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30th May, 2011

Meet Melissa Hackney - Community Team Member
by Sarah Beckwith on May 30, 2011 11:51

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How long have you been a member? Around a year and a half. 
 
Why did you join? I had not been living in London for very long and wanted to meet new people.   As a Solicitor I was also interested to find out about the soft skills courses and networking opportunities which JCI offers.
  
Blog » Community » 248892_10150277624627577_601587576_8967586_8178192_n.jpgWhich JCI event would you recommend to other people? I have found the "Go For It" community event the most  interesting and rewarding event to date, which I would recommend to others.  It provides the opportunity to meet people of an age group and background who you may not otherwise meet, and to find out what interests and motivates them.  It is clear that just by attending the event and sharing out experience, we made a difference to their lives in some way.       
 
Has JCI presented any unusual  or unexpected opportunities? When I attended the JCI Open Evening and became a member, the first person I met was Eyad, who is currently the JCI international director.  When he told me that he was from Syria, I mentioned that I was trying to learn Arabic at the time, but was failing miserably.    Eyad became my Arabic tutor and we subsequently had a few amusing lessons, and an interesting trip to a Syrian restaurant, which included a memorable dish of meat and yoghurt.   
 
Is there anything you have done as a JCI member that  has benefitted your career?   JCI gave me the opportunity to develop my networking skills, particularly at the Thursday networking events.  I'm now completely at ease walking into a room full of strangers at business networking events.    
I think that JCI presents a lots of opportunities which will benefit my career in the long run, but it also offers much more than that.  
 
What do you enjoy most about being a JCI member? I enjoy having a new circle of friends who I can call anytimeboth on a professional level but also personally  (e.g. when I'm lost in Bloomsbury and can't get GPS to work - Carolin :) )

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15th May, 2011

Interview with Solveig Malvik - JCI UK Deputy President
by Sarah Beckwith on May 15, 2011 22:22

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Council team » Solveig.jpgWhat made you take on this role?
The opportunity to make a difference in JCI United Kingdom. When I joined JCI I did not expect to be elected Deputy National President less than 3 years later. When I first joined I remember looking up to Sofie and Marco as semi-gods as Local Presidents, and the National President I didn't dare talk to at all! I don't think the opportunity to take on the leadership of a national organisation comes everyday, and when opportunity knocks, I answer!

What are your plans for JCI UK in 2011 and 2012
In 2011 my plans are to support National President Allison Cowell and also to plan and prepare for 2012. I want to involve the current and future local presidents and active members as much as I can in this planning so that everyone can contribute and feel they have a stake and ownership in how our organisation is developing.

JCI is a leadership development organisation and we need to not only give leadership development opportunities to our members but also provide active leadership support. As National board our role is to support the local chambers. JCI is first and foremost local. If we don't make a difference in our local communities, if we don't contribute, if no-one were to miss us if we went away, then JCI is loosing its relevance and that is what I want to work on as National President in 2012. Support our local presidents make a difference in their local communities and be the best leaders they can be.

Has JCI presented any unusual/interesting opportunities? 

Unusual and interesting? For sure! Let me think which ones are appropriate for general consumption...

Is there anything you have done as a JCI member that you never would have thought possible before you joined?
I'm an optimist, so I wouldn't say that anything before seemed impossible. However there are lots of things I've done through JCI that I didn't expect to do. I didn't expect to be the National President or Local President of JCI London, or even get as active as I have become, neither did I expect to speak in the House of Lords, compete in the World Public Speaking Championship, see Ban Ki-Moon, build a float in a Swedish forest, become a trainer...and the list goes on... (and I think that should answer the question before too...)
 
What do you enjoy most about being a JCI member?
The people. I love that everyone in JCI are engaged in the world around them. We say that our motto is "Be Better" and that is so true about JCI members. We're always looking at how we can make something be better, how we can be better, how we can make the world around us better for us and everyone else. With JCI members around there's always a good conversation lurking somewhere. 
 
Anything you want to say to end with?
Yes! If you are interested in the strategic development of our organisation, join Future Forum this year! We'll look at membership trends and how we can make the membership experience better.

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1st May, 2011

Meet Regional Group Chair for The South - Anne Craven
by Sarah Beckwith on May 1, 2011 19:37

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Anne Craven - RGC The SouthHow long have you been a member? 

I have been a member for about 1.5 years now, having joined the JCI in December 2009.

Why did you join?

