Mentor Dinners


Oct EventGRIT! … What is it? Who has it? How do we use it? Where do we find it?

Learn from three women who definitely have it, and have used it to build something great.


Leading this discussion are three incredibly GRITTY women:

FABI PRESLAR, President of SPARK Publications

Fabi Preslar is President of SPARK Publications, a 19 year Charlotte-based design firm that specializes in custom publishing and content development for magazines, catalogs, books, interactive websites and marketing materials. Fabi was named the 2017 Woman Business Owner of the Year by NAWBO Charlotte; 2015 B2B Marketer of the Year by the Business Marketing Association of the Carolinas, and Trailblazer at the GWBC Ladies Achieving Continued Excellence Awards in Atlanta.

DAVITA GALLOWAY, Creative Entrepreneur at dupp&swat

Davita Galloway attended UNCC, where she received an MSPH, and Parsons The New School for Design in New York. Having created dupp&swat—a creative studio named ‘1 of 100 Things to Do in Charlotte’—with her brother, Dion, a product of A&T, they are involved in all forms and facets of creative expression ranging from fashion show production to poetry events, from wardrobe styling to photo shoots with a celebrity clientele and much more. Their studio is a ‘safe place’ for creatives and serves as a platform for expression as the venue is often used for small, intimate events/workshops, etc. Recently listed as one of the Top 10 Players in Charlotte via Charlotte Agenda and as one of the three features in Posh Partners via SouthPark Magazine, the sibling duo plays a significant role in Charlotte’s cultural scene.

KAREN BENNETTS, Owner at Little Red Bird

Karen is founder & owner of Little Red Bird, a brand development and creative services firm that helps companies discover and express their brand voices through strategic creative communications. LRB uncovers what’s unique and authentic about a brand, then conveys it in a meaningful way to form new connections with customers.

Karen is past president of the National Association of Women Business Owners Charlotte Chapter, and chair-elect of NAWBO’s national President’s Assembly Steering Committee.

Karen’s experience is in brand strategy and communications, advertising, and digital solutions for firms ranging from the Fortune 50 to entrepreneurial start-ups. Her focus is on finding customer and competitive insights then developing strategies and support to take brands to the next level.



This purpose of this Mentor Dinner is help women explore topics like grit, perseverance, skill, talent, and effort.

Speakers will share:

  • Their own professional path and the stories & lessons from the journey that has achieved greatness
  • Their own personal take on GRIT
  • Offer practical tips to help women build professional GRIT and achieve GREATNESS.

Each speaker will speak for 20 – 30 minutes, followed by a short Q&A with the audience. The evening ends with a speed round of mentorship for the audience to collect practical advice from fellow female professionals.

*******As always, Pink Mentor Network events are open to current and future women in business. Moms, bring your teenage daughters. Open their eyes to new careers and the successful women who do that work.******

Registration includes a three-course meal at Cantina 1511, and tremendous inspiration & support.