Congratulations! Yes, you did find a treasure! If you are reading this, we know one one thing for sure - we have something in common. Let's explore...

Doesn't matter if you happen to be an entrepreneur, manager, recent graduate, attorney, physician, fashion rebel, CFA, CPA, MBA, yoga teacher, a monk or whatever as long as you have the fire in you to make a difference to the community around you. The power of this group will be behind you. Read further to find out...

This group is designed to operate at the intersection of traditional universities and the real world. Why? Have you not noticed a large gap yet? Has such gaps been fixed in decades? You know it.

Why entrepreneurship? Because it creates freedom. Yes, even an employee who has an entrepreneurial mindset is more valuable to the firm (with good leadership & management).

Why freedom? How else will you attain the peace-of-mind? If you don't have it, can you give it to others? Someone had answered with a yes and stated the rationale "easier to achieve collectively in a team with competent people around" (no, this group is nothing about MLM if you are thinking about that.)

Why do founders of this group care about this strange topic? Well, the answer is the same as why Columbus cared about exploring the Americas. The answer is - we don't know. We are just passionate about this.

Our experience in leading a group like this? You will have to have millions of dollars if you want to have the leaders of this forum on your payroll. But, we are free. We bring top quality education, degrees, certificates, work experience, and entrepreneurial commitments. Our intention is to de-monopolize and disrupt the traditional chain and restore the collective freedom.

Enough of philosophy? Okay, so let's transition beyond this. This group is all about "practical" skills in areas that matter to nearly all individuals regardless of the chosen profession. Strong skills give you confidence. Confidence drives results with minimum efforts. That in turn frees us from many self-made personal and financial traps.

So, what kind of skills? Well, think about it. Either you are making money for yourself directly or doing so indirectly by working for someone else. Regardless, the key challenge remains the same. Are your skills up-to-date to sustain your aspirations? If not, are you leveraging your soft-skills a little too much based on your fear!? Well, that fear will only get multiplied further. A better solution might be to address the root cause - update your hard skills.

What hard/semi-hard skills are we talking about here? All those practical skills that matter to entrepreneurs, mid-career managers, and young professionals. Below are some examples:

** Formulating Strategy (vision, ideas & concepts, sector coverage, kickstarting, business plans, etc.)
** Implementing Strategy (program management, partnerships, etc.)
** Building Financial Plan (funding, cash flows, P&L, investment, global coverage, etc.)
** Developing Marketing Strategy (differentiation, pricing, promotions, channels, etc.)
** Designing Operational Model (process, roles, responsibilities, etc.)
** Leveraging Information Technology (strategic architecture, security, etc.)

** Managing Talent & Human Resources (empowerment, training, etc.)

** Learning Negotiation Skills (preparation, conducting, interfacing with parties, etc.)

** Delivering Business Presentations (structure of thoughts, leadership presence, etc.)

** Most importantly, enhancing confidence!

How do we know these skills are critical? We created focused "temporary" groups for these and listened to the market first-hand! You can check them out while they exist - ask for the links!

Did you know? This new forum as well as the earlier "temporary" ones have been masterminded by our leadership team to kick off the next age of "intellectual" revolution!

Interested? This is your chance to be a part of a history in making by joining, taking advantage of the free workshops filled with practical hands-on skills, and contributing in creative ways to this member-led forum!

EMD Leadership Team

************History: About Us!**********

P.S. In 2011 alone, our 1,000+ driven members’ contributed significantly to the rebuilding of the United States in its financial capital, the New York City! The leaders & volunteers offered these focused workshops via targeted "temporary" forums and felt the pulse of the community & marketplace.

1) NYC Entrepreneurship:

http://www.meetup.com/NYC-FS-EMD-01/

2) NYC MBAs & General Managers

http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Practical-MBA-Forum/

3) NYC Financial Managers, Accountants, etc.

http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Entrepreneurship-...

4) NYC Alternative Investment Professionals

http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Alternative-Investments-Practical-Forum/

5) NYC Business Presentations & Public Speaking

http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Business-Speaking-Forum/

6) NYC Underemployed Professionals

http://www.meetup.com/NYC-UUP-Forum/

7) NYC Financial Sector & IT Professionals

http://www.meetup.com/NYC-IT-Finance-Practical-Forum/

8) NYC Fashion & Creative Entrepreneurs

http://www.meetup.com/Left-Brained-Business-for-Right-Brained-People/

http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Fashion-Rebels/

9) NYC International Sports - Cricket

http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Cricket-Lovers-of-Live-Games/

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