Chantal’s passion is to empower women through feminine leadership. In September 2012, she founded Emerging Women and Emerging Women Live in order to support the integration of consciousness and business. Chantal’s ultimate vision is to help create a world where women have a strong voice in the shaping of our future. She’s also the creator of SoulSweat™ a dynamic, transformative dance fitness program. When she is not dancing or working, Chantal enjoys family time with her husband and two sons in Boulder, CO.
If you could have lunch with any female figure, past or present, who would it be?
Martha Graham - she was cutting edge in her field of dance and as a performing artist. She took risks and never compromised her creative expression. She danced and choreographed until well into her 90’s - she was graceful and full of passion and fire at the same time. Above all else, she encouraged others to live their fullest and express their uniqueness with unbridled passion. She represents everything Emerging Women stands for.
Who/what is your most important inspiration? Who/what feeds your strength?
I am most inspired by being in the company of courageous women who are emerging into their truth and who are helping other women to do the same. Women helping women - that is incredibly inspiring to me.
What do you hope attendees to the Emerging Women LIVE take away with them?
Insights into new leadership models that promote a new paradigm for success. Real connections with other powerful women looking to make a difference through the work that they do. The courage and voice to create change in their own lives, and the lives of others.
As a female entrepreneur, what's the most important piece of advice you can impart to other women who want to build their dream businesses?
Believe in yourself and others will believe in you. When you are aligned inside, everybody can feel it, and this will be your compass as you navigate the uncharted waters of your business as it grows.
Be persistent in taking steps toward your vision - especially when you lack confidence or in the face of setbacks. Steps forward, no matter how small, keep the energy flowing in the direction of your dreams. This will help you to stay focused, but also increase the likelihood of synchronicities and beneficial collisions with the universe.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, set up a peer mentoring group for yourself as a new CEO. Ask women in your network to support you by lending their time in scheduled, focused meetings - and provide lunch! The feedback, information and support you will gain in these meetings will be priceless.
There seems to be a new definition of "feminist" emerging daily. What's your definition?
I believe the new feminist movement to be genderless, but reliant on the power of the rising feminine paradigm to bring balance and peace to our nation and world. This 4th wave of feminism is not based on policy so much as it is rooted in a feminine consciousness. As feminists, we women (and men!) want to encourage society to see feminine traits, such as compassion, intuition, connection and collaboration - even beauty, as powerful forces to be integrated into the leadership structures that have become overly masculine and out of balance over time.
What LUNA flavor coincides with your personality?
Lemon Zest - always has been and always will be my favorite.
What is your power song when you do SoulSweat?
Ah - now we are getting to the real stuff! I love tribal electronica music because it really helps to ground me, connect me to the earth, and keep me out of my head - but there is nothing like old skool Janet Jackson to make me feel like I can walk through fire!