Biz Boot Up Podcast 37: The Importance of Experiences with Mandy Haws and Katie Sparks

Welcome to the Business Boot-Up Edition of The Dreamers and Doers Podcast! We believe you are never too young to start a business. We’re bringing you live interviews from Loveworks Leadership in Norman, OK. Each of our episodes includes interviews with our youngest and more experienced entrepreneurs who will inspire, educate and give you an action step to help your leadership and business!

Powered by the Norman Chamber of Commerce and Sponsored by First United Bank.

Mandy Haws: Sooner Bowling Center + Social Butterfly Catering

Mandy Haws is the Vice President of the Sooner Bowling Center and Social Butterfly Catering.  She is celebrating 18 years of running her family’s bowling entertainment business which has been at the current location for 37 years. She is active in the bowling industry on both the state and national levels and serves on many local community organization boards. Mandy and her family live on a ranch where they enjoy eating fresh with their grass-fed beef and garden (and can) their own fresh fruits and veggies.

Katie Sparks: CFO of Wristworld

Wristworld began as an experiential learning project in collaboration with Loveworks Leadership and Trifecta Communications, a tech and ad agency based in Oklahoma City. By using augmented reality technology, for months the students worked hard to develop the interactive game world, plot, and characters and introduced Wrist World, an AR video game on 5 slap band bracelets. One band even features Hatsune Miku, a popular Japanese Vocaloid that opened up international sales. Katie Sparks, one of the founders of Wristworld and the sitting CFO, is 16 years old and attends Community Christian School as a sophomore. She is a singer, musician, and actress as well as plays volleyball and golf.

Key Takeaways

  • Pursue all your interests, as you don’t know how they’ll all come together.
  • Always keep trying new things to discover what you like
  • Making connections are important! Meeting different people will open up lots of different opportunities

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