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Patricia DiVecchio
SCORE Helps Entrepreneur to Assist Others

International Purpose, Patricia DiVecchio

Title / Role: CEO & Founder
www.internationalpurpose.com
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What do you do?

International Purpose is not just a venture for me; it's a calling. My passion lies in facilitating the personal, professional, and business growth of others, allowing them to discover their purpose and the purpose of their business without enduring the prolonged and challenging journey I faced. I firmly believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to find fulfillment in their work, life, and business and International Purpose is my way of contributing to that journey for others. I do this through one-on-one sessions and/or monthly Purposeful Business Circles (group sessions), both using my book “Evolutionary Work: Unleashing Your Potential in Extraordinary Times.” My greater vision is to create Purposeful Business Circles in major regions of the world to help create ‘right-livelihood’ for thousands.

What inspired you to start your business?

Starting International Purpose was a result of a profound journey of self-discovery and a desire to align my skills with a deeper sense of purpose. I began my career first teaching elementary education then moved onto training computer software skills at the World Bank and the IMF, leveraging my background in education and a master’s in human resources. However, as I progressed in my career, I found myself in a routine that, while financially rewarding, left my soul yearning for something more meaningful.

In my late thirties, I embarked on a period of intense self-reflection and personal development. I participated in workshops and soul-searching activities, questioning my path and purpose in life. This transformative process spanned several years and led me to the realization that I wanted to channel my skills and expertise towards a more fulfilling endeavor—one that not only fed the pocketbook but also nourished the soul.

The journey I undertook to discover my own purpose became the foundation for the process I implement at International Purpose today. I understand the challenges and time it takes to navigate such a transformative journey, and my mission is to expedite this process for others. By sharing my experiences and guiding individuals through a more efficient path of self-discovery, I aim to help them unearth their purpose and align their skills with their true calling. All towards creating purposeful work in the world.

What's special about your business?

What's special about my business is that I truly believe in the personal aspect of business. I understand that business is not just about profits and transactions; it's about connecting with the soul of the business owner. We strive to help business owners operate at a higher functioning level, encouraging a more mindful and conscious approach.

In today's world, where the need for businesses that align with both the pocketbook and the soul is crucial, I am dedicated to assisting entrepreneurs in creating a business model that resonates on a deeper level. I believe that this approach is desperately needed, and that people are wanting to develop more purposeful work to contribute to the current state of the world.

My focus goes beyond the conventional aspects of business; I aim to contribute to the emotional and spiritual well-being of individuals. In a world filled with an abundance of material possessions, I recognize the importance of addressing what's truly missing in our society – community. I strive to foster connections and restore the sense of community that has been lost in various forms. My commitment is to facilitate the growth of businesses that not only thrive financially but also contribute positively to the emotional and spiritual side of individuals, creating a more fulfilling and holistic approach to entrepreneurship.
 

What is your relationship with SCORE? SCORE client What influenced you to seek help from SCORE?

I was introduced to SCORE based on my awareness of the organization through the Small Business Administration and my involvement with the National Association for Women Business Owners. My first encounter with SCORE was in Pittsburgh, where I worked with a mentor. When I later relocated to Virginia and found myself facing challenges and feeling stuck in my business, I remembered the valuable support I had received from SCORE. I reached out again and was fortunate to be paired with Ed Shanahan six years ago.

How SCORE helped.

Through my association with SCORE, I've gained extensive knowledge about business plans, various marketing strategies for my business, and effective ways to package my services. The guidance and mentorship provided by Ed and SCORE have been instrumental in helping me navigate through tough times, maintain motivation, and build confidence in my business endeavors. Overall, SCORE has been a crucial resource in my entrepreneurial journey, providing invaluable insights and support when I needed it the most.

What's great about my mentor?

Ed is very giving and kind, fostering a positive and supportive environment. Our relationship has now evolved into a friendship. His availability and responsiveness are noteworthy; he is the first person I turn to when facing business challenges, often reaching out via email and scheduling brief sessions to address these issues promptly.

My mentors
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Ed Shanahan

Ed specializes in helping entrepreneurs with business planning launch, non-equity crowdfunding...

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