Saturday, May 28, 2005

Going Global: MENA Business Women's Summit 2005 a HUGE Success!

Greetings everyone!

I am back from the Summit totally refreshed and reinvigorated from connecting with more than 200 vibrant Middle-Eastern, North African and American businesswomen in Tunis. We shared best practices, exchanged business ideas, networked like crazy and enjoyed each other's company immensely. All in all, I had an extraordinarily good time hanging out with people who are concerned about women's empowerment.

I wish to take a moment to thank all the wonderful people and organizations behind the summit: The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), Executive Director Dr. Ray Smilor from The Beyster Institute (located at the Rady School of Management, University of California at San Diego) and President and CEO Karen Kerrigan of the American business women's association, Women Entrepreneurs, Inc (WE-Inc.). Without their tireless efforts and support, the Summit would not have been made possible. In addition, a special thanks to all the U.S. administration and experts who participated in the panel and workshop discussions. Lastly, a BIG thank you to all the participants for exchanging their wisdom, warmth and stories about what it is like to live and do business in the region.

Now, let's sustain our connectedness by continuing to share skills, contacts and knowledge with each other through this blog. If our reaching out is powerful enough, we will create a new blog that channels our energy and supports our collective interests. By working together, we can have a voice and openly challenge inequality on women's rights in the Middle East and North Africa.

I will be sending out a personal email to each and every one of you who were so kind as to turn over your business card to me during the Summit. When you receive it, please take a brief moment to post a comment below. That way, we can demonstrate our desire to expand the rights of women worldwide.

I look forward to hearing from you.

All the best for now,
Laurel Delaney

P.S. When you post a comment, be sure to use the "Other" selection so you can provide your name, affiliation (web site) and country.


Anonymous said...

Dear Doaa from Qatar!

I would like to thank YOU for contributing your fine expertise to our table discussion on Internet Marketing. We each added value in our own special way and learned a great deal from one another. I hope our discussions continue via the Internet.

Here's to SEO, email, e-newsletters and making ourselves and our businesses useful on the Internet.

Warmest regards,

Anonymous said...

Dear Laurel,
Mybe we didn't meet during the summit so let me introduce myself, i'm Faten Hajj Sleiman from Lebanon and i work for Daher Group. My company produces potatoe chips and Corn flakes. I would like to join you by saying that it was a great meeting women from so many different cultures and to be exposed to their experience and to learn from them. I would like also to ask Doaa Saber if she can send me her address and phone number, because i'm so interested in internet marketing

Anonymous said...

Dear Faten,

We did not meet in Tunis! If you send me your email address to, I'd be happy to introduce you to Doaa in Qatar.

I was equally struck by the caliber of businesswomen at the Tunis Summit. It was an incredible experience that I will never forget.

Thanks so much,

Anonymous said...

Dear MENA Friends,

What an honor to meet you and share in your vision for women and entrepreneurship.

I have followed up with many of you about opportunities we discussed and have heard back from you as well.

Let's keep the communication going via email.

I promise to improve my French by next year's summit!

Take care,

Anonymous said...

Dear Mary,

Thanks so much for stopping in to say "hello!" I feel your and everyone else's energy, warmth, enthusiasm and support expressed via this blog. I hope it continues but the only way it can is to spread the good word to everyone you have met.

What an ideal vehicle for making lasting international business connections.

Warmest personal regards,

Anonymous said...

Dear Laurel,dear all,

I really had an amazing experience during the MENA businesswomen's summit:meeting all these talented professinal women urged me to widen my vision of the future and think about new business opportunities.

I was also impressed by the way Laurel moderated the Internet Marketing Luncheon and how constructful that was.

Please, keep in touch so that we build a great networking team ;-)

Warm regards,

Anonymous said...

Hi Sana (!

Great to hear from you on the blog. And you my colleague and new friend -- contributed immensely during our Internet Marketing workshop. Thanks so much.

I think we have officially created a new "global dream team" and one in which we can draw on as a resource whenever needed.

Appreciate your kind sentiments and definitely stay in touch to keep the MENA spirit alive and well.

All the best,
Chicago, IL USA