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Engaging Women's Committee
of The Union Club
Women Changing Cleveland and the World
Union Club
October 29, 2013

The Engaging Women's Committee of The Union Club presented "Women Changing Cleveland and the World" How Diverse Female Professionals are Thriving and Contributing to Our Economy and Community. The panel included 4 successful women from 4 different countries and 3 continents. Moderator Yan Maschke, Nordson Corp, was born in China. She asked panelist Radhika Reddy of Ariel International who was born in India for her story. Radhika was an international banker in India who received a Rotary scholarship to study in the US and arrived with $20. She said the change from science to finance curriculum during her MBA studies at Case Western Reserve were very important to her success as an entrepreneur.

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Panelist Ingrid Rodriguez-Reichart of PS Promotions was born in the Dominican Republic and shared her story.





Laura Bennett of Embrace Pet Insurance was born in the United Kingdom. She had math and actuarial skills and won a business plan competition for her pet insurance idea.





Immigration attorney and author Margaret Wong was born in Hong Kong. Margaret said that an event for women at the Union Club would not have been possible 20 years ago.





Panelist Radhika Reddy of Ariel International told of some of the differences in culture between India and the US.





Ingrid Rodriguez-Reichart of PS Promotions who was born in the Dominican Republic told how the private sector had problems with her accent.





Panelist Laura Bennett of Embrace Pet Insurance was born in the United Kingdom and emigrated from England to Canada at age 16 - unwillingly. She spoke of the big change of immigration.





Margaret Wong was born in Hong Kong and told why Cleveland is a great place for immigrants including it is inexpensive, the charter schools, can talk to the Mayor, the hospitals and it's beautiful.





Radhika Reddy told of some of the benefits of establishing a business in Cleveland.





Ingrid Rodriguez-Reichart said that immigrants work hard and have taken a risk to come here. And risk is what business is all about.





Laura Bennett told why and how she started the Burning River Coffee Community to give back and help women and other entrepreneurs.





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