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  • 23 May 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Congratulations Jim Moore of Wingspan for the big celebratory ground-breaking this week in Chandler.

    After years of hard work, Jim's vision is happening. His firm WingSpan delivers personalized service and a passion for aviation to its products, including commercial property development and financial products and services. Those efforts have translated into a project in Chandler that will provide private plane owners a place to rest their aircraft. Oh and not just any place to rest... but a veritable 'man (or woman)' cave for entrepreneurs who are flying enthusiasts to be inspired and grow their business, too.

    Here are some photos from the ground-breaking with Mayor Tibshraeny and a lot of folks who love Jim.

    At Global Chamber... we celebrate hard work and overnight success!

    Read more on Wingspan HERE.

  • 18 May 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Thank you to Polsinelli PHX for hosting this globinar with speakers in Phoenix, near Paris and in Scotland.

    Thank you to Alan Cary for thinking of Global Chamber® in the organization of this event and for sharing the description of the globinar (below) in French..

    Thank you to Gerrit Steenblik for hosting the event.

    Here's some facebook explanation of the event from Alan... in French. Watch for the English posting at our global blog HERE.

    Animation d'un Webinar vidéo international sur le thème de l'application du Règlement Général européen sur la Protection des Données (RGPD) à l'intention des entreprises Nord américaines

    Dans le cadre de ses réseaux internationaux, le Comité d'Expansion Économique du Val-d'Oise (CEEVO) developpe des relations avec les acteurs économiques de la région de Phoenix (Arizona), aux Etats-Unis, notamment avec l'Agence chargée du développement économique, académique et touristique du "Grand Phoenix", le East Valley Partnership, mais aussi avec le Global Chamber® Phoenix, et d'autres acteurs de ce territoire. Au titre de ce partenariat, le CEEVO a été sollicité par ses partenaires pour organiser un Webinar video international sur le thème du Règlement Général européen sur la Protection des Données (RGPD), qui sera applicable à tous à partir du 25 mai prochain . En effet, les entreprises américaines qui entretiennent des échanges avec la France doivent également se conformer à ce règlement.

    Le CEEVO a ainsi organisé ce jeudi ce Webinar avec l'intervention en ligne d'Anne-Laure Galline-Castel, Avocat d'affaires Valdoisienne, qui avait déjà animé une conférence sur ce thème lors de l'Apéritif contact du CEEVO le 14 février, puis au MEVO, à la Chambre de Commerce du Val d'Oise et au sein de plusieurs associations d'entreprises du Val d'oise

    L'occasion d'une présentation des dispositions à prendre par les entreprises avant la date butoir du 25 mai afin d'être conforme au règlement européen.

    Ce séminaire était diffusé en ligne dans les locaux du cabinet d'avocat Polsinelli, aux États-Unis, grace à l'appui du Consul honoraire de France à Phoenix, l'honorable Gerrit Steenblik, via internet, avec les partenaires américains du CEEVO et tout particulièrement avec Alan Carey, dirigeant de Global Business Inc., Doug Bruhnke, Président/CEO de la Global Chamber® et John Lewis president du East Valley Partnership.

    Ce séminaire en ligne a réuni une centaine de participants, chefs d'entreprises du monde entier,( Mexique, Japon, Etats-Unis...) y compris une représentante du US commercial Services du Gouvernement federal americain.

    A l'issue de la présentation d'Anne Laure Galline, Chris Williams, Directeur général du cabinet juridique B60, à Londres, est également intervenu, avant une session de questions /réponses au cours de laquelle Philippe Pays, Délégué à la Protection des Données, a pris la parole aux côtés d'Anne Laure Galline pour apporter des précisions concrètes en réponse aux questions posées par les participants étrangers.

  • 10 Apr 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Congratulations to Val Macias (Val-Ma Enterprises) and Indira Jeffrey (iGlobal Business Consulting) for a successful first International Trade Masters Series event at Crescent Crown distributing yesterday in Mesa.

    Wow! Great speakers, great content and wonderful overall!

    Val and Indira started the International Trade Master Series... where trade leaders from around the region discuss ways to accelerate success across metros and borders. These dynamic leaders promote international trade including customs, exports, imports, trade marks, exports’ insurance, networking and the trade between Mexico and the US. 

    Because International Trade includes several areas, each participant mentioned at least one success story to emphasize why it is important for a business to be aware of the latest best practices - and to advance their business.

    Follow Val at Val-Ma Enterprises on facebook or contact Val.

