February’s Alumnae Spotlight highlights some of the amazing things our Soror, Chandni Mistry is up to! Read through about her story & advice that she has to share!
What are you doing today and how did joining Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc. prepare you for this?
I work for the Human Resources Department at NYU Langone Medical Center and I am an Event Coordinator / Owner of Pearls Event & Co. Kappa Phi Gamma helped me prepare for this by instilling all of the professional traits in me a young woman should possess when she is ready to take on the real world. My work ethic has improved tremendously after becoming a sister.
What were your biggest challenges and struggles?
My biggest challenge was to figure out how to execute the idea of starting an Events Planning business. I did not know what steps I had to take towards setting the foundation of a business. After a lot of research and self-taught knowledge of the business world, I started putting together pieces of the puzzle one step at a time. My first step was to create a solid internal team that would help me carry out all of the logistics. Secondly, I prepared myself by undergoing the process of learning how the event planning business works. Lastly, I implemented all of my efforts into promoting the business as much as I could. To say the least, it was a very tough process because I had no guidance yet, very tasteful because of the unconditional support of my loved ones.
What is your favorite part of the business/work/company?
My favorite part about being an Event Planner is envisioning the happiness of my Client. I enjoy every part of helping plan an event that excites the client and gives them memories that last a lifetime.
What is your work/life balance?
I try to keep a very stable work/life balance. I work the standard hours at NYULMC and then I dedicate about 2 hours of my day to working on PEC during the weekdays. Usually, I tend to keep all of my client/vendor meetings on a weekend morning. (Of course, when it is time for the actual event, it usually takes up all of my weekend hours). It is imperative for me to keep a stable schedule, but it is understood that in this industry there will always be days where my flexibility is required.
What do you perceive are the benefits of joining Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc.?
The benefits of joining Kappa Phi Gamma are endless according to my perspective. Networking is highly important and the sisters have been so accommodating to me by providing their areas of expertise. Whether it is helping me build a website, design a logo, or simply just helping me spread the word, everyone has supported me incredibly.
What advice do you have for women that are attempting to follow your career path?
My advice is to follow your passion. If Events Planning is something that excites you, don’t be afraid to pursue it. If possible, ask to shadow someone in this business. You will face plenty of obstacles along the way but it is manageable. Put all of your professional skills and confidence to work and you will realize that you are never to young to build an empire and never too old to live a dream.
Why did you choose to start your own business?
I was always passionate about starting my own Events Planning business. I enjoy working with different clients on different types of events (with weddings being my favorite) and because The Events Planning industry is vivacious and a great way to constantly network with people.
How did you come up with the name of your business?
Ever since I was a little girl, I was always big on “Pearls”. I believe a “Pearl” looks sophisticated, classy, and beautiful. Therefore, I decided that my events will be reflecting that exact description of a “Pearl”.
How do you measure your success?
I measure success by the reviews and referrals I acquire from my Clients. About 85% of The Event Planning business is referrals. If my clients are wholeheartedly happy with my work, I request them to generate a review for me. The biggest compliment I can obtain from a client is their referral.