Thursday, March 08, 2001

Doing Business in Russia

Nearly 80 Russian and American women succeeded in some serious discussion and networking at the Alliance of American and Russian Women and Manhattan Chamber of Commerce's panel on "Doing Business in Russia in 2001" Thursday morning, March 8th. One woman, coincidentally, just flew in from Moscow the night before! Anne Grey, director of the Business Information Service for the Newly Independent States (BISNIS); Bea J. Celler, project manager of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and Gail Coleman, Chief Financial Officer of KMOC were the illustrious speakers who were moderated by the talented Terry Raskyn, Esq., journalist and CNN media commentator. The enthusiasm from the attendees was overwhelming and the networking as a result would've made any one of their babushka's proud. But don't get me wrong--- professional Russian women, the enterprises they're venturing into and the business opportunities with American women is a burgeoning area, and one that's breaking the traditional and outdated stereotypes of babushkas. With more meetings like this, the impressions will change and business opportunities will accelerate.