    Follow Indira at iGlobal Business Consulting on facebook or contact Indira.

    And like them, be part of the global tribe at Global Chamber!

    We're proud to have members like Val and Indira who understand and advance global trade.

    Below... one of the speakers Eduardo Gonzalez of Promexico, discussing accelerating success in Mexico.

     

     

  • 30 Mar 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Thank you to Squire Patton Boggs for the invitation to meet with two key congressional leaders on trade.

    Several of our members were able to attend. See photo below.

    We met with U.S. House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Brady (Texas), with Rep. David Schweiker (AZ).

    The good news was that both men were very positive about a renegotiated NAFTA passing in 2018. Both men also were positive about TPP although they could not commit to whether the US will join this year.

    Chairman Brady was also positive about a trade deal being done this year between the U.S. and South Korea.

    Below... Chairman Brady talking with Joel Barthelemy of GlobalMed and Dr. Jeff Trent of Tgen. ALSO below... Doug Bruhnke (Global Chamber), Joel Barthelemy (GlobalMed), Jim Ratcliff (Rowpar Pharmaceuticals) and Dr. Trent (Tgen).

    Sorry ladies, lots of men here. Come out and join us next time!

    ALSO attend our "NAFTA Update for Your Business" on May 15th, learn more HERE.

     

  • 26 Mar 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Two of our favorite globies are on the cover of AZ Business Magazine this month: Jeanine Jerkovic (City of Surprise) and Joel Barthelemy (GlobalMed).

    Thank you Joel and Jeanine for all you do to grow global business in the metro and beyond!

    Inside on page 28-35 you'll find information and stories about growing globally, featuring global tribe members Mike Patterson (Polsinelli), Mark Roberts (Alliance Bank), Steve Zylstra (AZ Tech Council) and Ruth Sobranes and Chris Camacho (GPEC).

    On page 14 you'll find another globie Stuart Graff, leading Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation regionally and beyond.

    Thank you ALL for supporting and inspiring our progress.

    From the first article....

    "The Global Chamber is a growing network of cities tethering the Greater Phoenix region to places like Mexico City, Johannesburg, Madrid and Tokyo. 

    Global Chamber acts as a connector for businesses across the globe that are looking to expand beyond their homeland borders. In this global world and economy, the Global Chamber has been very busy.

    Doug Bruhnke founded Global Chamber three years ago with the goal of connecting 525 metro areas together to help community business leaders find success in global marketplaces. In just three years, Global Chamber has grown into more than 200 cities."

    Click HERE to read more in AZ Magazine.

     

  • 28 Mar 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    The Scottsdale International Jazz Day AZ Festival will take place on April 7, 2018 from 4:00PM to 9:00 PM at the Scottsdale Performing Arts Center Fountain Stage in Old Town. This year's lineup includes artist from around the country including Jessie McGuire, Neamen Lyles, Mario Abney, Latin jazz great Carlos Rivas, vocalist Lisa Hightower and many more. The Festival is part of the month-long celebration in conjunction with Herbie Hancock and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Jazz Day which culminates worldwide on April 30, 2018,

    "We're pleased to partner with Global Chamber® for International Jazz Month including the concert April 7th," said Doc Jones, founder of International Jazz Day AZ Foundation. Tickets are on sale HERE: http://events.jazzdayaz.com/. Join us!

    In addition... the State of Arizona has made a Governor's Proclamation for "Jazz Appreciation Month and International Jazz Day".

    Congratulations Doc Jones!

     

  • 26 Mar 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    We're pleased to support the efforts by Doc Jones in creating events in April that bring Jazz to Phoenix metro.

    The first event is April 7th at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts, and Doc is pleased to announce that Alfredo Molina will be part of the concert with some special announcements and a gift to share with one of the attendees.

    Join us April 7th - more HERE about the jazz concert and later in the month our 'business of Jazz' event.

    Below... Doc Jones appeared last week on the Tina Speaks worldwide radio program... with host Tina Michelle.

     

     

  • 24 Mar 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Thank you Dave Binsfeld and your Luxembourg connections that helped arrange the visit by the global tribe to Tgen this week. One of the primary researchers Patrick Pirrotte is from Luxembourg, and he was one of the speakers - and we visited his laboratory, too.

    Also thank you to Michael Bassoff, President of the Tgen Foundation. Michael was 'employee 1' at Tgen, and we so appreciate his leadership nad openness to share the progress by Tgen in the areas of cancer treatment, neurological disorders and more.

