I always carry a pen,  even if I have to jot notes down on a napkin or coaster, so that my thoughts are recorded in real time.  I was so glad that I had my pen handy Wednesday afternoon.

Chamber members had the pleasure and privilege to hear from Madhu Beriwal, President& CEO of IEM as part of the Chamber’s Women in Business Luncheon Series.  What a powerful women in so many ways!

A 4th generation entrepreneur born and raised in India, Madhu traveled to Kansas to attend college.  Why Kansas? Her father told her that California was going to fall into the ocean and that the east coast had the Son of Sam loose, the North was too cold, the South was too hot… only the middle of America would be safe. So, Kansas it was! After earning her degree, she moved several times pursuing her passion.

An attendee asked “Was there one particular event that really helped propel your business?”

For Madhu, she says a number of things can be attributed to her success, but here are just a few that stuck out (and of course I took notes):

  • Read lots of books. She said she reads about 300 books a year to gain more insight and knowledge.
  • Learn from others. People have different strengths. Regardless of who they are or where they are from, you can learn something from them.  She shared a conversation with a professor on a plane ride. The idea that was developed during that conversation was implemented at IEM and is still used 15 years later.
  • You can have the best idea, but if you don’t have good marketing, then you are not going sell anything.
  • Learn to delegate. There is always someone who can do something better than you. Let them do it.
  •  Take time for reflection.

 Great takeaways and I believe most people left the event truly inspired! Thanks Madhu!



This event was the first installment of a three-part series. The next luncheon is October 26. Charlotte McKines, VP of Global Marketing Communications for Merck will be the speaker. The November 15 session will feature Iris Ramirez Reese, Founder and CEO of Fusion Multicultural Marketing & Communications.  Click here for more information.