【S】International Business Career Panel

One of the perks of being part of the CISB program is being able to meet and hear from successful businessmen and businesswomen, who have careers in international business– a career that many of us aspire to have in our future. It is always inspiring to listen to their stories and advice, and what I love the most about it is that sometimes, there would be this one advice that stays in your head and motivates you to work harder and fight for your dream.

Last Thursday we had “International Business Career Panel”, where five executives from different companies were kind enough to spare their after-work hours to share their experience with us. I really enjoyed their talk, and one thing that they ALL mentioned was: “Find your Passion. Do what you love, love what you do.”

Here are some other key takeaways that I got from the panel that I’d like to share:

Dr. Fariba Alamdari, VP Marketing and Value Analysis, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

  • Always go beyond what is asked.
  • Don’t make money your objective. If you are passionate, immerse yourself, be respectful, be nice to people, money will come to you.
  • Don’t fail to prepare, but prepare to fail.
  • Don’t moan and complain. Find a solution.
  • The harder you work, the luckier you get. (This was my favorite. It almost gave me chills! Isn’t it true? :))

Mark Coffey, Chief Investment Officer, Global Partnerships

  • Learn to love what you do.
  • Be curious!
  • Go and get the best skill that is transferable anywhere.
  • Be prepared and willing to get your hands dirty.

Rod Spencer, Director, Logistics, PACCAR

  • When you apply for a job, think long-term: What skills would you need in order to achieve your goal/dream job?
  • Stay fit, eat properly!
  • Read WSJ…etc, understand what is going on in the world.
  • Any language you learn will be beneficial in some ways! Being able to speak more than a language is an important skill.
  • Network: don’t just network with people who might get you something. Be sincere, earn their respect, get to know them.

 Hiram Machado, CEO, adaquest

  • If you do what you want, find your passion, people will look for you, you don’t have to find a job.

Susana Murillo, Vice President, Country Manager, Latin America, Canada, Portugal & Spain, U.S. Bank Overseas Banking Division

  • Be sensitive to other people’s cultures.
  • Be prepared to work long hours at times-because every country has such different time zones. You might need to wake up early/get off work late to talk with clients.


I really love meeting new, different people and hearing about their stories. I feel like there’s so much to learn from everyone and it’s something that you don’t really get just from reading or from your personal experience (yet). How about you? When was the last time you got inspired? 🙂





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