    Tgen is a somewhat hidden global gem in downtown Phoenix and within Phoenix metro. The Translational Genomics Research Institute is a non-profit genomics research institute established in 2002 by Jeffrey Trent, the founding Scientific Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, in Phoenix.

    Read more by clicking HERE.

    Pictured below - Michael Bassoff addressing our group in the board room.

  • 13 Mar 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Global Chamber® collaborates with many organizations that help companies be more successful, locally and across metros and border. 

    We’ve recently entered into another collaborative relationship with the Phoenicians. The Phoenicians are a 75+ year old organization that used to be a committee of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, but now they are an independent entity.

    The Phoenicians has a long history of outreach to businesses, institutions and government.  They do this via luncheons with interesting speakers and by arranging field trips to go out and visits these entities in person.  Their purpose is to educate and to connect others with resources. 

    Global Chamber® members are now eligible to participate in Phoenician luncheons and trips. 

    Watch our newsletter and calendar for their events - approximately monthly.

    Thank you Dave Binsfeld, Salli Marinov and Bert Braden for your friendship and collaboration.

  • 11 Mar 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Global Chamber appreciated the opportunity of sponsoring one of the HAIL Awards on International Women's Day in a luncheon organized brilliantly by ATHENA Valley of the Sun. Thank you Kristine Quade for your leadership and collaboration!

    Here are members of the global tribe enjoying the after lunch discussions... from left Tina Sweis, Barry Wong and Andrea Conner of ATHENA International.

    Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a Proclamation proclaiming "March 2018 as 'Women's History Month' and March 8, 2018 as 'International Women's Day' " to recognize the contributions and achievements of women to our state, nation and society.

    We encourage you to read more about the Int'l Women's Day Awards by ATHENA Valley of the Sun on our facebook page HERE.

     

     

     

  • 21 Feb 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    This week we were pleased to welcome to Global Chamber...  Chief Executive Director of JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) Keiichi Nishimoto for a discussion of expanding support for business between the US and Japan.

    Nishimoto san met with our global tribe including from left... Masaya Uchida of Sojitz, Rick Moore of Research on Investment (ROI), AZ-Japan Honorary Consul Kelly Moeur, Susan Garber of Garber Marketing (Tucson). 

    There are a variety of proactive 'Invest Japan' initiatives that are available. Also there is a variety of assistance available for exporters to Japan. Please contact us for more information.

    JETRO Executive Sachiko Yonemura based in Tokyo will be speaking an an upcoming Global Chamber "Women in Global Leadership" event.

     

  • 27 Feb 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    The First Future of Global Aerospace Market & Strategic Partnership Conference discussed the Future of the Aerospace Market and the very complex world of aerospace strategic partnerships. Congratulations Dr. Joanna Szydlo-Moore of Circculus for this successful 1st year event at Sanctuary Resort. Wow! It was great!

    Shown (below) - the kickoff dinner with keynote speaker Alfredo Molina, Chairman of the Consular Corps AZ and CEO of Molina Fine Jewelers.

    During the conference there was a discussion of market trends and how executives can position their corporate strategies for OEMs, Airlines and their partners to be successful.

    There were a variety of key sub-topics (below) and attendees were treated to high-level contacts in Aerospace from around the state and world.

    • CMO, commercial and military OEM’s strategies
    • After market strategy
    • Strategic partnership and offsets
    • How to become global aerospace supplier?
    • Export challenges & opportunities
    • Applied technology collaboration & innovation
    • Aerospace key tools & IT challenges
    • Importance of lobbing & local governments support

     

  • 26 Feb 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Several members of the global tribe met with U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to discuss global trade opportunities.

    Exporters in the delegation included Joel Barthelemy of GlobalMed and Jim Ratcliff of Rowpar Pharmaceuticals. Carol Colombo, US Trade Rep for Arizona was also part of the discussion as we found common ground on trade issues. Rep. Sinema 'gets it' - and is a long time supporter of NAFTA, TPP and Exim Bank.

    Good news: she's running for U..S. Senate... and Arizona will not lose its' voice on trade when Senator Flake leaves if Rep. Sinema is elected. In many ways she is stronger than Senator Flake, who has opposed Exim Bank without a reasonable explanation why other than ideology.

    Running for Kyrsten Sinema's seat is Mayor Greg Stanton, who we know as a cross-border trade force, especially with Mexico. And so this looks so far!

    Thank you global tribe for raising your voice for trade.

     

    From left, Nicholas Odem, Joel Barthelemy, Mike Langley, Carol Colombo, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Jim Ratcliff, Tina Sweis and Doug Bruhnke.

