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CEO & Co-Founder of ModaBox

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 Monica Phromsavanh Biography

Born and raised in a refugee camp in Argentina, Monica Phromsavanh moved to New York in 2006 with just $200 in her pocket.

10 years after, Monica is now the CEO and Co-Founder at ModaBox, and has recently been invited to share her personal story at The White House Summit hosted by President Obama, First Lady Michelle and Oprah Winfrey.

Sorry but there are no excuses after hearing Monica’s amazing story.

BIO

My life began in a refugee camp in a small town called Misiones in Argentina. My parents fled war in their native Laos to find a better future for themselves. We lived among many other refugees in a camp without electricity or running water. Life was very difficult and often just having a meal on the table was a luxury. When I was 14 I dropped out of school and when I was 15 I was living in a boarding house in Buenos Aires with two other girls, all of us sharing one bed. I got my first job working for a clothing wholesaler making very little money- but for the first time in my life I could afford life’s basic necessities. It wasn’t easy but my life was great! When I was 17 I boarded a plane for the first time in my life and landed at JFK airport in NY not knowing a single word of English. My first job in the States was in a chocolate factory in Pennsylvania making $5 per hour. I had to wake up early every morning to ride a company bus 2 hours just to begin my shift.
When I was ready to leave Philadelphia and I moved around a little before settling in Connecticut. I got a job working at Express where I would never refuse an extra shift or an unpopular task. I went above and beyond what was expected of my position determined to make something out of this opportunity. My bosses noticed and I was promoted to manager. In 2006 I bought a bus ticket to NY and with $200 and the two suitcases holding all of my possessions, my life’s next chapter began. I shared a room with a friend in Coney Island and spent $73 on a monthly metrocard, budgeting the rest of my money by eating only from the dollar menu. My dream was to land a job on NY’s famed Fifth Avenue. After a couple of interviews I was hired at Burberry to work in men’s RTW. In 2009 I started to think about having my own business. I’d met a lot of great designers and I was able to convince enough of them to let me take their merchandise on consignment. I quit my job and for the next several months I hustled all over New York City selling clothing and accessories at street fairs, sample sales- anywhere people were shopping I tried to be. One day while walking through the Chelsea section of NY I stumbled into the Limelight Shops. One of NY’s most iconic buildings, the Limelight was once a church then a notorious nightclub. After sitting empty for years, it was now a shopping galleria. I put in an inquiry about renting space and a couple months later I opened my first store, Modalistas. Well, it was really more of a “kiosk”- I started out with 100 sq.ft. As my business acumen grew, so did sales. I met more designers and manufacturers and little by little my space grew. In less than 2 years my store occupied 4000 sq.ft. At the end of 2013 I took a trip to Asia to unwind and see where my family began. I knew I was ready for the next step and I thought taking a little break might help me to see what it should be. When I got back the idea for ModaBox was born. I wanted to take the type of personalized service we were providing in the store online to reach a larger audience. I developed a business plan, enlisted the help and advice of the great network of people I had built, and launched the company. By September of 2014 we launched our beta version and I closed the store so we could all focus on developing ModaBox. I always thought it was better to be 100% great at one thing than 50% good at two. We’ve been growing ever since and most importantly I will never forget where I came from……….

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  • HUFFINGTON POST

    “From Refugee Camp to ModaBoss of NYC’s South Street Seaport District”

  • NBC News

    “From Refugee to VIP, A Business Built from the Bottom-Up”

  • Entrepreneur Magazine

    “This Refugee is Taking Fashion World by the Storm”

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Monica Phromsavanh for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Monica Phromsavanh for your next private or corporate function.
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Monica Phromsavanh

CEO & Co-Founder of ModaBox

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Monica Phromsavanh Biography

Born and raised in a refugee camp in Argentina, Monica Phromsavanh moved to New York in 2006 with just $200 in her pocket.

10 years after, Monica is now the CEO and Co-Founder at ModaBox, and has recently been invited to share her personal story at The White House Summit hosted by President Obama, First Lady Michelle and Oprah Winfrey.

Sorry but there are no excuses after hearing Monica’s amazing story.

