President Message 2014
My dear Members
We are twenty one! Yes, it was twenty one year ago that NAWEM was officially launched to create multi-racial women entrepreneurship organisation in Malaysia. We have stayed true to the spirit in which it was founded. But we still have a lot of work to do to create a women entrepreneurs friendly environment in Malaysia.
Our AGM was held in March and I am very honoured to be elected as the President of NAWEM for yet another year (2014-2015). I will do everything within my capacity to ensure that we scale new heights. Women who have joined the Association have expectations and it is my responsibility to ensure that all efforts are taken to give the members a platform to further succeed in their business.
Towards this objective, we will have a monthly event called “Tea with the President” where I will be able to meet each and every one of you and have a dialogue on how NAWEM can be a meaningful part of your lives.
This year is also earmarked to start three more chapters of NAWEM, namely in Sabah, Sarawak and Johor. I am indeed very happy to inform all of you that the Penang chapter is thriving, thanks to their members and leadership. I am confident that with the dynamic steering committee in these three locations in the pipeline, we can spread our mission, which is, to act as a conduit for women entrepreneurship. So I urge members who have roots in East and South Malaysia to volunteer to be part of the expansion.
All work and no play make all us dull and stressed. So the NAWEM Toastmasters has been formed. It is an in – house Club and hence the membership is solely for NAWEM members. Nevertheless we allow guests and members from other Toastmasters Club and the meetings so far have been a great learning experience for the members. So please make avail the opportunity to learn public speaking. As businesswomen, the ability to put the point across in a succinct manner can take our company to the next level. And there is the NAWEM Sports Club too, with bowling, badminton and Zumba. Please call the Secretariat for more information.
We are also exploring international affiliations for NAWEM so that the members can network with their counterparts in different continents. More news on this will be available in the periodic e-newsletters.
NAWEM receives invitations to workshops, courses and conferences which are greatly beneficial to women like us. The notices are sent as e-blasts and I urge you to participate as the exposure will surely help in the business.
My fervent wish for the next one year is to reach out to as many members as I can. Please reciprocate with innovative ideas to make NAWEM a force to contend with, in the area of business.
Yours sincerelySarojini RuthPresident