I was on my way to represent the Crila® products at ExpoWest – the huge international natural products show that takes place in early March each year. 60,000 professionals from the organic and natural products sector attended this year, from Mom & Pop health food store owners to the big chains, multinational manufacturers and distributors, scholars, scientists, alternative healthcare and “self-care” practitioners, and celebrity doctors. Crila® has attended or participated each year since Mark Blumenthal, the Founder and Executive Director of the American Botanical Council, introduced me to the show in 2009. In 2010, we brought Crila® to the American market and exhibited for the first time at ExpoWest. This year we brought Mr. Thien Van Nguyen, the General Manager of our FDA-registered factory, and Mr. Duc Do, our Export Manager. Many of you know Duc if you have written to our website with a question or comment. Duc has assisted me at ExpoWest in years past, but this was Thien’s first trip to America – but more on our Crila® “road trip” in another blog.
At the Mills-Google event, it was a treat to see other Mills alumnae showcasing their talent. I felt Dr. Tram, the inventor of Crila®, would have been right at home amongst these women. She was a pioneer in 1990 – establishing her organic plantations by day, and working with the plants in the laboratory by night to unlock their secrets and discover the complex extraction processes required to create Crila®. She saw the need then to grow what millions of men and women need now. It takes years for her unique plants to reach the biological maturity that gives Crila® the power to maintain prostate, menopause and uterine health. Dr. Tram’s Crila® is today’s Game Changer for the men and women of my generation who are looking for healthy aging options – all because of what she started over 20 years ago. I never tire of telling Dr. Tram’s story of struggle, achievement and success, and found a ready audience amongst the “unstoppable women of Mills College.”
But back to Bush . . . Michael Bush teaches Entrepreneurship to graduate students at the Lokey Graduate Business School at Mills College in Oakland, California. Do check out his website with the short video presentations, books and publications that will be invaluable in getting your business on the right path. In his talk, Bush set forth The 8 Factors he considers essential in framing a new business:
The crisp, clear thinking was an inspiration and made me want to be a student again, but only if I could return to Mills and study with talent like Michael Bush.
The event was the first of its kind for the Palo Alto Mills club but was such a smashing success, it will likely become an annual showcase. Once again, Thank You to the organizers from the Palo Alto Area Mills College Club, to Google, and to Mills College!
Sue McKinney (Mills College Class of ’75)
Managing Director, Crila Health