I am honored to take on the role as President of OPEN WDC for the 2013-2014 term with our new Chairman of the Board, Mr. Imran Akram. Since the inception of our DC chapter in 2004, OPEN DC has been striving to provide a networking and mentoring platform to entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs, and to create success for our members, their respective companies, employees and even families! We look forward to working together with our members to explore the challenges of leading successful businesses in a transparent world with new dynamics and socio-political challenges including social media, increased investor and public scrutiny.
For our members, our focus will be to provide better value by offering unique and innovative programs, ways to help gain knowledge in their areas of interest, meet and learn from industry leaders and their success stories, and provide some events and offering for members only.
This year our focus will be on:
· Youth outreach, mentoring students and providing career counseling and mentoring opportunities;
· Women’s Leadership Forum which made a mark in 2012 with a number of extremely interesting events;
· Matching business opportunities between US and Pakistan by collaboration through Department of State, USAID and others to promote initiatives for investment in Pakistan;
· Strengthening partnerships with our existing sponsors and partners and enhancing our schedule of CM exclusive events.
President, OPEN Washington DC Chapter