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Monthly Meeting with Guest Speaker

January 2013 Meeting with Guest Speaker


James Hansen

International Entrepreneur


  It’s seldom that Gig Harbor is honored with a local-born native of such distinguished professional accomplishments that include Vice-Consul for the American Consulate General in Italy, Aide to Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (U.S. Department of State), and Foreign Correspondent for The Daily Telegraph in London. James Hansen, born in Tacoma, has spent most of his adult life in Europe. He is the CEO of Hansen Worldwide, a Milan-based consulting firm specializing in assisting companies in Italy and worldwide with planning and execution of international communications projects. In addition, Mr. Hansen represents the Wall Street Journal in Italy and further owns and operates a news service for foreign correspondents based in Italy.

Between the crisis of the euro, bankruptcies, crushing taxation, really bad government, rapacious banks, corruption and even the Mafia, running a smallish business in modern Italy can be something of a challenge. Jim intends to tell his listeners about a working environment that may make them feel slightly better about the one they themselves find when they go to work each morning. He says, however, that the food continues to be very good in what has been called the "soft underbelly" of Europe.

This super-busy entrepreneur will share his international business experiences, how the entrepreneurial world has changed and what we need to stay globally “connected”.

Our monthly meetings feature a guest speaker or other instructional format on topics of interest to female entrepreneurs.

You will meet other women business owners, share your challenges and experiences, and walk away with information that will take your business to the next level.

Bring your business cards to enter drawings for prizes donated by members of AWOB.  Bring a door prize from your business and have a few minutes to promote your company.

This event is free to AWOB members and for first time guests.  The charge for all others is $25, payable at the door.  Join AWOB and attend all of the events for free!  You can sign up at this meeting.  If you haven't renewed your dues yet, be sure to do so!

 Please join us after the meeting at the Inn's Restaurant/lounge for an after hours where we will enjoy drinks and food and continue our conversation and enjoy each other's company.

Looking Forward to seeing you there.

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  • Lisa M.

    How many memebers of this Meetup have officially joined AWOB and paid annual dues ? This is not required to be on this meet up. We just do not currently denote our members from our friends on our meet up list. By December, we had over 100 members and we hope to exceed that soon. If you are interested in more information or a membership application, visit us on Facebook or our website. Make it a great 2013! ~~Lisa Markman AWOB President

    January 7, 2013

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