Mentor Dinners


Overcoming Self-Doubt event

How Successful Women Fight Their Internal “GREMLINS”.

Finding Courage, Confidence, & Perservance to Overcome Our Internal Critic & Impostor Syndrome.

Many times a woman’s harshest critic is internal.  This evening is to learn from those who fight that battle daily, and come out more successful.


Leading this discussion are four EXTRAORDINARY women:

MEGGIE WILLIAMS, Co-Founder & CEO of the Waggle Company

Meggie is the co-founder and CEO of The Waggle Company. She started the company with her husband, Sebastian, after trying to find a reliable dog walking service for their pups. Prior to launching The Waggle Company, Meggie graduated from UNC and worked as a consultant for IBM and then as the Charlotte GM for a VC-backed furniture start-up.  For their honeymoon, Meggie and Sebastian backpacked around the world, visiting 16 countries over 9 months. During their trip, they hiked to Base Camp Everest and learned how to make a fire with yak poop. They now live in 4th Ward with their two dogs, Stinson and Khumbu, and are working hard to revolutionize the pet services industry.

ASHLEY PARLETT MALEC, NASCAR Mechanic, Writer, Consultant

Ashley Parlett Malec is best known for her years as a professional mechanic in NASCAR. After 14 years of dedication to her career she found herself working for one of the industry’s top teams, Chip Ganassi Racing. As the daughter of an artist, auto racing was not an environment that Ashley had been accustomed. She and her parents decided to forego stick and ball sports and begin go kart racing at the age of thirteen. Early on it was obvious that Ashley had an interest in more than just driving. On an average night when her peers were enjoying football games or homecomings, she could be found in the family’s garage disassembling parts of her race car. A constant curiosity in mechanics was brewing and she plowed forward with solid goals set for her future. 

After graduating high school she moved to North Carolina to pursue her career as a professional mechanic in NASCAR. These days Parlett may be only one of few women found in NASCARs top ranks, but don’t tell her that. She likely never noticed. “I was always told that if I was willing to work harder than anyone else, acceptance and respect would soon follow. And it did.” As she grows older her passion has shifted towards igniting the fire within other young women to pursue their passions, whatever it may be. She believes strongly that nothing is out of reach and she is determined to be a living example of just that. 

RAVEN SOLOMON, President & Founder of the Center for Next Generation Leadership & Professional Development

Raven Solomon is an entrepreneur, keynote inspirational speaker, and the President & Founder of the Center for Next Generation Leadership & Professional Development, a Charlotte-based training & development startup focused on providing soft skill development to the future of the workplace—Millennials & Generation Z. She is the mastermind behind Charlotte’s first citywide conference for interns—the LPDi Summer Series (–  and  InternLocal– an app connecting the intern community of Charlotte. Prior to launching the Center, Raven was a millennial Sales Executive at a Fortune 50 company who shall remain nameless. She is a proud graduate of North Carolina State University, where she earned one of the highest academic achievements possible— graduating Valedictorian of her class of over 8000 students!

HALEY BOHON, President & CEO of Skillpop

Haley graduated from NC State University with her B.S in Mechanical Engineering and since has worked both in Product Development for a Fortune 500 company and in project management for a local tech company. Currently, Haley is the founder and CEO of SkillPop, a company working to make in-person learning accessible here in Charlotte through hosting community-based pop-up classes on topics such as photography, gardening, social media and more, all taught by local professionals in the Southeast. The company has held over 1500 classes and has facilitated learning for over 20,000 students.



This purpose of this Mentor Dinner is overcome self-doubt and start pursuing the life they deserve.

Speakers will share:

  • Their own professional path and the stories & lessons from the journey that has achieved greatness
  • Their own personal take on the inner critic.
  • Offer practical tips to help women build stamina, courage, and resiliency.

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.

Registration includes a three-course meal at Cantina 1511.  You bring the dreams.  We will serve dinner and inspiration. 

***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.***