My wonderful journey in the United States began when I got selected as one of the Indonesian “fellows” to have my professional fellowship program by the U.S. State Department and American Council through their program called YSEALI (Young South East Asia Leaders Initiatives). This remarkable program connects businesspeople from South East Asia to companies in the U.S. for work and exchange assignments.
I had a truly wonderful experience at Global Chamber® – USA. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, Global Chamber is a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and leaders in 525 metro areas taking on global business. Global Chamber is the only U.S. firm that has taken more than one fellow at a time, and now through mid-2017, Global Chamber has taken in six fellows!
My professional background is with one of the biggest financial institutions in Indonesia, and, in particular, I work at the 6th largest bank in the region. I have connections with many business practitioners in my country, and so Global Chamber is a perfect match to advance my skill and knowledge as well as networking to support the economic empowerment and global business activities, especially between Indonesia and the United States. At first, I thought it was going to be hard for me to adjust with the people of the organization. In fact, it was the opposite, as everyone involved with Global Chamber, including the members I met, were supportive, kind-hearted, energetic, full of fun, passionate and professional. It all made it easier to get involved, communicate and share the ideas with the people and its activities.
During my professional fellowship program in Global Chamber, I had great opportunities to meet many key people in banking finance, international trading, global business and government. I have learned about so many opportunities that Indonesia and the United States can build and implement in the near future. I had discussions with people from BMO Harris Bank, several leaders from the private sector, and it was my great pleasure to meet and discuss ideas with Mayor of Phoenix City, Greg Stanton. The remarkable experience only happened with full support from the CEO of the Global Chamber, Doug Bruhnke, and the assembled headquarters and global team. The global team is truly professional and passionate to grow and build a global business tribe. They have assisted me to get involved in international discussions with chapters of Global Chamber all around the world. They have supported me to give presentations in front of strategic and key persons during the fellowship program. They have succeeded in making me part of the Global Chamber big family and change our world in a very positive way to support cross-border business.
I learned a lot not only about global business, but I also gained new insights about exchange of our culture, communications, organizational value, tolerance, working and support for each other in a solid team. These were all great lessons learned that I wouldn’t have had at any class in the university. Another great experience was when my outbound project was selected by the U.S. State Department and the American Council to be fully funded, and it allowed the CEO of Global Chamber, Doug Bruhnke, to fly from the United States to Jakarta, Indonesia, and nearby to share his skills, knowledge and tremendous experience in international workshops, which included members of HIPMI (Himpunan Pengusaha Muda Indonesia) – Indonesia Young Entrepreneur Association, University students and business practitioners. From those meetings and discussions, Global Chamber Jakarta was born. This constructive collaboration will strengthen the relationship between Indonesia and the United States for economic empowerment, growing business and growing relationships. Through this exchange, I truly learned the power of the Global Chamber motto: Be Global and Unstoppable!!!
Mia Febriyanti is the Product Manager of Danamon Bank and Global Advisor at Global Chamber® Jakarta
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