Dear friends of the Bulgarian Professionals Club in Washington DC,
our team would like to invite you to a hike in the beautiful National Historical Park of Harpers Ferry, WV on Sunday, October 14th.
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Washington European Society Joint Summer Happy Hour – The Washington European Society, Bulgarian Professionals Club, United Macedonian Diaspora, AGBU Young Professionals (Armenians), and Les Frenchies à DC got together for a summer happy hour at Eighteenth Street Lounge. This was an informal networking and get-to-know-each-other event at the Eighteen Street Lounge!
Tech Industry in Bulgaria @ the Bulgarian Embassy – We were honored to be joined by leaders from the IT industry in Bulgaria and the United States for a discussion about the development and growth of the tech sector in Bulgaria and its relations with American IT.
Tackling Corruption – What can Bulgaria Learn from the USA, a discussion about how to address the challenge of corruption. We had two great speakers who shared their views on what Bulgaria could learn from the experience of the US and other countries in Eastern Europe in fighting corruption. Mr. Frank Razzano is a renowned criminal litigation lawyer with more than 40 years of civil and criminal jury trial experience, concentrating in broker-dealer regulation, SEC enforcement and white-collar criminal defense. Frank has represented executives of Fortune 500 companies in grand jury investigations as well as SEC investigations. Mr. David Bernstein is a senior World Bank official who serves as the Lead Public Sector Specialist for Governance in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Region’s Public Sector Institutions unit and oversees the region’s work on governance and public administration reform. He leads or participates in a number of governance, anti-corruption and public administration operations.
Olive Oil Tasting – Great event with the invaluable help of Georgetown Olive Oil Co. Located in historic Georgetown, Washington DC, they specialize in retail of the freshest EVOO and the finest balsamic vinegar available on the market. Furthermore, the owners are Bulgarian!
Salsa Party for International Women’s Day – The Bulgarian Professionals Club in partnership with Salsa with Silvia organized International Women’s Day Salsa Party and Celebration!
Silvia Alexiev is the founder and director of Salsa with Silvia and a fellow Bulgarian who became an entrepreneur in order to share her passion for salsa with the world. She was an ideal guest speaker to honor women around the world and their accomplishments.
After a brief talk on the challenges and opportunities associated with being a small business owner, Silvia kicked off the party and led a salsa lesson!
LinkedIn Workshop – Our interactive workshop focused on 1) building your brand through your LinkedIn profile and 2) on effectively using the resource for networking and job search.
Our HR Experts Vanya Kaloferova and Krasi Shapkarova guided a group of approximately 20 attendees through LinkedIn features to help create a virtual professional image that matches their resumes and overall brand.
AUBG Happy Hour – The President of the American University in Bulgaria President, Stratsi Kulinski met with the members of our club and discussed topics of common interests. He provided updates from the University and the education in BG and got the opportunity to hear more about the Bulgarian Professionals Club work in DC.
On December 2nd, we hosted the first ever holiday party organized by the Bulgarian Professionals Club at Piola restaurant! In both the holiday and patriotic spirit, we honored the Bulgarian flag colors by wearing red, green and white. We also held a competition for the best and most creative outfit and the winners received awesome prizes donated by the RusUz restaurant and the Balkanik Taste Food Truck.
Ambassador Ries shared stories and lessons learned from her experiences in Bulgaria...
Ambassador Ries shared stories and lessons learned from her experiences in Bulgaria, Europe, and around the world and graciously responded to many thought-provoking questions posed by attendees.
Our first wine tasting and entrepreneurship event with the founders of Parallel 43 and the Bulgarian Embassy in DC introduced the Bulgarian wine export industry. The entrepreneurs then shared their business experiences, provided interesting facts about wine making and tasting, and addressed questions by the audience. Guests had the opportunity to enjoy complimentary wine and snacks during the presentation. They also enjoyed the great option of purchasing wine at outlet prices.
Parallel 43 is an American company that imports wines from Bulgaria to the USA. The wines are from two main vineyards: one located in the Northwest (Borovitza, close to the city of Belogradchik) and the other in the Southwest (around the city of Melnik). The wines imported by Parallel 43 are carefully selected and most of them are highly rated by various wine experts. Recently, Parallel43 received an important recognition: the experts of Wine Enthusiast reviewed and rated highly three of their wines. The wines and their reviews are featured here.
Evgenia Peeva, the Founder and CEO of Teach for Bulgaria, joined the club for a fruitful discussion on the challenges and opportunities of returning back to Bulgaria after a Harvard University degree to create a non-profit focused on equal access to education for every Bulgarian child.
The event was organized with the collaboration of DC INSEAD Alumni Association at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University.
