A Serendipitous Hallway Meeting-The Power of the NACCE Network
Friday, January 8, 2016
Posted by: Leah Deppert
Have you ever been having a bad day and then one person smiled at you and it changed your entire attitude? This is exactly what happened to one NACCE member, Petural 'PJ' Shelton, at our annual conference back in October.
PJ is the Deputy Sector Navigator-Global Trade & Logistics and CITD Director hosted at the College of Alameda. As she was walking to one of our breakout sessions during NACCE2015, she was feeling a bit melancholy as she had been traveling frequently and was a bit homesick for her husband. She was about to choose her workshop when she bumped into one of our award winners, Landi Spearman. Landi is not only a successful realtor, consultant and entrepreneur, but she is also an extremely positive and friendly person. She noticed PJ’s downhearted spirit and offered a friendly hello. This simple act launched into a beautiful friendship and mentorship as both Landi and PJ share the same entrepreneurial spirit and acknowledgement of the importance of having a global awareness when starting a business.
As PJ began to talk with Landi and learn her story, she couldn’t help but offer her advice to expand Landi’s business globally. She encouraged Landi to step outside her comfort zone and to consider expanding her services outside of the US. PJ stated, “I personally do not look at what I am doing as 'mentoring', because Landi's business model is absolutely brilliant. That said, I think GLOBALLY in everything I do...and that's what I want to help her attain...a GLOBAL BUSINESS!” PJ feels very fortunate for her successful career and strongly believes that every female that has professionally thrived and excelled should reach back and give help to other aspiring to grow and succeed.
“Ms. PJ has been amazing, a true inspiration and blessing. I consider her a trusted advisor as she has willingly spent time with strategic planning, suggested steps, connections and has followed up with me consistently despite a hectic travel schedule and a life of her own,” mentioned Landi. She continues, “The beauty of the mentoring relationship that Ms. PJ and I have, is that it entails something which is simply not taught in the classroom, nor that I have experienced in my previous leadership positions, her wisdom provides insight and direction for me as a CEO and an emerging business owner. The magic that is created through our collaborative efforts, is growing Destination 4 Relocation, LLC into a scalable business model that has potential for commercialization and fills a need in the global marketplace.”
They plan to speak bi-monthly to exchange ideas and connections with future hopes of an international trip that will join together PJ’s students and connections in California with Landi’s entrepreneurial growth ideas for her business, Destination 4 Relocation, LLC. The power of the NACCE network is clearly demonstrated through this serendipitous hallway meeting. Do you have a NACCE success story that you’d like to share with our network? Email Leah at firstname.lastname@example.org.