I wanted to increase my skils and experience. Originally I was particularly interested in governance and council work, and then saw how many other skills I could also develop -- project management, team work, budgeting...

What is your role this year?

I am Regional Group Chairman for the Southern Region within JCI UK. This means that I act as a facilitator in the collaborations between the JCI Local Chapters in the South and also act as a link between the Presidents and the National Board.

What made you take on this particular role?

I was interested in coordinating and facilitating collaborations on a larger scale. The year before (2010), I had been International Director and Deputy Business Director within JCI London, had enjoyed the work and felt ready for a bigger challenge!

What are you hoping to achieve this year?

I am hoping to help the Southern Region lay some useful cornerstones for current and future collaborations between the Chapters. Just improving communications will also be an achievement! I am glad to say that we are on track on both accounts.

Is there anything you have done as a JCI member that you never would have thought possible before you joined?

I would not have imagined working on a regional basis, or winning Best Project/Programme prizes on a national level, or being successful in a Public Speaking competition, or indeed winning national awards in Debating!

What do you enjoy most about being a JCI member?

I enjoy getting to know different people and working with them, and of course socialising with them! Moreover, I really enjoy challenging myself and learning new skills.

**A final word -- please could I encourage all those interested in regional events and regional collaborations to contact me on a.k.w.craven@gmail.com? Loads of exciting opportunities available!

 

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28th Apr, 2011

60 second interview: Nadene Jones, Social Director, JCI London
by Sarah Beckwith on April 28, 2011 20:16

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Can you tell us about your background? 
I have a rather mixed back ground in that I don't think I can say that I come from one place/country. I grew up in Zimbabwe, so had a very exciting time with some of the most unusual pets imaginable (I'm a mad animal person!). I moved to New Zealand where I studied Business and Computers at Uni and started my own trading business.

I caught a Travel bug while over in London a few years ago and decided to pack up and move to China for a few months, which was amazing! When I ran out of money I then moved to London and have been here 3 years now...there is never a dull/boring moment to be had in this Melting Pot of a city.Portraits » Nadene JCI London.jpg

Why did you move to London? 
I moved to London to take advantage of the travel opportunities here. Travel around Europe is so much more accessible from London than it was in New Zealand and also I knew the job opportunities would help me gain the experience I need to get higher up the ladder given that there are so many more cultures to work with.

What's the benefits of being active in the JCI London council? 
Being involved in, not only the Local Chamber but also being allow an opinion in the National Board decisions. But for my role as Social Director I would say the biggest benefit is being able to develop other members who want to be involved and learn how to organise and host events. Giving them to the licence to be creative and empowering them which inspire confidence.

What was you biggest learning when you did JCI Presenter and JCI Trainer? 
I thoroughly enjoyed both of these courses! In just those three days I learnt so much about myself and other people. Biggest lesson that has stayed with me is, if your speaking in front of people and you know what you want to say, but it doesn't come out right or you make a mistake - it's not usually noticeable by anyone but yourself so just carry on as if nothing was wrong. Words flow easierly if your talking about something your passionate about and believe in.

What projects are you involved in in JCI London 2011? 
I'm involved in a project where we have invited our five twin cities (JCI in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tallin, Paris and Berlin) to London for a weekend of British culture. This is one of the ways we encourage relationship building with our countries as we are international and we all have the same goals in mind for the our lives and saving the world.

Another really exciting project we're doing this year is creating a brand new London Chamber from scratch. This will mean we have two JCI chambers in London, giving the members an opportunity to be involved and double the benefit we can provide to our communities.

Why do you think more people should join JCI? 
It's just such a fantastic opportunity to be active and develop your networks but also to help other people. For me personally, I joined because I wanted to meet new people like me that would make a difference in my life and learn the skills to be confidence as I knew I needed it but, after being in JCI for a few months I have a real passion to help other people make the most of their experiences and their lives. JCI has a really supportive membership base that are always more than willing to help and offer their advice.

What do you think make JCI different from other networking groups in London? 
JCI is different because we have a wider focus which suits every one of our members, from community driven people to business driven people. There is always something out there which will interest everyone. We make a difference and we can see this with our Nothing but Nets Champaign where we have helped saved families in Africa from Malaria.

