Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Founders Spark – Elizabeth Sutton – Learning to Let Go

April 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Starting a business is an extremely difficult and time-consuming process. For those with a family, the challenge can be especially stressful when you have to balance business with other priorities. Handing off responsibilities is a scary, difficult task. For Elizabeth Sutton, her world would be changed forever when she was diagnosed with cancer.

Elizabeth co-founded the Narwhal and the Manatee in October of 2015. Out of the two original partners, Elizabeth was hesitant and looking for any excuse to not open the store. However, after being encouraged by others, she made the leap. A short time later, she bought her partner out and became the sole owner. Each year into the business, she had to deal with hurdle after hurdle. In October of 2017, she was struck by the biggest one to date… the diagnosis of stage 3 cancer.

Her battle with cancer took over throughout the following months, which left her sitting on the sidelines when it came to running the business. As someone who held control over the majority of her small business and seldom had a lot of outside help – this was a massive shift. She was put in a position where she had to trust others to run the business in her absence, which was new territory for her. Throughout this process, she learned to embrace the transformative benefits of letting go and trusting the right people to help run and build her business.

Join us as we talk to Elizabeth on how her battle with cancer transformed her life and how she sees and treats her business now. She’ll share with us how she learned to let go, let others lift her up when she couldn’t do it for herself, and how that changed everything.

There will be a cash bar, hot drinks, & food provided by Caliente!


April 17, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Founders Spark
View Organizer Website


Cinema Center
437 E Berry St # 1
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
+ Google Map