The event was organized with the collaboration of DC INSEAD Alumni Association at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. Meditation and mindfulness practices are rapidly becoming part of the skill set of successful executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders. Greg Robison (INSEAD MBA’82) led a panel of four entrepreneurs and senior executives who revealed why they took up meditation and the effect it had when introduced into their enterprises. The presentation was followed by a Q&A and refreshments.
This was a special event for the club: in front of a large audience, Boyan Stanoev and Petar Stoykov introduced their project--a two-day hackaton in Sofia, Bulgaria, targeting the solutions to the public and social problems in the country.
This was a special event for the club: in front of a large audience, Boyan Stanoev and Petar Stoykov introduced their project–a two-day hackaton in Sofia, Bulgaria, targeting the solutions to the public and social problems in the country. Through many challenges and even more Skype appointments in the dead of night, it is not an overstatement to indicate that Code 4 Bulgaria is a huge success for Bulgaria. The project allowed participants to gain knowledge and skills, as well as internships in leading IT companies, and highlighted Bulgaria and the World Bank in a positive light. We can only hope that there are more similar initiatives in the future.
Vlad Antikarov led a discussion of his book “3D Negotiations for Strategic Acquisitions – Unlocking the Third Dimension”. 3-D Negotiation framework broadens the set of levers a party can bring to the negotiations process to improve their position, extract a higher value and complete the negotiations successfully. Mr. Antikarov is a professional with over 20 years of experience in the field of finance and a co-author of “Real Options, A Practitioner’s Guide”.
This event was a seminar / roundtable discussion on the transformation of Eastern and Central Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The club welcomed spring with an exceptional warm and friendly social get-together with friends of Bulgaria. The guests were Peace Corps volunteers who had lived and worked in various cities and villages across our native country. Showing off their excellent Bulgarian speaking skills, the five guests shared stories about their experiences in Bulgaria and remarked on their wonderful memories of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian people. They also offered their perspectives on the fields with potential for growth and development in Bulgaria. BPC members showed significant interest in the humanitarian work of our five guests and asked many questions. Topics of discussion included ways to improve the relationship between Bulgaria and the US, options for enhancing Bulgaria’s image and its popularity as a tourist destination.
Despite the unexpected March snow storm, the Club met at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington DC for a promotional event organized by Bulpros, Bulgaria’s leading and fast-growing BPO and IT outsourcing company. Bulpros CEO Ivaylo Slavov presented the recent achievements of the company and outlined the products and services that Bulpros offers on the American market. A reception with refreshments followed the presentation.
Despite her busy schedule during her visit to the United States, our special guest–Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva–took time to meet Bulgarian professionals in DC. In the course of more than an hour, approximately 40 members discussed a variety of EU hot topics.
Approximately 30 club members had the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine and meet Kevin Aspergen, President of the American University in Blagoevgrad. Kevin shared information about his future plans regarding development in the fields of education and entrepreneurship in Bulgaria.
Our last event for 2014 was a fiery Christmas party combined with a Salsa lesson provided by a young Bulgarian entrepreneur – Silvia Alexiev. Silvia taught us the salsa basics and told us her interesting professional story of transitioning from an employee of NASA to a dance-studio owner. What a great way to finish our first successful year – we felt charged and ready to do much more for the Bulgarian community in 2015!
The fourth event for 2014 was organized in collaboration with the alumni association of INSEAD Business School. Mr. Emil Mladenov who is also an INSEAD alumnus, gave a presentation on the topic of „Tech Trends & Social Developments Affecting Consumers’ Behavior“. This was a very interactive event during which participants were split into two focus groups and were asked to fulfill certain interesting tasks.
In the month of October more than 50 Bulgarian professionals from the DMV area took part in a discussion on the topic of Bulgarian-American Trade and Economic Relations. The event was hosted by the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington D.C. and was introduced by Ambassador Elena Poptodorova. Mr. Ivo Konstantinov , the Bulgarian Trade Attaché, gave a presentation on the current state of trade relations between the two countries and identified the investment areas with high potential. During the second part of the event Mr. Ivaylo Guenov, a successful IT entrepreneur, took the floor. Mr. Guenov has extensive experience in working across Bulgaria, USA and Canada, and gave an excellent overview of the advantages and challenges of starting a business in Bulgaria and the States.
Our second event was dedicated to entrepreneurship and hosted Bulgarian entrepreneurs from the food industry – the “Taste of Eastern Europe” food truck and “Amore Gelato”. The owners gave an overview of their business models and told us about their successes and challenges. The presentation was followed by a discussion during which our members asked questions and gave suggestions to the young entrepreneurs. Many good ideas sprang out of this brainstorming session, thanks to the best food for thought – delicious Bulgarian dishes and refreshing gelato !
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