Ginny Wilmerding

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October 22, 2006

Ginny Davis Wilmerding (PU ’91, PiA Okawa summer fellow ’90, now a PiA Trustee) has just published a book, Smart Women and Small Business: How to Make the Leap from Corporate Careers to the Right Small Enterprise (Wiley, October 2006).  Ginny credits her five years in Asia (1991-1996 in Shanghai and Hong Kong) for her urge to work in smaller, more nimble organizations:  “Working for a big U.S. corporation in Asia is so much more entrepreneurial than a traditional corporate career back home.  I became a convert to small companies soon after returning to the States, and I’ve never looked back!”  Although she loves life in the U.S., Ginny’s heart remains in China, so it’s no surprise that one niche she’s been drawn to is wholesale importing. She’s the former co-owner of a company that sourced custom gift packaging there for gourmet food companies.  That small business experience, plus the two years at Princeton running the Student Flower Agency with PiA’s own Executive Director Anastasia Vrachnos, helped provide fodder for her new book.  One of Ginny’s passions has always been supporting women in their pursuit of professional and entrepreneurial opportunities- case in point, she wrote her senior thesis on a women’s vocational college in Fujian, China!  Ginny knows that PiA alums, more so than any other group, can relate to careers that twist and turn but provide great life experiences.   So, whether you are a “smart woman” or a guy looking for a good holiday gift for the women in your life, get thee to a bookstore and look for her book.  www.smartwomen-smallbusiness.com

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