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HAWEE Uniting Women Executives and Entrepreneurs

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

To carry out the mission of uniting, empowering and creating opportunities for women, helping them to develop and balance their lives, business and families, women entrepreneurs in Ho Chi Minh City worked together to establish the Ho Chi Minh City Association for Women Executives and Entrepreneurs (HAWEE). And as the head of the Association, businesswoman Cao Thi Ngoc Dung, President and CEO of Phu Nhuan Jewelry Company (PNJ), has made active contributions to the operation of HAWEE under the principles and goals set by the association.

HAWEE was established in March 2015 with the 5-member Standing Committee, in which Ms Cao Thi Ngoc Dung was elected as the President of the Association. "The difference of HAWEE is that it is a collection of dedicated, strong-minded and experienced sisters who have the experience in both national and international organisations and working in multinational corporations. We sat down to discuss the principles, goals, vision, and core values that addressed the needs of women entrepreneurs. And we define HAWEE as a common home, a spiritual support where women entrepreneurs are heard, shared and live happier," HAWEE President Dung said.

Specifically, the association is designed to raise the image, thinking and leadership style of women entrepreneurs and to promote the talent, wisdom and strength of women entrepreneurs in economic development. The association empowers women to develop with balance and progress in life and in business. In addition, the association works under the principle of listening - sharing - positive - joyful and having a vision of becoming an influential association not only in Ho Chi Minh City, but also a bridge linking businesswomen in the southern area, connecting their activities with international organisations and foreign business organisations to facilitate the expansion of range of activities.

"We think that when women entrepreneurs gather together in a professional organisation, their power is multiplied. When taking on the role of President of HAWEE, I thought to myself that gathering female entrepreneurs, multiplying their power and letting people shine brightly is my mission, and I will work wholeheartedly for it,” said Ms Dung. Up to now, after 2 years of operation, the association has attracted about 250 members with high quality of work, thus building a certain position in the country. On the other hand, the association has also helped many women to deepen their activities in life balance, discussing issues of business women through 4 topics organised during the year: improving abilities of business women (on International Women's Day - March 8th), family issues of businesswomen (in June), corporate governance issues (in October) and Holidays and Make up (in December). Every month, the association organises an executive committee meeting, has lunch together and discusses meaningful work.

The challenge, however, for the association now is to create sustainable activities that must always follow the principles, goals and keep core values. In addition, the association is concerned about how to make a budget, how to use it, and how to lobby members to join so that they do not feel forced. Facing these challenges, HAWEE President Dung said, "HAWEE was not created by the movement, but was created for the needs and desires of most Ho Chi Minh City women entrepreneurs. Our activities always follow the guideline and purpose. We will try to study and organise professional activities. We also build programmes as expected by the members and I believe that HAWEE will be a helpful place for the businesswomen community of Ho Chi Minh City in work and life. In particular, the connection and cooperation between HAWEE and the organisations for women entrepreneurs around the world will certainly bring practical value and strength to the association, as well as the members.

Nguyen Viet Hung

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