Boosting Business Opportunities Amongst Members

10 am Thursday morning, members of NYLESA started arriving at the Press Box, an Irish-American bar and restaurant located in a 150 year-old building in midtown Manhattan. It was not a brunch gathering but a Career and Business Fair, an event organized by the Career Support Working Group, especially for its members.

Running for the second year, the fair offered an opportunity to promote small businesses, old and new, amongst members. Taking part for the first time, Anisha Varughese wanted to ‘sell’ a new idea she came up with from her love of cooking – a home-cooked Indian food service. Another first timer, Saleha Atif, has been selling her clothing and jewelry artworks online, the fair gave her a rare chance in her 3.5 years living in New York to physically show her products.

Oliver Caudon attended the event for the second time. Debuting his business (and pro bono support) as a self-confidence coach in the fair last year has helped more people to know about his work and to spread the word. Oli continued to participate in this year’s fair so he could reach out to more members directly and let them know what he could offer.

The event was free for attendees except for the business-promoters, who contributed $20 each towards the venue hire. First timer Odelea Freire thought it was an amount totally worth paying in exchange for an opportunity to talk about the insurance agent job she just started herself only two weeks ago. In the two hour session there, she was not only able to tell other participants about the insurance benefits but also managed to raise the interest of three other members, who now want to become insurance agents like her.

The place was bursting with attendees, talking about the business offers and ideas, making new acquaintances or simply just chatting and catching up with friends. However, the fair saw a significant decrease of businesses presented, only six tables compared to 13 last year.

Explaining the fall, Tuba Samih Durrani, the NYLESA Chair, also a second timer, disclosed two reasons. Firstly, this year was a promotional event only, so members could be put off by this no buying/selling rule. Secondly, the timing might be too close to the holiday season with many being away or too busy.

Nessreen Abuzeid, who recently took over the role as Career Support Coordinator said they would take all of this experience into consideration for the next Career and Business Fair, which could be as soon as April 2018. Nessreen also has other plans to provide more career support for members as well as promoting NYLESA in general.

Visit the NYLESA Career and Business Fair

The second NYLESA Career & Business Fair is just around the corner. Come to the Press Box on December 7, and visit the promotional event created by NYLESA to showcase the small businesses of its members, and to boost career development opportunities.
In the Career and Business Fair, you will have the opportunity to see what services and goods NYLESA members offer. Wandering through the tables you will meet Yoga instructors, personal coaches, insurance experts and jewels traders. You will also have the chance to ask more about the NYLESA Roster active on the website.
Come to the NYLESA C& B Fair: trade your experience and have fun!
The entrance is free of chargeJoin us and bring your friends along!

Learn how to create amazing handmade gifts with NYLESA Holiday Origami workshop


On Friday December 8, at Roni Sue's Chocolate, join us for a fun and educational Japanese origami workshop lead by NYLESA member, Shiho Mashiko. Learn the fundamentals of this beautiful, ancient art and take home your handmade objects to hang on your Christmas tree, give as gifts, or use for holiday decorating. The workshop, organized by our special event coordinator, Lora Wiley-Lennartz, will start at 10 am and will end at 12.30pm. A fee of $20 is requested to pay for workshop materials, coffee, tea and muffins.  Confirm your attendance at

Did you know that Japanese origami began sometime after Buddhist monks carried paper to Japan during the 6th century? The first Japanese origami is dated from this period and was used for religious ceremonial purposes only, due to the high price of paper. Origami butterflies were used during Shinto weddings to represent the bride and groom. Samurai warriors are known to have exchanged gifts adorned with noshi, a sort of good luck token made of folded strips of paper. One of the most famous origami designs is the Japanese crane. The crane is auspicious in Japanese culture. Legend says that anyone who folds one thousand paper cranes will have their heart’s desire come true. The origami crane (折鶴 orizuru in Japanese) has become a symbol of peace.

Register now for a UN language or communication skills course!

Start 2018 by learning something new. Registration is now open for the for United Nations language & communication skills courses that will take place from 8 January – 30 March 2018

The Language and Communications Programme offers general language courses from beginner to advanced in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The programme also offers specialized communications courses in that are intended to develop specific cultural and professional skills in listening, speaking and interacting, reading or writing.

Please note that the deadline for registration for general language courses is 22nd December. But registration will start on 28th November. Course registration for specialized courses closes two weeks before the course starts.

Read more about the Language and Communications Programme and how to register here



NYLESA members are invited to an interesting talk with Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) entitled: "Why Space Matters - How Space impacts our daily life". The event, organized by The Women’s International Forum in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations, will be hosted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, from 15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Trusteeship Council Chamber.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) works to promote international cooperation in the peaceful use of outer space and in the utilisation of space science for sustainable socioeconomic development. Simonetta Di Pippo Prior to joining UNOOSA in 2014, was Head of the European Space Policy Observatory at Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) in Brussels and Director of Human Spaceflight of the European Space Agency from 2008 to 2011. She also served as the Director of the Observation of the Universe at ASI from 2002 to 2008, where she started her career in 1986.She has been an Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) since 2013 and a member of the IAA Board of Trustees since 2016. Ms. Di Pippo is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on space technology for the years 2016 to 2018. In 2008, the International Astronomical Union named asteroid 21887 “Dipippo” in honour of her contribution to space activities.

Please confirm your attendance by December 4th, at Remember to bring your NYLESA ground pass.

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