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Monthly Program - February 2005

Flying with Eagles

How Successful Women Business Owners Market their Business—A Graduate Course in Business Development

Our panelists, all part of San Francisco Business Times' Top 100 Women Owned Businesses, will tell you what they did to build their single-woman owned business into the multi-million dollar enterprises they are today.


Sylvia KwanSylvia Kwan, Founder and CEO, Kwan Henmi. Sylvia Kwan started her company 23 years ago and, as she says, has never stopped marketing. Well known in the Bay Area, she has chaired the Board of Directors of San Francisco's Chamber of Commerce and is the recipient of numerous awards including ranking as one of the Top 100 Largest Women Owned businesses in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times. Recognized as one of the top architectural firms in the Bay Area, Kwan Henmi designed the interiors for Pac Bell Park, the expansion of the Moscone Convention Center and the AirTrain Light Rail stations at San Francisco International Airport.

Cindy WilsonCindy Wilson, President, Wilson West. Cindy is President of Wilson West, an event management specialty company that has managed over 300 events all over the world for high profile clients like Merrill Lynch, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the World Presidents' Organization. Cindy started her business 12 years ago and built her vision into a high profile business. She says she got 95% of all her business through referrals but realized this wasn't enough to take her to the next level. Come hear how she developed a new strategy to ensure continued success.

Karen NeuburgerKaren Neuburger, Owner, kn ltd. Karen launched her business in 1994 making sleepwear out of surplus sportswear material. She has been featured numerous times on Oprah since 1996 when she sent a pair of her comfortable and whimsical PJ's to Oprah herself. After Karen appeared on the "Oprah's Favorite Things" show, women fell in love with her soft, brushed cotton knit sleepwear, and Karen's business skyrocketed. Her company now ranks #5 in the San Francisco Business Times' list of the Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses in the Bay Area.

The event will be moderated by:

Clothilde HewlettClothilde Hewlett Attorney, Partner, Preston, Gates, & Ellis LLC. Clothilde Hewlett is a partner in the San Francisco law firm of Preston Gates & Ellis LLP. She focuses on assisting both private sector companies as well as public entities performing governmental functions. Ms. Hewlett has a distinguished career of government and community service in the state of California, both as a lawyer and in key leadership positions within the state's administration. She also is in charge of business development for her firm.

WHEN: Thursday, February 10, 2005