#Powerwives is a bi-monthly column where we feature women who inspire us. Marital status is completely irrelevant. The title is inspired by our founders November 2013 Toronto Life cover story.
Mona Halem loves to throw a good party. She’s currently the CEO of Lady Luck Entertainment and throws the kind of parties where $700 champagne is always a good idea.
Name: Mona Halem
Who is in your tribe? (family members, friends, partners) My very large and supportive family and a great group of diverse friends.
What does a typical day look like for you? My days are long and busy. They include constant planning, emails, phone calls, decision making and taking meetings literally around the clock.
What’s in your clutch? My phone, portable phone charger and lip balm.
Five things you can’t live without? Besides the basics like air, water and good health? I must have my passport, laughter, smart phone, family, and a good book.
Who is your hero? My mother. When I have them, I can only hope to be the type of mom to my kids she was to me and my siblings.
What are you reading? Finding Your Element by Ken Robinson
How did you get your start? I didn’t set out to be an event organizer or throw parties for a living, it was more of a natural progression. Originally, I produced an event because I felt something was missing within the club/party scene. I wanted to produce events with the type of venues and music that moved me, bringing good music and good people together for a good time. This eventually became my tagline: “Good people, good music, good times.” It took off organically from there.
Tell us about a time you were challenged and you learned a lesson. My biggest challenge has probably been not having full support from my family initially. I’m Egyptian and my parents are very traditional, so to them success wasn’t found in a nightclub. And from a parent’s point of view I get it, I created a bit of an unconventional path for myself. But in the end I stuck to what was working for me and followed my gut. It’s worked out and they see that now.
What and who inspires you? People who do what truly makes them happy for a living inspire me. Some influential people in my books would be Sheryl Sandberg, Richard Branson and Beyonce. They embody freedom, power, love, talent, honesty, innovation and the desire to change something.
What are you excited about right now? I’m excited about this summer, my next few events and building an empire.
How do you unwind? Beaches! I love the ocean. It’s one of the places I can go and relax and take in what God has created.
Most interesting people to follow on social media? Jimmy Kimmel and Jim Carrey. I always enjoy anyone who’s funny.
Personal Mantra? I have several. These are what go through my mind:
1. Keep learning and giving where you can.
2. Live your dream and share your passions.
3. Always be growing and learning.
4. Be kind, work hard.
5. Never let success go to your head.
6. Keep trying.
7. Stay humble because the tables can turn on you at any moment and karma is real.
8. In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.
Advice for women trying to get to where you are? Don’t start a business to please others or just because you want to make money. If you do start a business, be passionate about it and make sure your job fits your life – worry about making yourself happy. Along the way you’ll have ups and downs, stay positive, humble, always operate with integrity and be independent – create your own opportunities. Don’t let anyone break down your confidence in yourself, have a thick skin. And support other women!