With Minds Matter and HR Young Professionals
ATTENTION: The March social venue has changed to Blake Street Tavern at 2301 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205. See you on Tuesday night!
Our social events provide an opportunity to network with Denver's finest Young Professionals in a relaxed, professional environment. So come with an open mind, dress like you do at work, and be prepared to learn about the other professionals in the room. We work with people we like, so get ready to foster some new business friendships! There are no membership or age requirements for MHYP socials, everyone is welcome to come see what we are all about.
Our socials feature food and drink specials and a fish-bowl drawing that includes fantastic giveaways and prizes (must be present to win).
MHYP Members: FREE
About Minds Matter Denver
Minds Matter, Inc. is a nationally recognized not-for-profit serving high-achieving, low income students in cities across the United States. Our mission is to transform the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams preparing them for success.
Since its founding in New York City in 1991, the effectiveness of Minds Matter has been affirmed — 100 percent of our students have been accepted into a four-year college. The organization has expanded to ten cities, including Atlanta, Boston Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco, and the Twin Cities.
The 2012-2013 school year marks the beginning of the ninth year for Minds Matter of Denver (“MMD”). The Denver chapter, founded in 2004, is the culmination of a grass-roots effort to level the educational opportunities for disadvantaged students.
About the HR Young Professionals and Mile High SHRM
Mile High SHRM (MH-SHRM, formerly CHRA) is the organization of business leaders and professionals with the expertise and knowledge in human resources. We are the voice of HR in the broader Denver metro area, and our members influence business decision-making locally, nationally and internationally.
The HR Young Professionals group seeks to promote the future of the Human Resources Management field by offering HR professionals 35 and under professional development opportunities and a common networking forum in which to share ideas and experiences.
“The game isn’t over.” Bill Chrismer concluded after reflecting on his path to becoming a small business owner.
Why does one go from working in mergers and acquisitions to owning GQ Barber Lounge, the finest grooming emporium for men in the world?
For Bill, it was the opportunity to change peoples’ lives.
At last Wednesday’s Table of 10 Lunch at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, ten members of MHYP had the privilege of meeting and conversing with Bill Chrismer who was accompanied by two of his stylists, Shea and Molly. He explained how he enjoyed seeing them grow and succeed in his business and we can surmise that they were just two of many lives he touched after starting GQ Barber Lounge nine years ago.
Bill then proceeded to give a candid and entertaining narrative of his career in corporate banking and mergers and acquisitions as well as describing the struggles and triumphs of starting his own venture. He also laid out some of his philosophy on life and business.
Bill’s philosophy of business ownership started as a teenager while working at major America aerospace and defense contractor, McDonnell Douglas. He explained that although McDonnell Douglas was at one time a large and well known organization, today it lacks the prominence it once had. Unlike the diminishing impression that a large company can potentially leave over time, Bill explained that owning your own business can leave a lasting mark. This impact affects those you hire, your customers, and members of the community.
Bill also shared with us some advice that coincided with his philosophy of running his own business:
- Get a mentor
- Go to bookstores
- Never stop learning
- Value your health and relationships
- Maintain your energy
- Always keep your word
- Genuinely Care
- Find Your Faith
At the end of the lunch, Bill told us that one aspect of the game is to find out what you want and be willing to go after it. He did. But for him, the game isn’t over.