Woodinville business woman wins state young careerist competition
by Kirk Boxleitner
Anne M. Alberg of AMA Internet Services, Inc., has been chosen as the Washington Business and Professional Women's (BPW) Young Careerist and will represent the state at the nationwide BPW meeting on July 27 in Washington, D.C.
Alberg competed at the local and district level before winning the state competition May 18 in Wenatchee.
BPW's annual Young Careerist Program was developed to increase public awareness for BPW and promote its role as advocate and mentor for young professionals 25-35. The competition involves a written application listing personal and professional activities and accomplishments, an individual interview with all three judges, a group interview among the contestants, and a five-minute prepared speech.
Alberg said she enjoyed the opportunity to review what she had done over the last 15 years. "[The application] exercise made me realize that we, as young professional women, have lots to be proud of. We are usually too busy to take the time to reflect on our achievements," she said.
Alberg also found the questions on women's issues to be intensive and thought-provoking, and not just for the contestants. "One of our judges, Peter Van Well, mentioned how much he got out of the interview experience. He felt that the issues discussed were very relevant and was surprised that we did not blame men for many of the issues we discussed, but that we felt it was a lack of support from other women," Alberg said.
For her speech topic, Alberg chose the Internet. "Instead of the normal hype of creating web pages, promoting your business online, or shopping online, I spoke regarding two aspects that I feel are especially important: the facilitation of global communication and the widespread access to information."
Alberg was a marketing major at the University of Washington. She worked for 8 1/2 years at Diagnostic Ultrasound, where she helped develop the business plan for a chain of Internet cafes. Currently she is an Internet business consultant.
In addition, Alberg is a member of the Women Who Win Investment Club and has served as president of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Medical Marketing Association. She is also president-elect of the Woodinville BPW, which is the largest local chapter in the state of Washington with 75 members.
The Business and Professional Women is a national organization devoted to achieving equity for all women in the workplace. Woodinville BPW meets on the second Monday of every month. Visitors and guests are welcome. For more information, call 822-6015 or contact Jane Juliet at 867-9829.