Networking, Great Speakers, Delicious Turkish appetizers, and drinks

Sunday, February 26, 2017 | 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


AUSA Conference and Event Center

2425 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201

Space is limited. Please buy your ticket now online  >  $25 per person | Price at the door $35





“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”

I’m sure you have heard this popular phrase before. Networking is very important these days to your continued business success.

That’s why we have put together a great program for you. This is the first Independent Turkish Business Networking event bringing all Turkish people together. We are not affiliated with any government, political party or political group.


Be part of this great event. Register early. We expect this event to sell out fast!


Make sure to bring your Business Cards.


Let’s Network!

Sitki Kazanci


Get “plugged in” to your community

Expand your network

Accelerate your professional development

Seek new career opportunities

Meet local Turkish business owners

Satisfaction from helping others

Master your business pitch

Find potential clients

Learn from great speakers

Enjoy Turkish appetizers and drinks

Don’t miss out!


2:00 Networking and Socializing

3:15 Keynote Speaker

4:00 Success Story

4:30 New Business

5:00 Meeting adjourns

Communicating for Sales Success

It’s imperative to have a clear and concise business story that gets your prospect to say, “I need that!”, especially in today’s economy!  Whether you are at a networking event or communicating with prospects on the phone or email, what you say can make the difference between “No thank you” and “Let’s talk!” In this fun, educational, and highly interactive workshop, you will learn how to create powerful, clear marketing messages that wow your prospects and improve your sales success.



Ira Koretsky

Motivational Speaker | Communications, Marketing, Leadership, Business Storytelling

Ira improves your individual and organizational performance, accelerating revenue and improving organizational effectiveness. He is a sought-after speaker inspiring over 34,000 people globally. He is highly in demand as a consultant, presentation and communication coach and has had over 45 articles published. He has accelerated success for corporations, government agencies, associations, and charities around the world. Ira helped one company win a $94 M contract, the library of Congress become the executive agent for over $515 M in Federal information product procurements, and has worked with organizations such as ASAE, Department of Energy, Government of Georgia, IBM, Lockheed Martin, SmartCEO Magazine, TiE-DC, Universities of California and Maryland, Warner Bros., and Yum Brands!

Lydia Borland

President, LB International Solutions LLC

Lydia is a very successful business person. She has more than 30 years of public and private sector experience in international business and government relations. She has a keen understanding of how US policy can reflect the views of the business and non-profit communities. She has received awards for being the best female government affairs/government relations professional in her field. She speaks Turkish, Italian, Spanish, French, and Azerbaijani.


She will share her success story telling us how she has managed to run a successful and thriving business in a challenging economy.



Hande and John Uzun


Hande and John Uzun recently opened a unique hospitality furniture store called SANDALYECI USA, in Virginia. They will share their story about starting a new business linking Turkey and the U.S. and will talk about their plans to bring cutting edge production and design to the hospitality furniture market in the U.S., along with their strategy for expansion.

John and M. Hande Akmehmet Uzun have strong backgrounds in business management with many years of on the ground business experience between them. They both hold Masters degrees in Business and Economics. With a keen eye for new opportunities, they brought SANDALYECI to the U.S. and started the SANDALYECI USA operation, providing customized furniture solutions to the hospitality industry.

Senem Bakar

Director, International Student & Scholar Services, American University, Washington, DC.

With over 20 years of experience in International Education and Exchange, Senem provides expertise to other university offices on international education exchange. She is active in NAFSA leadership and the Association for International Educators as the Chair of the Embassy Dialogue Committee (EDC).In addition to chairing the EDC, she also serves as a mentor for NAFSA Region 8 and is on the Trainer’s Corps for J1 Exchange Visitor Regulations and Foreign Credential Analysis.

She holds an MA in Economics from Catholic University of America.



Space is limited. Please buy your ticket now to secure your seat. |  Price: $25 per person

Exhibit Table   $300

One table, 66 inches X 30 inches, Located in cocktail area


Premium Exhibit Table   $450

One table, 66 inches X 30 inches, Located in the conference room

Only 4 tables available




For questions regarding this event, please contact us.

Complimentary parking for this event is available in the garage under the center.

Parking is limited. If no parking spaces are available, please use street parking.



Take the Orange Line or Silver Line to the Court House metro stop and exit by following signs to Clarendon Blvd./Strayer University exit (left). Cross the street (Wilson/Clarendon) at the traffic light, turn left and walk west on Wilson about two blocks. The AUSA building at 2425 Wilson Blvd. is on your right and is identified by the gold letters AUSA.