Meet Sara Scoville-Weaver – Corporate Sales Manager at Conceptually Social

Written by Sarah Waschler and Kevin Tobias

Sara Scoville-Weaver is a Phoenix native/4th generation Graduate of Greenway High School in Phoenix, as well as a Graduate of The George Washington University in DC and Pennsylvania State University (Graduate work). Sara spent the past 10 years in the nonprofit/business devleopment industry assisting small business growth in the Valley, most recently as Director of Business Development at Downtown Phoenix Inc. Sara managed International Rescue Committee’s microloan fund to help disadvantaged entrepreneurs start small businesses and spent the past 5 years working for Downtown Phoenix Inc. helping to revitalize Downtown Phoenix through retailer technical assistance and company attraction and retention. Sarah is a Founding Member of World Bazaar Immigrant Small Business Festival.

How did you hear about Venture Café?
I’ve known about Venture Café for several years now. When they first approached the City of Phoenix, I used to work with Downtown Phoenix Inc. and they approached the valley about trying to figure out if they should come here and what the landscape was like, and if it was a good spot to land, and we all said they should!

Have you had any memorable connections at Venture Café Phoenix?
Yes! I’ve met great, great people who work for lots of wonderful companies. Every week is a different panel, so you always get to meet people who are really interested in that industry or that subject.

What inspires you?
Community and helping the Valley natives. So I love this city – I left after college, I think like a lot of people did, or they used to do in the early 2000s, because they thought Phoenix wasn’t really a place to be in. I went to a big top tier city, and I came back and I’m really happy that I did, because it’s just a really wonderful city to grow in with so much opportunity. So for me, I think it’s, it’s inspiring to build a really great equitable city. And the community here is really supportive of that. So that inspires me a lot.

Tell us a little more about your current role with the Conceptually Social?
I’m in charge of our catering side of sales, so any company, specifically corporations, that want to feed their teams and employees, I help them with menu creation and help them with that event. And really, it’s about using food to create community!

Can you discuss your experience at Venture Café Phoenix and any impact the event has had on your organization?
Sure! I’ve been meeting people who are great potential leads, people who want food for their business, people who want to connect with you and help build the community. It’s a wonderful room where nobody’s shy and everybody wants to network and talk. It’s different from other ”networking events” where people kind of stand around – everyone here really wants to meet you and talk to you.

Any final thoughts on Venture Café Phoenix?
Just support it! Really, it’s a wonderful free event that draws so many different people into downtown every week. I can’t really think of another one like it in the valley. So I would say come out and support it.

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