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Monthly Program - November 2004

Reeling in the Big One!

Getting Contracts with the Federal Government and Fortune 500 Companies

If you want to know what it takes to play in the major leagues, come hear how these exceptional business women successfully bid on large public and private sector contracts.


Belinda Gudarrama Belinda Guadarrama is President and Chief Executive Officer of GC Micro Corporation. Under her leadership, the company has grown to be among Working Woman Magazine's 2001 List of America's Top 500 Women-Owned Businesses and was twice named Supplier of the Year by the Northern California Supplier Development Council. GC Micro has been ranked among the 500 largest Hispanic-owned companies by Hispanic Business Magazine since 1993. Recognized nationally for her advocacy of small and minority business issues, Belinda has served as a policy advisor to the White House over the past three presidential administrations. She was the chair of the NASA Minority Business Resource Advisory Committee, which works with NASA and its contractors to ensure the participation of minority-owned firms in the future of space exploration. Because of her exceptional work on the committee, Belinda was awarded the NASA Public Service Award and Medal in 2001.

Jinsoo Terry Jinsoo Terry is a cultural phenomena, a woman with the passion and determination to build a successful career in Korea and then to do it all over again in America. Korean-born Jinsoo obtained a Masters Degree in Engineering-Textile Manufacturing and by age 28 had worked her way up the male-dominated corporate ladder to the position of Manager of Research and Development at of one of Korea's largest yarn-dyeing companies. Months away from obtaining her Ph.D., she left her prosperous life there to move to Berkeley, California with her new husband. Realizing her lack of English communication skills was holding her back, Jinsoo joined Toastmasters International and later founded her own Toastmasters Club focusing on building speaking skills and business networking. Her Rhinoceros Club caters to the public speaking needs of newly arrived immigrants and minorities. Jinsoo has been the Vice President of Manufacturing at Cut Loose Corporation, a women's apparel manufacturer in San Francisco. In 2004 Jinsoo co-founded Advanced Global Connections (AGC), an executive training organization, where international business people can improve their English language skills and learn American business practices.

Kerry ElkindKerry Weiner Elkind is Chief Executive Officer and President of The Elkind Group. Kerry founded The Elkind Group with a vision to help organizations achieve extraordinary results by building and maintaining strong relationships with their customers and employees. The Elkind Group provides practical, flexible solutions tailored to specific needs to achieve extraordinary business results. The Elkind Group's clients include major corporations, government agencies, and non profit organizations. Kerry speaks often to national business organizations on topics ranging from managing contact centers to maximizing the performance of today's free agent workforce. Kerry co-authored Free Agents: People And Organizations Creating A New Working Community (Jossey-Bass, Inc. 1997), and she is a contributing writer to Call Center eXchange newsletter, Call Center magazine, and other nationally syndicated publications. She is currently co-authoring the Common Sense Leadership series.


Program moderator, Valerie Camarda is principal of Marketing Sense. In addition to providing marketing and public relations services for her many entrepreneurial and non-profit clients in the Bay Area, she has taught marketing at the San Francisco Renaissance Entrepreneur Center, for the City of Oakland and City of Daly City and for the Business Development Center in Richmond.

WHEN: Thursday, November 11, 2004
TIME: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
WHERE: World Trade Club (behind The Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street), San Francisco (click here for map and directions)
COST: Pre-registration $40/members; $50/guests. Or pay at the door $45/members; $55/guests.

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For more info, or to register via phone, contact:
Rhoda Singer, Chapter Administrator, 415.333.2130,
email: [email protected]