  • 12 Feb 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    With 85% of business growth happening outside of the U.S., and over 99.7% of new business being created outside of Arizona, more and more companies and communities are accessing new global opportunities. That's why we're here... helping members of Global Chamber access new opportunities, and GROW!

    Last month Jeanine Jerkovic, Director of Economic Development for City of Surprise, delivered the International Report Card for Metro Phoenix as part of the International State of the Metro, by Global Chamber Phoenix.

    Jeanine shared mostly good news! Regional businesses are increasingly taking advantage of global business opportunities, and growing.

    It wasn’t always that way, as Arizona historically has made slower progress with international trade compared to most coastal states and other regions, including Colorado and Illinois. Those states along with Florida, New York and California have higher exports per capita and foreign direct investment (FDI). Exports and FDI support approximately 190,000 jobs in Arizona, and if the state could deliver global business like those states, another 100,000 jobs would be created. That’s the benefit of looking outside our borders for opportunity!

    Many regional businesses have seen the opportunity of tapping into the global pool, and they’re bringing money back to metro Phoenix in the way of export dollars, foreign direct investment and tourism. Jeanine’s overall report card of B+ for Arizona was an improvement from 4 years ago when the region was at best at B-. For example, regional export success stories that are creating jobs include BioHumaNetics, growing aggressively in Latin America, Wisdom Natural Brands, a recent winner of a national U.S. export award, and GlobalMed Telemedicine, gaining significant national and international contracts in 2017. Exports from the metro have grown to $12.8 billion per year, with top export markets being Mexico, Canada, China, the U.K., Germany, Singapore, Japan and Thailand.

    Also regional foreign direct investment successes are on the rise, including IRIS USA from Japan in Surprise, and Scientex from Malaysia and Zummit Plastics from Mexico in Phoenix. These are significant investments that found their way to Arizona. The region still has a long way to go, but we are lucky to have many talented business leaders here who are blazing the trail to grow exports and encourage investment.

    Global Chamber members are involved with global business through exporting, importing, tourism and investment. For instance it is noted that some recent notable commercial real estate transactions have a global component.

    “Like the 618,000 SF deal signed by UPS as a distribution hub for e-commerce,” said Rod Beach, Principal at Cresa Phoenix. “In addition, McKesson moved from Old Town Scottsdale to the 101 in Scottsdale, increasing their presence in the local market, driven by global growth.”

    The City of Phoenix has grown to almost 1.7 million residents, ranking as the 5th most populous city in the United States. As more business continues to expand and relocate to Phoenix, industry has become more diverse. 

    “Commercial space vacancies continue to decline, pushing rental rates up to record market highs,” says Renee Ervanian, Senior Vice President at Heiple Travers Realty. “In depth market knowledge and creativity are now required when a business is looking to relocate and secure a new location.”

    Some of the metro cities especially Surprise and Phoenix, and to some extent Tempe, have global programs in place to increase exposure to, and success with, foreign investors. Activities like Jeanine Jerkovic’s recent meetings with Global Chamber members from other countries and her team’s active work in Toronto, bode well for future growth and success.

    These programs often create investment that replaces more traditional commercial real estate.

    “More medical offices, call centers and other firms are moving to retail centers to take advantage of their abundant parking and easy access,” said Paul Blum of WestUSA Commercial Real Estate. “Forward thinking developers and contractors will benefit from re-purposing shopping centers and industrial buildings to the new economic imperatives.”

    The recent announcement of Bill Gates’ development or the new City of Belmont near Buckeye will have major global and local implications as well.

    “The impact of Belmont on the Arizona economy will be tremendous,” said Anita Verma-Lallian, Director at Vermaland.  “The region will benefit from the growth of Belmont.  Additionally, not only does it identify Arizona as a cutting edge place to build a city of the future, it highlights the natural characteristics Arizona has to support a cutting edge city that will revolutionize future developments.”

    Tapping in to global opportunities drives success locally. According to NAR, Infographic Report 2017, “US Home Sales to Foreigners Skyrocket”, Arizona is highlighted as one of the top 5 states for foreign buyers. with Florida, Texas, California and New Jersey, with total sales of $153 billion.

    “That is a 49% increase from the year before from top nations, such as China, Canada, UK, Mexico and India,” says Maha Kapageridis, Realtor® with Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Arizona, working with foreign investors.

    Are you interested to learn more about the global business opportunities?

    Contact us!

