Young Global Leaders on Entrepreneurship and Why Collaboration Is Key

Posted by: Doug Bruhnke - Global Chamber on Friday, April 10, 2020

In March we spoke with a panel of talented Young Global Leaders (YGLs) to hear more about their challenges and successes in order to gain insights from their business and life experiences.

After and during the panel discussion we had time for questions, moderated by Tina Sweis.

Watch and listen to the conversation HERE.

This originally was planned to be a LIVE event and we shifted it online to be virtual. We will NOT let coronavirus stop us from being global and UNSTOPPABLE! Our theme: "Why collaboration is key for global growth, locally and internationally."

  • Global macroeconomics shaping policy 
  • The state of a creative economy: looking sideways
  • Connecting to and supporting each other for more success


  • Joan Dominiqué - Owner at Maison Joan Dominiqué
  • Marco López - President/Chief Executive at Intermestic Partners
  • Melissa Lo - Chief Operating Officer at Verdigris Holdings
  • Terry Switz - Director, Commercial Banking at BMO Harris Bank


  • Tina Sweis - Founder of Overachieving Women  

Spotlighted Quote

"Humble roots can be your best life partner in times like these."

Our Speakers 

Joan Dominiqué - Owner at Maison Joan Dominiqué. Joan Dominiqué is a young female entrepreneur who founded her eponymous shoe label of fantastical luxury shoes.Joan knows the meticulousness of bespoke couture and loves to bring this aspect to her shoe collections. Her shoes has simply become the medium for her art: exciting upcoming collections include PROJECT G, her collaboration with GROAD (a local Phoenix nonprofit) where she brings kid’s shoe drawings to life. Joan has worked at DVF, Kenneth Cole, Alice + Olivia, & Meissen Italia. Her collections walked the runway at Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2019. Joan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design at the prestigious Parsons the New School for Design located in New York City. 

Marco López - President and CEO of International Business Solutions, Inc. (IBS). Marco A. López, Jr. is the President and CEO of International Business Solutions, Inc. (IBS), a business advisory firm that provides strategic business development and policy direction to both international and domestic organizations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as Senior Adviser to the Chairman of Grupo Carso and The Carlos Slim Foundation, and previously served as U.S. advisor to the successful presidential campaign of Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto on topics of border security and safety, border trade and commerce, and economic development. Prior to founding IBS, Marco was Chief of Staff at the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), helping lead an organization with a $12 billion budget and 60,000 employees.

Marco has had an accomplished career in the public sector. At the age of 22, he became one of the youngest mayors in the United States, elected into office at Arizona's largest border community of Nogales, Arizona shortly after graduating from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He was re-elected by an overwhelming majority of the vote in 2002, one year before being tapped by then governor Janet Napolitano to work at the Arizona State Capitol.

Melissa Lo - Chief Operating Officer at Verdigris Holdings
. Melissa is an award-winning senior executive with expertise building rapid scale-up businesses in start-up, Fortune 500, and social impact environments. Proven in conceptualizing, monetizing and scaling up businesses, exponentially, extremely fast. Ground experience leading in Asia, Europe, Africa & Southeast Asia markets. She is an advisor to fintech, impact, emerging market enterprises. She work with organizational stakeholders to design and build product, financial, operational & sales capacity for rapid global expansion and investments. Key words... Product. Global & Emerging Markets. Social Impact. Grow orgs, really fast. 

Verdigris is building a new bank and technology company dedicated to serving low and moderate-income consumers and the businesses that serve them. We intend to provide low-cost and transparent banking services that profitably bring underserved communities into the financial mainstream. 

Melissa began her career in social entrepreneurship at a young age. Back then, when she built “profitable nonprofits”, people thought she was describing tax evasion. Since then, she has launched multiple social enterprises, working with low income communities, at-risk youth and disabled persons in the US, Mexico, Europe, China and Africa. She also has substantial corporate experience leading innovation in product management and has successfully built businesses worth millions of dollars from scratch. In her work, she emphasizes a holistic management style that recognizes the contributions and difficulties of all contributors. You’re just as likely to see her rolling up her sleeves getting knee-deep with her Shenzhen factory workers as seeing her in black-tie events discoursing with executive board members.


Terry Switz - Director, Commercial Banking at BMO Harris Bank. Terry is a commercial banking and capital markets professional with 19+ years’ experience in the banking industry.  Terry works with companies across multiple industries and geographies. Based in Phoenix, Terry originates/manages new business and relationships in AZ, CA, UT, NV, and CO.  Terry has a B.A. degree from University of Arizona and an MBA from Point Loma Nazarene University.  




Our Moderator

Fatina "Tina" Sweis - Founder at OWA (Overachieving Women Association). Tina holds an MA in American Studies and has served in a variety of roles, most notably as Youth Advisor for the Prime Minister of Jordan.  She believes that every successful partnership starts when you pair an individual’s passion and skills with an environment that is ideal for their growth. Centered around her clients’ needs, Tina ensures that she matches each project with a set of goals that emerge from within a subjects needs to excel and be appreciated, whether it’s directing youth engagement programs, creating new business models and developing creative curriculum. Her dearest Co-Founded Initiatives are NewThink Theatre-Festival and EduArt.


Other Guest Speakers

Hank Marshall - City of Phoenix on Export League, more

Brent Sebold - Arizona State University on MSIVD (MS-Innovation Venture Development), more




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