As a part of our efforts to support Houston-Tyumen business relations, and on behalf of the USRCC Houston-Tyumen Sister Cities Committee, the USRCC Executive Director, Tamara Doescher attended the U.S. – Russia Mayors Summit which was a part of the 61st Sister Cities Annual Conference that took place at Virginia Beach, VA on July 13- July 15 2017.
During the Summit attendees had a chance to learn about the history and critical importance of the U.S.-Russia Citizen Diplomacy, the current state of exchange programs, trade and economic relations, the role of Sister Cities, and development and future cooperation between the two countries.
Some of the presenters included: Hon. John Beyrle, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Hon. Will Sessoms, Mayor of Virginia Beach, VA, Ambassador John O’Keefe, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation/Executive Director, Open World Leadership Center, Mary Kane, President/CEO, Sister Cities International, James Wood, City Councilman, City of Virginia Beach, VA.
During the Conference Harry Gee, President of the Sister Cities of Houston and Ellen Goldberg, Immediate Past President of the Sister Cities of Houston had a chance to make a presentation to Sister Cities International and was selected to host the 2019 conference in Houston. Since that will be the 50th anniversary of Man’s landing on the moon, we all hope to work together with Sister Cities and NASA to make it a memorable event.
The 8th Annual Welcome Reception Honoring Delegations from Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan to the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC 2017)
Business Networking Event, Chicago IL
The USRCC re-energized the Midwest program on February 7th with a Business Networking Event hosted in the lobby restaurant of Google’s new downtown Chicago headquarters. We would like to thank the attendees, volunteers, and our guest speaker Elena Mossina, Partner with the national consulting firm Sikich LLP who discussed the benefits of the USRCC as well as the importance of trade between the US and Russia. Participants from a balanced mix of industry professionals active in trade between the US and Russia, the professional Russian speaking community of greater Chicago, as well as several representatives from trade organizations attended the event. Attendees included individuals from Honeywell, Baker McKenzie, UPS, SAP, and Chicago based global IT companies. Additionally, a cross section of trade representatives from several countries including, Hungary, Bulgaria, Netherlands, South Africa, and the US Department of State were in attendance.
USRCC Business Networking Event
The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce (USRCC) hosted a business networking happy hour on January 18, 2017 that drew a crowd of more than 60 business professionals. New connections were made at a happy hour held at Arcodoro Restaurant.
HR Panel and Networking event
On February 22, 2017 the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce (USRCC) hosted a Young Professionals HR Panel and Networking event that drew up to 40 young professionals from diverse companies and industries. The event took place at Adams & Reese, LLP, Houston, Downtown.
Thoughts from the Moderator, Katerina Trofimova, Young Professionals Committee Chair, USRCC/Sr. Account Representative, Business Development KBRwyle:
“What a fun and interesting night! I am thankful to the USRCC Young Professionals Committee and staff for putting together such an informative session focusing on resume building, job search and interview preparation. I was honored to serve as a moderator and meet in person our experienced panelists. Bonnie Beared kicked off with tips on how to start job search and suggested several areas one should focus. Genaro Pena spoke about available technology and recommended different job search websites young professionals could use. Anna Bogdanova informed us about different types of resumes and advised what should never be included there. Finally, Bryan Stotler gave some tips on maximizing the value of LinkedIn but highlighted the importance of personal relationships. Everyone left equipped with valuable job search hacks. I believe even the panelists learned something new from each other.”
Testimonial by the Panelist, Genaro Peña, Partner, LINCOLN Leadership Advisors:
“I want to express my sincere thanks to the USRCC leadership for the excellent event last night, and I was honored to be included among such a distinguished group of panelists. I found the USRCC young professionals to be smart and engaging, and I enjoyed speaking with them before and after the event.”
Our special thanks to USRCC Young Professionals Committee members for making this a successful event.
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