    Doug Bruhnke, CEO/founder of Global Chamber

     

    Doug Bruhnke is CEO/founder of Global Chamber, a growing and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and leaders in 525 metro regions around the world, helping companies and communities gain access to global growth opportunities.

     

    Some additional resources...

    Global Chamber Phoenix: www.phoenix.globalchamber.org

    Global Chamber Tucson: www.tucson.globalchamber.org

    Global Chamber: www.globalchamber.org

    Arizona District Export Council: www.azexports.com

    Global Ties AZ: www.globaltiesarizona.org

    Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations: www.PCFRaz.org

    Scottsdale Sister Cities: www.scottsdalesistercities.com

  • 24 Jan 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Thank you to the global tribe for attending last night's International State of the Metro!

    We were honored to have amazing speakers... thank you ALL! Jeanine kicked it off with our most comprehensive report card on international activities, EVER! Watch for a separate blog post on that.

    • Jeanine Jerkovic, City of Surprise: Metro Phoenix International Report Card
    • Kate Gallego - Phoenix City Councilwoman: PHX Progress and Opportunities
    • Daniel Valenzuela - Phoenix City Councilman: PHX Progress and Opportunities
    • Dr. Heather Ross - Candidate for AZ CD 6: Regional/Federal Opportunities
    • Maria Elena Gallego - President & CEO at Collectron Int'l: Business Viewpoint

    The VERY FIRST time that the announced Phoenix Mayoral Candidates spoke in public, they discussed international business.

    How far have we come as a community? WOW!

    Thank you to all our sponsors as well! You're amazing!!

    • DIRTT - thank you for hosting!
    • Collectron International - thank you Maria Elena for speaking, too!
    • Tommy Bahama Scottsdale (Kierland) - thank you for donating the gift basket, won by Naini Mandala, Dr. Director of IT at Albertson's Companies of Phoenix.

     

  • 17 Jan 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    As the Mayor of Buckeye and the Chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council, one might wonder why I am promoting exporting. There are a number of good reasons. People may not realize Buckeye is located just 356 miles from the port in Los Angeles. This proximity to California means that exporting and freight are essential to the future growth of Buckeye, as well as the Sun Corridor. Our rapid population growth in Buckeye and throughout the region means we are very interested in how we can grow high wage jobs for our residents. Jobs in exporting have higher average wages.

    For these reasons and more, I invite you to join the 2018 EDGE (Economic Development for the Global economy) Program.

    The 2018 Sun Corridor EDGE Program celebrates and supports businesses that are selling to international markets. Businesses of all sizes and in all sectors are invited to apply for this program by February 28, 2018. Businesses in Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal Counties are encouraged to apply at www.jpacaz.org. Please join us on April 26, 2018 as we highlight the businesses that are showing the world that the Sun Corridor is open for business. Businesses that join the EDGE Program may also participate in one of two ExporTech boot camps. All their costs will be reimbursed when they develop their export plan and complete the three month class. Assistance is also available to help them go to market, such as attending trade shows in other countries.

    This work is made possible thanks to a grant from the Federal Highway Administration and the Arizona Department of Transportation, as well as through the partnership of regional planning agencies and economic development organizations in the Sun Corridor.

    By Mayor Jackie Meck, City of Buckeye

    Regional Council Chair, Maricopa Association of Governments

  • 04 Jan 2018 by Doug Bruhnke

    Thank you to our members for supporting this crazy fun idea of helping business grow across metros and borders!

    We get to have enjoy coming in to work every day because of you. It is with gratitude that we begin 2018.

    The idea of Global Chamber began in the businesses of Phoenix metro, and now as we start our 4th year and our membership is climbing.

    We're so thankful!

    Our daily efforts have evolved from events-only to providing warm introductions to new clients, partners and resources to help companies and communities grow. We also now provide mentoring and peer-to-peer advisory for leaders and companies valuing a global mindset and the key activities it takes to grow across metros and borders.

    So again we thank you very much for your support. And let us know how we can help further.

    All the best, Doug

  • 17 Dec 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    It's coming! The 11th Annual International State of the Metro featuring a walking dinner with wine at DIRTT that features globally-minded leaders in business, government and in the community, coming together for a discussion of how we're doing.... and what's next.

    Jeanine Jerkovic at City of Surprise (2nd from left) will provides the annual report card, and government and business leaders will share their opinions and outlook at our annual signature event. We're sharing global news, challenges and opportunities for companies based in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

    Other speakers include leaders in City Council Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela... both announced candidates for Mayor of Phoenix!

