Written by Tom Kelly
In the past year, Bethany left her 25-year corporate career in Hospitality and Restaurant Operations Leadership, and switched gears into independent Fitness and Holistic Wellness coaching. Leading and coaching people was her favorite part of the job in her previous career, and now she is able to merge that with my passion, experience and training in fitness, nutrition, biohacking, and continuous self-development in order to help others overcome their obstacles, reach their goals, and discover the best versions of themselves.
How did you hear about Venture Cafe Phoenix?
I was invited by my long-time friend, Forbes Shannon
Have you had any memorable connections at Venture Café Phoenix? If so, please tell us how you met them, who they are and how they have impacted you and your organization?
I’ve made many memorable connections! To name just a few: Alex Koupal, who is now my mentor and business partner. Sarah Waschler and Johnna Vande Vegte were so helpful in my immersion to the Venture Cafe community as I volunteered through the summer. Ricardo Nieves, Kevin Mead and Isaiah Lopez have been sources of encouragement and great examples of successful startup businesses and class-act entrepreneurs.
What inspires you?
People who have the courage to do what sets them free and lights them up, not what makes them feel safe.
Tell us a little more about your current role with your organization and how it has impacted the start-up ecosystem here in the greater Phoenix region.
Still quite new in my role as a Wellness Coach, and with only about 6 months in the Phoenix startup community, I’m mostly focused on finding as many people and groups to network and make new connections with each week, with the goal of growing the Alimental Life Brand and adding value to as many people in as many parts of the Valley as possible.
Can you discuss your experience at Venture Café Phoenix and any impact the event has had on your organization?
Each week at Venture Cafe has provided me with abundant opportunities to connect with people from all backgrounds, professions and parts of the Phoenix Valley and even the world. I’ve found the Mentor’s Corner to be an especially great place to find guidance, as well as offer my services to those looking for guidance. The various classroom and spotlight sessions have been educational and instrumental in understanding the options and working parts of founding and growing a startup. It’s like a fun and extremely informative (and free) weekly mini bootcamp for entrepreneurs.
I’m a huge advocate for Venture Cafe, as any of my friends, family, and professional connections will tell you. I know so many talented people who have great ideas for startups, but feel tied to the “safety” of their corporate jobs and salaries because they just don’t have the information on how or where to start. This was my story less than a year ago. I always feel gratified when I have the opportunity to volunteer on a Thursday night, and have lots of gratitude for the VC Team and Founders for all that goes into providing the experience each week.
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