BIO

My life began in a refugee camp in a small town called Misiones in Argentina. My parents fled war in their native Laos to find a better future for themselves. We lived among many other refugees in a camp without electricity or running water. Life was very difficult and often just having a meal on the table was a luxury. When I was 14 I dropped out of school and when I was 15 I was living in a boarding house in Buenos Aires with two other girls, all of us sharing one bed. I got my first job working for a clothing wholesaler making very little money- but for the first time in my life I could afford life’s basic necessities. It wasn’t easy but my life was great! When I was 17 I boarded a plane for the first time in my life and landed at JFK airport in NY not knowing a single word of English. My first job in the States was in a chocolate factory in Pennsylvania making $5 per hour. I had to wake up early every morning to ride a company bus 2 hours just to begin my shift.
When I was ready to leave Philadelphia and I moved around a little before settling in Connecticut. I got a job working at Express where I would never refuse an extra shift or an unpopular task. I went above and beyond what was expected of my position determined to make something out of this opportunity. My bosses noticed and I was promoted to manager. In 2006 I bought a bus ticket to NY and with $200 and the two suitcases holding all of my possessions, my life’s next chapter began. I shared a room with a friend in Coney Island and spent $73 on a monthly metrocard, budgeting the rest of my money by eating only from the dollar menu. My dream was to land a job on NY’s famed Fifth Avenue. After a couple of interviews I was hired at Burberry to work in men’s RTW. In 2009 I started to think about having my own business. I’d met a lot of great designers and I was able to convince enough of them to let me take their merchandise on consignment. I quit my job and for the next several months I hustled all over New York City selling clothing and accessories at street fairs, sample sales- anywhere people were shopping I tried to be. One day while walking through the Chelsea section of NY I stumbled into the Limelight Shops. One of NY’s most iconic buildings, the Limelight was once a church then a notorious nightclub. After sitting empty for years, it was now a shopping galleria. I put in an inquiry about renting space and a couple months later I opened my first store, Modalistas. Well, it was really more of a “kiosk”- I started out with 100 sq.ft. As my business acumen grew, so did sales. I met more designers and manufacturers and little by little my space grew. In less than 2 years my store occupied 4000 sq.ft. At the end of 2013 I took a trip to Asia to unwind and see where my family began. I knew I was ready for the next step and I thought taking a little break might help me to see what it should be. When I got back the idea for ModaBox was born. I wanted to take the type of personalized service we were providing in the store online to reach a larger audience. I developed a business plan, enlisted the help and advice of the great network of people I had built, and launched the company. By September of 2014 we launched our beta version and I closed the store so we could all focus on developing ModaBox. I always thought it was better to be 100% great at one thing than 50% good at two. We’ve been growing ever since and most importantly I will never forget where I came from……….

Monica Phromsavanh Videos

  • ModaBox X Russell Simmons New York Fashion Week
  • White House Summit
  • DocuSeries Self Made

FAQs on booking Monica Phromsavanh

  • How to book Monica Phromsavanh?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Monica Phromsavanh for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Monica Phromsavanh, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Monica Phromsavanh or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Monica Phromsavanh?

    Booking fees for Monica Phromsavanh, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Monica Phromsavanh, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Monica Phromsavanh?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Monica Phromsavanh for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Monica Phromsavanh for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Monica Phromsavanh or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Monica Phromsavanh or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Monica Phromsavanh is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Monica Phromsavanh for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Monica Phromsavanh generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Bill Wooditch, R "Ray" Wang, Charlie Alejandro, Daymond John and Mark Victor Hansen. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Monica Phromsavanh for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Monica Phromsavanh Speaker Videos

  • ModaBox X Russell Simmons New York Fashion Week
    White House Summit
  • DocuSeries Self Made

Monica Phromsavanh News

  • HUFFINGTON POST

    “From Refugee Camp to ModaBoss of NYC’s South Street Seaport District”

  • NBC News

    “From Refugee to VIP, A Business Built from the Bottom-Up”

  • Entrepreneur Magazine

    “This Refugee is Taking Fashion World by the Storm”

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