    And in addition we're honored for our CEO/President speaker to be Maria Elena Gallego of Collectron International (right).

    Thank you to our sponsors... Collectron International, DIRTT and Tommy Bahama (Kierland)... for again providing a special gift basket!

    Well before Global Chamber was founded, this was an event we did annually... and 10 years ago plus 2 months our FIRST EVER event was with Rod Miller of GPEC providing his insights on Phoenix Metro. WOW - have we come a LONG WAY!

    Join us by signing up HERE!

    As usual, members are free, and non-members pay a nominal amount to hang out with the global tribe!

  • 09 Dec 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    Thank you to Qinqin and Tucker Quayle for hosting a large delegation of University leaders from China in Phoenix this week. Some of the delegation is shown at left at the opening reception held at Paradise Valley Country Club.

    Thank you to the Arts & Education Committee of Global Chamber Phoenix for helping to arrange local connections with ASU, Grand Canyon University, Maricopa Community Colleges and University of Phoenix.

    And thank you to our members who participated - all of whom have connections to China in their businesses and personal activities.

    Global Chamber is dedicated to creating and supporting the connections for companies and communities to be more successful. 

    The conversations here were exciting! Filled with technology and business opportunities. One example was a Phoenix-based firm with significant R&D activities at ASU - and discussions centered on joint materials opportunities - in energy, battery development and more.

    Are you interested in making more connections to business opportunities in other metros and countries? Contact us.

    Are you interested in learning more about our committees including the Arts & Education Committee? Contact us.

     

  • 13 Nov 2017 by Doug Bruhnke

    We’re pleased to share Enlightened Growth Leadershipâ„ , an initiative by Global Chamber® to help organizations build the leadership capacity they need to grow across metros and across borders, anywhere they wish to grow around the world. 

    Our initiative is designed to leverage the power of people within the organization across all spectrums of unique backgrounds, both women and men, and to accelerate growth and to enhance business performance. A pilot program is starting in 15 chapters of Global Chamber®, and we encourage you to get involved as a participant, sponsor, or both.

    The advancement of professionals and executives has always been at the core of Global Chamber. Thirty years ago a Korean-American professional approached me to help her get a position at DuPont-Korea, and despite my best efforts, they told us 'NO - there is no place for a woman in our customer-facing organization'. Then 20 years ago I fought and eventually implemented having an 'office lady' in a Dupont joint venture's Osaka office to be in sales. The office leaders told me 'no one at Toyota will ever by from a woman', and of course she became their best salesperson." Then 10 years ago a man in a prominent political family stood up in a room in Phoenix and told us that we need to 'keep foreigners ouf of Arizona because they take our jobs', and the Global Chamber inspiration came alive. We will not keep foreigners out of Arizona, and we will not keep capable business out of executive suites and board rooms - because all capable people should be empowered to grow their companies across the city, across metros and around the world.

    The three components of Enlightened Growth Leadershipâ„  are shared below with more details of how to get involved. 

    1. Events. Each participating chapter will hold events on a regular basis and at least twice per year on topics pertinent to educating and inspiring members to achieve more. The first event is ‘Women in Global Leadership’, and a second event is “Diversity in Global Leadership’. Chapter may choose additional topics consistent with member needs and interests. 

    2. Mentoring. Participants who are members of Global Chamber® will be matched up with mentors that fit the requirements they feel are needed for their own personal development. Considerations will be geography, market segment, gender, experience, personality and more, and progress will be documented.

    3. Consulting and Certification. Participants and organizations seeking additional support beyond events and mentoring to create a more productive and diverse team will have the option to further engage experts within the membership of Global Chamber® for additional progress.

    Our goals are to… 

    •    Provide women and all leaders the information and mentoring they can use to optimize their own career and support their organizations.

    •    Create a more diverse and respectful workplace that at the same time nurtures innovation, productivity and success.

    •    Form a community of enlightened leaders to provide feedback and be a source of inspiration and hope for all leaders of all types.

    •    Advance the success of members of Global Chamber®.

    Read more at this link, and watch for more in the coming days.

    We are uniquely qualified to have a most positive impact for companies and leaders because Global Chamber® is in hundreds of locations across every culture, we're focused on business and personal growth, many of our members are experts in this area and we're passionate about seeing everyone in the global tribe succeed.

    The historical changes happening in the workplace today are making our efforts most timely.

    Join us!

    Doug Bruhnke, CEO/founder of Global Chamber and Executive Director, Global Chamber Phoenix

    Contact me

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