Levo League’s Local Phoenix Chapter’s first Mentor Power Hour at Galvanize was a refreshing event filled with a small, but mighty group of women (and a few men) eager to learn from speakers and listen to each other. The event was hosted and organized by the amazing Kia Bess, Founder of She’s Trending and Ritta Yee-Fagain, Lead Business Development for Kitchen Sink Studios.
Attendees from all over the Valley came together in the Warehouse District of Downtown, Phoenix to support and welcome the Local Levo Phoenix Chapter gained intimate access to female entrepreneur speakers who pursued their passion all the way to success.
The first speaker, Kay McDonald, founder of Charity Charms, offers charities a unique model to raise funding and awareness by creating custom charms, uniquely inspired by the organization’s logo. Charity Charms was a culmination of Kay’s diverse background in fashion and sourcing. She combines her sales and marketing acumen to give non-profits a product that is on-trend and easily marketable to their target audience.
During the Q&A portion, Kay left us with some key advice:
Being an entrepreneur can be very difficult. Learn from the experience of other entrepreneurs who are already doing what you are thinking of doing. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. Find your strengths in their weaknesses and do it better with your own twist!
The second speaker, Tran Tran, CEO of Axis Employment Services, an award-winning staffing partner “solely focused on matching a candidate’s goals, passion, strength, and personality to the right company.” Tran began her story as a 9 year old refugee fleeing Vietnam for America. Like many immigrants, they nothing more than the clothes on her back. Despite adversity, Tran found her passion in staffing by happenstance and has since transformed the hiring process to be founded on the principles of honesty and integrity instead of a certain minimum skillset – a long-standing standard the industry set and many continue to live by.
Tran’s shift in mindset has become Axis’ signature differentiator and the foundation for high client-retention rates and consistent referrals. Axis is currently and repeatedly ranked as one of the Top 50 Minority Businesses in Phoenix, Arizona and Top 10 in Arizona Republic’s Who’s Who in Business.
Tran imparted the top 3 traits she looked for in an ideal candidate, regardless of industry:
- Hard Work Ethic
- Positive Attitude
When asked about how she felt the first Mentor Power Hour by Local Levo Phoenix Chapter went, Tran Tran told Momillennial:
“It went very well, especially for the first one. There were some great positive energy and the attendants were genuinely interested! Once it gains traction, I think that we will be a tremendous (Local Levo) chapter!”
It’s a sentiment I personally share with Tran. I have no doubt it resonates with the rest of the Levo Phoenix chapter as well.