Power Surge: The Power of Failure

At Pathway WBC, we’re lucky to work with hundreds of entrepreneurs each year. As a non-profit powered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, we’re dedicated to helping our clients achieve their dreams of business ownership through training and mentoring no matter their stage of business or industry.  Whether it’s helping a new entrepreneur turn an idea into an operating business or a seasoned business owner operate more sustainably we’ve been part of the process. While we’ve seen a lot of success, we’re no strangers to failure.

Failure is not final and it is not fatal.

In fact, the SBA states that 30% of new businesses fail during the first two years of being open, 50% during the first five years and 66% during the first 10. Entrepreneurship takes a high level of risk and failure is sometimes a reality. And guess what? It’s nothing to fear!

As an entrepreneur, it’s important to recognize and understand that failure is a part of business. Many successful business owners have failed in a business venture at some point in their entrepreneurial career.

We are choosing to embrace and celebrate failure at our last Power Surge event of the year.

Join us for a conversation with real business owners and experts who have turned failure into success.  You will not want to miss this honest and compelling conversation about how failure drives us to be better business owners and people.

Christy Pruitt-Haynes has held executive positions at Infiniti Americas/Nissan, CMT, and the Memphis Grizzlies. She is the founder of Christy Pruitt-Haynes Consulting (originally CORE Consulting) where she and her team offer innovative speaking, training, and coaching to help organizations of all sizes maximize their bottom lines by creating cultures of excellence. She’s a mentor for Pathway WBC and highly requested public speaker.


Jacqueline Hayes, MBA is Chief Marketing Strategist and Principal of Crayons & Marketers, a full-service marketing company located in Nashville, TN.  Under her leadership, Crayons & Marketers helps organizations find smarter ways to connect to their audiences using data-driven marketing strategies that get better results and support business growth. Crayons & Marketers is a WBENC certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) through the Metro Nashville Airport Authority, certified Women’s Business Enterprise through the TN Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise, and certified Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) through the SBA, as well as an approved Vendor with MDHA and Metro Nashville & Davidson County, Office of Minority & Women Business Assistance.


Telisha Arguelles Cobb is a democratized entrepreneur, advocate for women and children and an emerging facilitator of programs aimed to inspire women to reclaim their authenticity and liberate their full voice and power. Currently, Telisha is an apprentice with Heather Ash Amara, best selling author of the book, Warrior Goddess and international teacher of the art of feminine leadership. As a democratized entrepreneur, Telisha co-created Marathon Music Works, Nashville Independent Business Alliance, Special Events Plus and Vibe Agency. As an advocate, Telisha focuses on the rebuilding and/or healing of systems, structures and cultures which empowers economic liberation and freedom for women and children through grassroots action and organizing. Telisha serves as the Vice-Chair of the Metropolitan Nashville Beer Board, appointed by Mayor Megan Barry in 2016 for a four year term. She is also a mother and wife who loves the outdoors, meditation, inner revolution and creating radical hospitality in her home.


Janice Cathey is the owner and founder of ha.lé Mind & Body and a graduate of Pathway WBC’s Ignite 360 Mentor Program. ha.lé (pronounced “ha lay”) is a collaborative team of practioners offering evidence-informed therapies for your health, vitality, and well being. Complementary therapy has been essential to Janice’s life and has been a part of her upbringing: her great-grandfather was a Chinese medicine man; her mother practiced healing traditions in their home.  Her education has been a combination of experience, incredible training, rote formulae, extraordinary teachers, and luck.  She trained at the Institute of Therapeutic Massage and Movement, where her passion for the healing arts started to take shape. She went on to study Watsu with Minakshi, adaptive water therapy with Peggy Schrodinger PT, Chinese Medicine at Jung Tao with Dr. Marshall, trained with Master Shinzo, and studied ear acupuncture at Yale University.


We’ll start with networking and the panel will kick-off at 6:15. Drinks and light appetizers will be provided. Seating is limited to the first 50 people who register.

This event is open to all, and free to Pathway WBC members and Pathway Lending loan clients. Please email info@pathwaywbc.org to get your Power Surge promo code if you are a client.

Venue: Pathway WBC

Address: 201 Venture Circle Nashville TN 37228

Date: Thu Nov 15 2018, 5:30pm-7:00 pm CST

Register online at pathwaywbc.org