The collaboration organized a number of events in the cities of New York and Chicago, both areas with a significant Lithuanian émigré population. The events attracted around 150 professionals from different sectors important for Lithuanian business.
The aim of the events was to extend the network of Lithuanian professionals from different business sectors.
At present, the GLL network connects more than 700 professionals from 45 different countries who have experience working internationally, and either a business or personal link with Lithuania.
During the stateside meetings, participants discussed the progress Lithuania has made in recent years, as well as its future perspectives, development opportunities and how Lithuanian professionals having valuable international experience could help develop the country’s reputation around the world.
Meetings with professionals of Lithuanian origin were organized in cooperation with Lithuanian consulates, Lithuanian communities in the U.S. and organizations run by professionals in the regions.
As way of inspiring discussion surrounding the importance of global thinking and how individual success stories have contributed to Lithuania’s quick rate of economic development, the GLL invited guest speakers to share their personal experiences about how to build and maintain strong relations with Lithuania.
The speakers also offered advice on how professionals can assist Lithuania in sustaining its reputation on international markets.
The main speaker at the New York event was Lithuanian-American. Mrs. Cynthia Pasky, the founder and manager of Strategic Staffing Solutions.
She received the Global Lithuania award for attracting a high number of foreign investments to Lithuania.
Pasky invited international Lithuanians to become investment ambassadors, and said a flight ticket to Lithuania for a potential investor is already a guarantee of a successful business.
“The most important thing is to bring investors to the country,” she said. “Then an investment will be assured.”
By championing Lithuania’s intelligent workforce and investment opportunities, Pasky’s company has contributed to the development of the Lithuanian economy by attracting the consistently growing international companies such as Barclays, Western Union, and Intermedix.
As a result of its rate of economic development, Lithuania was included into the list of developed countries by the International Monetary Fund.
Meanwhile, the meeting over in Chicago was very popular among Lithuanian entrepreneurs from different generations, and main speakers Angela Sinickas and Aurimas Adomavičius shared stories of successful tie-ups with Lithuanian businesses.
Sinickas is the founder and CEO of the internationally recognized communication performance evaluation company. Sinickas Communications Inc, whole Aurimas Adomavičius is the co-owner and manager of the very profitable and successful IT company, Devbridge.
Sinickas was admitted her professional experience and knowledge has been a key factor maintaining the connection with Lithuania.
Throughout her life, Sinickas said she has the dream and willingness to support Lithuania’s development and sustainability. She realized a growing demand for the innovations of internal and external communication, which became the reason behind many of her successfully implemented projects.
“Angela Sinickas is one of the most active participants in the GLL Business Advisors programme, by supporting three Lithuanian companies and sharing her personal experiences with them,” said GLL manager, Kotryna Stankutė Jaščemskienė.
“The programmes developed by the Enterprise Lithuania and Global Lithuanian Leaders organisations is designed to provide assistance to emerging Lithuanian businesses by sharing international experience.
“In addition, Angela attends many business conferences, gives lectures in several Lithuanian universities, and spreads the word to global professionals about Lithuania and the investment opportunities there are here.
Devbridge founder Adomavičius found confidence and trust within the Lithuanian business environment while establishing his business in his hometown, Kaunas.
“It is ironic,” said Adomavičius “that the most talented IT specialists in Lithuania usually come from small towns and country sides – mainly because in the largers cities there is still a common understanding that the only most required professions in the world are in law and medicine.”
In her concluding remarks about the meetings and as way of encouraging participants to support Lithuania’s rate of business development and encourage foreign investment, Stankutė-Jaščemskienė said: “to love Lithuania and to contribute to its development can be done even while living elsewhere.”