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Know how–and if–to bring your idea to market: Effective business, creative, social & innovative entrepreneurship with international entrepreneur STEFAN BIELSKI

  • Mon, June 15, 2015
  • 9:45 AM - 11:30 AM
  • 40Plus Conference Room***(Doors open at 9:30 for networking and the program starts promptly at 10:00.)



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Monday Morning Speaker: Stefan Bielski


Know how–and if–to bring your idea to market:

Effective business, creative, social & innovative entrepreneurship


with international entrepreneur Stefan Bielski

In This Talk We Will Discuss: 

  • Identify what kind of entrepreneur--or "wantrepreneur"--you may be

  • Why even bad ideas can be good for you

  • The best--and worst--reasons to start a business


Stefan Bielski practices and advocates “empathetic entrepreneurship”.  Simply put, by being your own first customer you can understand, anticipate, and meet clients’ concerns, needs, and expectations.  He’s done this successfully with some of the most demanding clients, in the toughest situations, locations, and industries. On Wall Street, Stefan guided clients of Citicorp’s Emerging Markets/e-Business division to implement (and help their own clients implement) stringent U.S. Treasury “Know Your Customer” guidelines. In a remote Guatemalan highland village, a five-hour round trip from the nearest internet connection, he directed and advised an indigenous staff selling artisan products, hospitality and education services. By implementing procedures to meet the demands of first-world customers, he increased revenues by over 300%. Later, Stefan assisted Danish diplomats—in other words, bureaucrats—sell their trade advisory and research services, cutting their business consulting cycle from 12 to 9 months

Most comprehensively, he’s turned frustration and, at times, failure into successful operational startups in developing markets. The first was an English-language magazine (Warsaw Insider) for the expatriate community in and business travelers to Poland. This venture leveraged both his insider understanding of his readers as an expat himself and his knowledge gained as a business journalist of the advertising clientele’s needs. In 2001, after finishing his own MBA, Stefan launched a consultancy (2Bschool) helping applicants to business and other grad school programs gain acceptance, find a great fit, and ensure a high ROI in one of the both riskiest and most important career decisions a person can make. The coaching and consulting hybrid he developed, he adapted (Toolbox Coaching + Consulting) to help new entrepreneurs in foreign markets grow their businesses.  Along with coaching, Stefan enjoys the challenge of teaching and training both eager and reluctant individuals. As a writing professor, he has taught powerful communication techniques to journalists, teachers, translators and other communications professionals. As a sailing instructor in his hometown Annapolis, MD, he taught newbies (some afraid of the water) the basics to navigation, usually in a single weekend.

Stefan knows business—and through the whole life cycle: He joined his first start up two weeks after graduating high school through into its merger. As a licensed real estate agent for his region’s largest (and the US’s largest private) Realtor, he saw the power of processes, procedures and planning. He covered many industries as a journalist for a chain of business weeklies, which taught him the power of listening and asking the right questions. He believes the right questions are what make a good coach, and the right answers make a good consultant, while the right experience makes a good mentor. Stefan brings together all three.




Plan to join us after the meeting for networking. Admission is free.  Many of us carry our conversations to lunch at the nearby Brookings Institution.

Attire is business casual, recruiters are often present, so we ask all Monday Speaker attendees to contribute to the professional standards and objectives of this important networking meeting.

Doors open at 9:45 for networking and the program starts promptly at 10:00.40Plus of Greater Washington
1718 P Street, NW, Suite T2
Washington, DC 20036

Near the DuPont Circle Metro Station
Map & Detailed Directions to 40Plus

40Plus of Greater Washington
1718 P Street, NW, Suite T2
Washington, DC 20036

40Plus of Greater Washington
Empowering Experienced Professionals
 for Successful Career Transitions

Empowering Experienced Professionals for Successful Career Transitions

40Plus of Greater Washington
1325 G Street, NW, Suite 500

 Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-387-1582

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