Advance Blog

April 30, 2024
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Message From Chamber – April 2024

Joana Button

“Dear AustCham Members,

As we take a moment to reflect on the events of April and look forward to the opportunities that May brings, I am happy to share some exciting updates and highlights with you.

Firstly, I want to extend my warmest wishes to everyone for a happy Songkran. I hope you had a rejuvenating break filled with joy and meaningful moments with loved ones.

Songkran not only marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year but also symbolizes cleansing, reverence, and good fortune. It’s a time of new beginnings as we bid farewell to our outgoing ED and welcomed our newly formed board. However, with our new president, Donnah, at the helm, I am confident that we are in excellent hands. Last month, Donnah shared her vision for the chamber, focusing on sustainability and belonging, and I am excited about the journey ahead under her leadership.

Taking a moment to revisit the memorable events from April, we started the month with our Business Briefing on Tech-Driven Facility Services. Our corporate sponsor, IFS, led an insightful discussion on the latest innovations in facility services and technology integration. It was a valuable opportunity to explore how technology is reshaping industries and driving efficiency. 

Which was immediately followed by our April Sundowners. Our April Sundowners event was a resounding success, bringing together members and guests at the prestigious Sukothai Hotel. It was an evening filled with networking, camaraderie, and the spirit of collaboration.

We also hosted our SME Success Strategy Session, addressing the needs of our SME members. Discussions ranged from potential SME Expos to understanding SME needs through interactive round-table discussions, all aimed at building confidence and value for our SME members. It was heartening to see our SME community come together to discuss ways to thrive and succeed.

On April 25th, AustCham Thailand, in collaboration with the Advance Australia Council, Thailand Tigers Australian Football Club, and the New Zealand Thai Chamber of Commerce, hosted a moving ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Hellfire Pass Commemorative Centre. It was a poignant tribute to honor the sacrifices of our ANZAC heroes, and we want to express our gratitude to all who attended and supported this special event.

Looking ahead to May, we remain committed to sustainability and belonging. Therefore, I am thrilled to announce the official launch of our NextGen Membership.

Designed for the next generation of young professionals and young entrepreneurs, our NextGen membership offers exclusive access to a vibrant community, networking opportunities, workshops, and training programs. Members will also enjoy discounted rates for events and access to private networking groups on LinkedIn and Line. Additionally, NextGen members will have the unique opportunity to participate in the AustCham mentoring program, gaining invaluable insights and guidance from industry leaders which will launch in June.

The NextGen membership is an Individual membership divided into two categories: Students: Individuals currently enrolled in an educational institution and Young Professionals, Young Entrepreneurs & Individuals under the age of 35. The annual membership fee for students is 5k THB and the annual membership fee for Young Professionals & Young Entrepreneurs is 8k THB. All fees are subject to a 7% VAT.

NextGen isn’t just a membership; it’s a community—a place where young professionals, young entrepreneurs, and those young at heart can come together to do Business, build Connections, and give back to the Community.

To kick things off, I’m pleased to announce our next round of TedX talks scheduled for May 29th, exploring the theme “Navigating the Pathway & Crossroads to Success: Exploring Entrepreneurship vs Intrapreneurship for NextGen Success.” This promises to be an enlightening session, offering guidance and inspiration to help NextGen members chart their course for success.

NextGen embodies our commitment to investing in the future generation, which is why the Chamber is placing a strong focus on NextGen initiatives. Beyond just membership and mentorship, NextGen represents our dedication to sustainability and fostering a sense of belonging within our community. Whether you’re interested in becoming a speaker, sponsor, mentor, or seeking mentorship yourself, we encourage you to reach out to the AustCham office or directly to me. Your involvement is vital in shaping the future success of our chamber and the next generation of leaders.

And, as we embrace the opportunities that the new year brings, let’s make the most of this new beginning and create a future filled with growth, collaboration, and success. Thank you for your continued support. 

Warm regards

Joana Button

Vice President at AustCham Thailand

Joana Button, Vice President at AustCham Thailand

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