On October 27, approximately 100 women business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, and professionals gathered at the U.S. Embassy Bangkok to launch the Women in Business Series. Led by seasoned businesswomen, the Series highlights women entrepreneurs through discussions on how to build successful women-owned businesses in the region. It provides a forum where women entrepreneurs can share experiences, learn from each other, and build valuable connections with the goal of building a trusted community where women can collaborate, inspire, and support each other. The Series is a collaboration between the U.S. Embassy and Connecting Founders, a Bangkok-based organization that promotes the growth of women-led businesses in Southeast Asia. It is also a program under the Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership Initiative.
The launch featured three local businesswomen who talked about the role of mentors and business networks in supporting women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Three female founders – Ms. Ploy Lumthong (Zae), founder of C’est Design; Ms. Nathanaporn (Orn) Euawanthanakhun, founder of April’s Bakery; and Ms. Shannon Kalaynamitr, co-founder of Moxy (Moxy is also a sponsor of the event) – shared their views and personal experiences Networks and communities as well as encouragement and support are vital to business success. While there are several entrepreneur groups, women’s professional networks and clubs in Bangkok, speakers felt that there is currently no forum specifically dedicated to women entrepreneurs who want to discuss concrete business issues and challenges. The Women in Business Series helps to fill that void.
The event was followed by group mentoring sessions led by the three speakers. Group mentoring will be a regular feature of the Women in Business events and is meant to allow for a more in-depth interaction with speakers as well as promote peer mentoring .
The Series will take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month until March 2016, and will discuss other topics including: building a business using social media, how to start over after failure, building an effective team, exporting to AEC countries, and effective leadership techniques.
The next event will be on Tuesday, November 24th from 6-8pm (register here) and will focus on how to build a strong brand – in Thailand and beyond. This event will be dedicated to Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), and in celebration of GEW, Creative Partnership will be featuring notable Thai women entrepreneurs on this site for the next few weeks. Be sure to check back with us!