Who do you admire? 
There are so many people I admire for all different reasons, though the first person that came to mind is a JCI member for her passion, her Just-Do it attitude and her drive to succeed with the same values as myself. She has achieved a lot in her JCI career and there is always a new challenge that she's willing to take on. She's such a supportive and encouraging person. For me, she's one of those people I admire and would strive to have the same qualities, drivers and ambition and I which I am working on. This person was President of JCI London last year and will be President of JCI UK next year - Solveig Malvik.

What you biggest passion in life? 
I have two passions in life and both equally important to me, one is travelling - I love exploring and experiencing different places and cultures, there is always such wonderful learning experiences to be had. The second passion for me is helping people make the most of their lives. The way the world has changed, has left a lot of people struggling for some purpose and direction in life. The reward for me is seeing how much happier people can be once they are doing what they are passionate about and making the most of what they have.

 

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12th Apr, 2011

 

Ismail Haznedar is JCI Vice President assigned to JCI UK. For many members that doesn't mean much and we tend to use lots of abbreviations in JCI. Portraits » Ismail_Haznedar_Foto.jpg

Here is a quick lesson how it works: JCI is present in over 115 countries and to keep all countries together and make them work toward our mission there are some "layers" of leadership.

So in short, we have our members, Local Presidents, Regional Group Chairmen, National President, International Vice President (IVP), Executive Vice President (EVP) and JCI World President. Lots of titles and people. In JCI you have one year to lead, one year to make an impact and one year to learn, develop and grow.

Ismail is from JCI Eurasia, one of the chapters based in Istanbul in Turkey (they have eight chapters in total) and JCI Turkey have been growing a lot over the last few years. He was National President 2010 and as IVP he is assigned to JCI UK, JCI Scotland, JCI Ireland, JCI Germany, JCI Switzerland and JCI Austria.

Ismail, how long have you been an active JCI member?
I discovered JCI in 2005 through a training event. After participating in the event I decided to be a member and took responsibility to be a project director.
 
What was it that made you put yourself forward for the role as IVP?
International Vice President position is a great opportunity to continue your development. I also have the chance to share my experience and best practices I learned during my membership and to help support JCI's National Organisations to accomplish their targets. Meanwhile, it also gives a chance to experience the international leadership and to create value within a global network.
 
I happen to know that there are some members of JCI who are aspiring to go for an international position within JCI, do you have any insider tips that they should follow?
Actually, the best advice is always to concentrate on your current responsibility. You can build a career just with a success story. If you can do the best and be open to serve in any position, then opportunity  finds you... Regardless of what it is, in JCI to be active and have a responsibility is a living mission and creates development opportunities.
 
Who is a leader you admire?
I had a great chance to meet, work and participate in academies where JCI World President's shared their experiences. Kentaro Harada, Roland Kwemain, Jun Sup Shin, Graham Hanlon, Scott Greenlee, Lars Hajslund, and other past World Presidents are great leaders, true global networkers and people of inspiration.  
 
How do you describe their values?
They are the ones who live the values of JCI and who realise the chance, first starting with themselves and then being an example for ourselves.
 
You seem to have a lot of energy, do you have any tips you would like to share on how to keep a high energy level?
When you are active and involved with something you love it gives you a positive energy. There's no secret, just keep doing the things you like most. I think that I am lucky to have that.
 
Do you have a favourite quote?
Joel Barker's quote 'Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world' is one of my favorite quotes.

 

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26th Feb, 2011

Meet Soraya - JCI London's Deputy Community Director
by Sarah Beckwith on February 26, 2011 13:46

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Blog » Random » Mile of Pennies.jpgHow long have you been a member?

6 months

What is your role this year?

Deputy Director Community

What made you take on this particular role?

In my current role in the NHS I workpredominatelyin thecommunity, this role doesn'tallow me to focus on other areas of interest such as leadership skills needed in the third sector andcorporatesocialresponsibility.

What are you hoping to achieve this year?

There is just so much I could say here. I would say to build on the community teams main theme : Building foundations for active citizenship at grassroots level, enabling our  members to make an impact at local and international level. A key achievement would be create more volunteering opportunities and assist our members developing projects that make an impact in their local communities. Finally for the London chamber to raise the most money for the Nothing But Nets  through the Mile of Pennies campaign- basically collecting pennies from members at every event.  So remember JCI members bring your pennies to every event (larger donations are most welcome). Every penny counts!!!!

Is there anything you have done as a JCI member that you never would have thought possible before you joined?

Standing on a drinks create at speakers corner totally unprepared promoting the benefits of JCI to the general public for Leadership Academy  apprentice challenge

What do you enjoy most about being a JCI member?

