Saturday, 13 October, 2007 12:41 PM
A Power Lunch with GM's Bo Anderson
May Be in Your Future
Annual Michigan Women's Business Conference & Expo Offers That
and More to Women Business Owners
ANN ARBOR, Mich.
-- Imagine sitting across the
table from Bo Anderson, General Motors vice president of global
purchasing and supply chain, sharing lunch. That's exactly what
happened to Amanda Miller, a business owner who attended the Michigan
Women's Business Conference & Expo last year.
This year, the 7th Annual
Michigan Women's Business Conference & Expo
takes place October 18 and 19 at the Rock Financial Showplace in
Once again, outstanding opportunities to lunch with Detroit's power
brokers will be up for auction to certified Woman Business Enterprise
(WBE) owners attending. In addition to Anderson, VP of one of the
world's largest and most successful companies, six other influential
executives have donated their lunch time: Florine Mark of Weight
Watchers, Tony Brown of Ford Motor Company, Alistair Hirst of Kellogg
Company, Sandra E. Pierce from Charter One Bank and Ben Maibach
with Barton Malow.
All of the executives
have graciously agreed to participate in the Power
Lunch auction to help raise funds for the Michigan Women's Business
Council (MWBC), a nonprofit organization that supports women-owned
businesses. Proceeds are earmarked to fund education and development
programs and services in support of women who are starting businesses.
After the auction, arrangements
are made for the highest bidders to meet
with their selected executive for their coveted meal.
According to last year's
Power Lunch winner Amanda Miller, president of
Courtesy Transfer, "Getting a chance to spend time one-on-one
Anderson was an opportunity of a lifetime. Just that short time
him gave me great insight and information that helped my business
Cathy Denardo, owner
of United Manufacturing Network and 2005 Power
Lunch winner, explained, "After a successful power lunch with
Anderson, I came away with a quiet confidence, knowing that I could
handle any business opportunity that comes my way." She also
the Power Lunch, combined with her hard work, to the acquisition
first GM contract.
When asked his thoughts
on the Power Lunch, Bo Anderson said, "I am
honored when I meet all the women at this conference, who -- through
their hard work and vision -- are achieving their goals." He
"I'm pleased to once again take part in the Power Lunch. It's
opportunity for me to meet with and mentor women business owners
help them to succeed."
"These lunches are
important because they give women business owners
access to the decision-makers at the highest levels who can best
them on doing business with their companies," says Melanie
MWBC event committee chair and board president.
"The Power Lunch
is just one of many opportunities at this year's
event," explained Yodit Mesfin Johnson, manager of the Michigan
Marketplace, a division of the MWBC. "The Marketplace Boutique
sponsored by LaSalle Bank will showcase the brightest and best of
smaller, women-owned product and service providers. There also is
special area within the expo hall dedicated to emerging businesses."
For two days there will
be workshops, a business forum and networking
opportunities, along with special receptions and dinner. Keynote
speakers are two highly respected women authors: Cary J. Broussard,
wrote From Cinderella to CEO: How to Master the 10 Lessons of Fairy
Tales to Transform Your Work Life will address the audience on Thursday
morning, and Virginia Drachman, writer of 250 Years of Enterprising
Women, will address the breakfast audience on Friday morning.
Booth space for exhibitors
is available at the event as well, and JC
Penney and Target purchasing representatives will attend as part
their search for products from women-owned businesses.
The 7th Annual Michigan
Women's Business Conference & Expo is a
procurement event that has been planned and created for women, and
attending this event will provide women with invaluable information,
networking and empowering opportunities.
Sponsors for the Conference
& Expo include General Motors, O'Briens
Agency, New Technology Steel, GMAC, Ford Motor Company and a host
For registration information,
or call 734-677-1400.
Women's Business Council