Gdynia Business Week

I had the opportunity to catch up with the students at Gdynia Business Week (Poland) this past August. Ninety students from Poland and ten American students participated in a fast paced week of international business! They formed ‘companies’; had to create a business plan; make a stockholders presentation; participate in a trade show to find capital to run their business and graduate with honors! Students actually met with local Polish businessmen and women including Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Union. The Mayor of Gdynia also made an appearance.

It is exciting for me to be part of the Seattle Gdynia Sister City organization that believes in promoting good will between Seattle and Gdynia and watch programs such as this grow each year. Feel free to look through the images captured during the week:

The Grand Assembly

Company Presentations

Talent Show

Trade Show

Graduation

Tour of Gdansk and Kashubian Village

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Seattle Sister Cities Reception 2009

The 13th Annual Seattle Sister Cities Reception was held at City Hall on April 23rd.  Hosting cites included Gdynia, Poland, Nantes, France, Surabaya, Indonesia and Sihanoukville, Cambodia.  City officials including Mayor Nickels, Richard Conlin and Tay Yoshitani were on hand to welcome members of the Indonesian Consul General plus members of local area Sister City groups.  To view all images click here.

Highlights include: Robam Jun Por, Blessing Dance from Cambodia

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Philippe Savre performing music from Brittany
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2008 Best Single Project Award went to the Reykjavik Sister City group
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Vivat Musica of Seattle performed Polish folk songs
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GEMAS Dance group performed an Indonesian traditional dance
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