Opportunity to meet like-minded people, JCI really allows to put the personal back into personal development as sometimes can be restricted in the workplace and the space you are given to develop these skills

 

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6th Feb, 2011

Meet JCI London's Newest Senator - Marco van den Heuvel
by Sarah Beckwith on February 6, 2011 17:14

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How long have you been a member?
I have been a member since March 2005, so almost 6 years.

Why did you join JCI?
I was a Research Chemist at the time and convinced of my potential to be a good team leader at the company I worked for. However, they felt that as I didn't have the experience they couldn't give me the opportunity to demonstrate my abilities. That way I would never progress my career. Then I heard about JCI (by chance) and immediately recognised the potential to learn additional skills, get involved in projects and demonstrate (to myself as well as others) that I could indeed lead a team.

What is the Council team » Marco.jpgmost interesting JCI event you've been to and why?
That's a difficult one, as I have been to so many interesting ones. Top of the list though must be the international events like European Conferences and European Capitals Meetings. My best training experience has been European Academy, which is aimed at incoming Local Presidents: excellent trainers and training events, fantastic people and networking opportunities.

Has JCI presented any unusual/interesting opportunities?
That has to be my career change. Although I joined JCI to increase my chances of career progression to team leader in Chemistry, I had acquired all these great transferable skills through taking on leading roles on (international) projects and by being Local President. Realising I would not be able to put them into practice at my company, I decided to look for another job outside chemistry. Chance had it that I met my next employer, Marcus Orlovsky, at the European Conference in Budapest in 2009 who was a very inspiring speaker and mentioned they were looking for more staff. His drive and passion to improve learning environments at schools in the UK matched my desire to create positive change through my work. If it wasn't for the transferable skills I acquired through JCI that career change would simply not have been possible.

What do you enjoy most about being a JCI member?
The opportunities for continuous personal development, meeting people from all walks of life and hearing their personal stories, working with other driven members who volunteer their time to help others whilst developing their skill set, and above all the supportive environment to expand your comfort zone and to become the person you can be.

Is there anything you have done as a JCI member that you never would have thought possible before you joined?
Where to begin...? Leaving chemistry after my Ph.D. and 7 years industrial experience to a job for which I had no experience or qualifications. Having dinner at the House of Commons and House of Lords (and speaking at the House of Lords!). Taking part in public speaking and debating competitions (and being quite good at it). Having an extensive international network of people many of whom I can proudly say I call friends.

What does becoming a senator mean to you?
Whilst I still feel that I have not done enough for JCI to deserve this great honour, it has given me the perfect opportunity to do just that: continue 'giving' and taking part, and be part of this great organisation after I age out (which is not that far away).

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4th Jan, 2011

Meet Eyad Hamouieh - JCI London International Director
by Sarah Beckwith on January 4, 2011 20:20

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Council team » Eyad.jpgYou are the International Director in JCI London next year? What's your plans for next year?
My plan next year is to add an element of business to the international events.  I have realised that a large number of JCI members are interested in business and would therefore like to attract them to the International team as well.

I am planning on running several events which would provide insight on the business culture within 5 different regions: China, India, US and Canada, Latin America and the Middle East
 
In addition to understanding the business culture of the above areas, I would like to run 1 or 2 sessions regarding the rules of Import and Export to the UK as well as between other countries.

Nevertheless, I still plan on running other non-business related events next year. This will be based on the members that approach the team and suggest these events (e.g. dancing from different countries, different foods... etc)

How have being a JCI member influenced your career? 
JCI has influenced my career tremendously! In fact, I was offered my current job after attending the JCI Annual Dinner in 2010.

Furthermore, the soft skills that I was exposed too and the training sessions that ran within JCI London events helped me tremendously in my current job. Especially being originally an Engineer with little contact with clients!
 
Can you give some top tips to new members? 
I would recommend new members to take on the challenge of being active within JCI not only attending events, but by running them.  This will provide a new challenging experience, a great networking opportunity and is always attractive to put on your CV. You also never know what these events might lead to next.
 
Who is your dream speaker that you would like to invite to a JCI event? 
Warren Buffett
 
What can JCI do for you? Do you need help with anything such as connections, developing ides? 
JCI has already done a lot for me. However I believe that you can never have enough connections and therefore would love to network even more. My father always quoted the saying to me "it's not what you know, it's who you know".

 

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