birth name in addition
  • to their English name that tells everyone the time of day or night the baby was born. The name may also reference a particular season like harvest.  Each girl's name begins with an "A" and each boy's name begins with a "B." (You may have heard of Barack Obama?) I found this concept fetching.
My Kenyan Friends
Kenyan Group
I had the honor of working with these young Kenyans who with Heartland International are creating a Young Entrepreneurs Association (YEA) with the mission of "peace through commerce." We created a vision for the YEA early in their visit, and many of them came to enjoy the Fourth of July Parade with us in Wheaton. I also spent a day with them at DePaul University talking about "Networking: Kenyan-Style" as well as "The Positive Use of Power." These inspiring young people changed my world view forever and opened my eyes to how much we take for granted in the U.S.A. 
 
The Thunderbird project is a work-in-progress... we're working on a survey of the executive program alumni to determine how Thunderbird may have supported or influenced their transition into entrepreneurship. The best part of the project has been working with the team from the Walker Center and Barbara Carpenter from the school's executive MBA program.
 
My trip to France is for business development purposes--that's my story and I'm stickin' to it. I've been listening to Berlitz tapes to brush up on my college French. Now if only the natives will speak as slowly and distinctly as they do at Berlitz. If you'd like to write me, I'll be at 12 Rue Arago, Paris, France, 75013. I promise I'll write you back. 
Achieving Your Dreams 
This Paris sabbatical is the realization of a lifelong dream. What's your dream? I recently heard some news personalities talk about having a "Bucket List."  You know--it's that list of all the things you want to do before you "kick the bucket."  None of them professed to having oneKisumu, Kenya (an appalling lack of imagination, don't you think?). Everyone has a Bucket List whether we've put it down in writing or not. I invite you to create one of your own if you haven't already, and write it down. I'm adding "Visit Kenya" to mine.
 
If You Need Help 
If you need help creating that vision for yourself, consider registering for an upcoming teleseminar, "Your Networking Game Plan: A Workshop," scheduled for September 16, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (CT). I believe everything that's really juicy in life comes from our network (you've heard me say it before--it's all about your Golden Rolodex). Mark Gregory and I are teaming up again to offer this newPut it in writing teleseminar as a follow-up to "The Networking Game" which we offered in April. Each participant will complete the September teleseminar with a written game plan for nurturing a network that will help you fulfill those dreams. And you know what they say about the power of the written word: it works. If you're interested in participating, please click here.  P.S.  Check out the early-bird discount... and you don't have to have attended April's teleseminar in order to participate.
Honor Roll 
Many thanks to Stephanie Menning and the leadership team of Energetic Women for inviting me to participate in the 3rd AnnualTV anchor desk Energetic Women Conference in Charlotte, NC, in June... I was honored to be the moderator of the young professionals' panel as well as a facilitator for a best practices conversation on women and the art of negotiating. I also got to meet the amazing speaker Emory Austin as well as Sally Helgesen, an author whose work I've long admired. Her book The Female Advantage: Women's Ways of Leadership broke new ground in the early 1990s, and she has a new book out called The Female Vision: Women's Real Power at Work, co-written with Julie Johnson. I recommend both books to any aspiring woman leader.

Appreciation also goes to the folks at the Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship who welcomed me on campus: Dr. Robert Hisrich, Katherine Hutton, Melissa Beran Samuelson and Carol Pacelli for their warmth and hospitality and their willingness to explore with me 
Molly O'Donnell, Coordinator of Kenyan Project, Heartland International
Molly O'Donnell
connections between the executive MBA alumni and entrepreneurship.
 
And my deep thanks to Annemarie Ojunga-Ochieng for sharing her knowledge and expertise about all things Kenyan to prepare me to be a resource to Heartland International. Thanks, too, to Molly O'Donnell and Julie Stagliano for their leadership and for inviting me to participate in this exciting project. 
 
 
We Get Letters 
Photo by Matt Ferguson
Vickie Austin
My last e-newsletter on "The Squirrel Reverse" created some lively e-mail conversations, and I'm happy to say I even got one e-mail with the subject line "Saved by the Squirrel Reverse." My reader professed to having been that close to ditching her business plan, but the story put her back on track.
 
I love hearing from you, so please let me know what you're thinking by writing me.

And if you'd like to keep in touch this summer, I'll be blogging about my trip to Paris at www.quotidianadventures.blogspot.com.
 
I look forward to hearing about your summer. 
 
Love,
Vickie 
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