Everett, WA (PressExposure) December 04, 2006 -- Women entrepreneurs who are members of Astra Women's Business Alliance took part in a Matchmaker event sponsored by The Boeing Company and held in the Train Station in Everett, WA. The turnout was excellent, and those attending from several states were greeted by officials from the City of Everett which provided the facilities and also participated in the event.
Gloria McCallum of The Boeing Company's Supplier Diversity division organized the fast paced program and her boss, Janice Greene, the Global Partners Diversity Supplier Manager for the Boeing Company, worked closely with city officials in Everett to make the location arrangements. Diane McCelland, President of Astra, indicated that "this is one of the most successful Matchmaker Events we have ever held."
One of the highlights of the program was a unique approach designed by Gloria McCallum to ensure meetings between all of the women business owners and all of the corporate diversity repressentatives who were present. Everyone agreed that this fast paced matchmaking approach was a great way to ensure interaction and effective sharing of company information with corporate buyers.
Matchmaking between corporate buyers and companies wishing to do business with those corporations was the topic of an interactive presentatoin by Janice Greene and Paula Kopczynski, the President of Opportunity Industries, Inc., (a WBENC Certified Company). The next speaker, Elizabeth Kearney, Ph.D., President of Kearney & Associates:The Experts' Alliance (another WBENC Certified Company) discussed the values of building alliances and thereby building the capacity that corporate clients need to ensure that contract terms can be met. Each attendee received a copy of the speech, "The ABC's of Alliances", and her fast paced, information-packed presentation provided practical tips on what to do and what to not do when considering entering into an alliance.
The success of the program was attested to by the fact that when the program officially ended, many of the participants remained to talk, ask questions, and interact with each other and the corporate representatives.