A Cuppa with Chiquita Searle from The League of Extraordinary Women
By Women in Focus | Latest Update Sep 17, 2014 12:10 PM
Chiquita Searle is the General Manager of The League of Extraordinary Women. Working and living by the mantra of thinking big and being bold, Chiquita draws inspiration from the entrepreneurs, founders and crusaders the League exists for. Grab a distinctive and sassy cuppa with Chiquita and get excited about being a woman in business, making no apologies about charging full speed ahead.
Who would you like to have a cuppa with and why?
Will.I.Am. I find him very interesting. I think there is a great deal of depth, intelligence and business smarts behind his eccentricity and I think he would be incredibly generous with his knowledge. I think he’d also be very entertaining.
What is your elevator pitch (a snapshot of your business)?
I’m the General Manager of the League of Extraordinary Women. The League holds regular events for female entrepreneurs! Women who have discovered their passion and are in the process of either formulating a plan to or are already successfully monetising it. One of our values is thinking BIG and differently, so anyone who has a dream and is set on making it a reality is who we’d love to see come along to our events!
How long have you been in this business?
Two years. I commenced as the first ever QLD Crusader with the League and built the community in Brisbane. Following on from the success in QLD, the founders asked me to step into the national role which I did in August last year. We have expanded from three communities to eight in that time and we have further expansion plans for 2015. It’s very exciting!
Where can we find you on the web?
How can the community connect with you on social media?
Share something about yourself that not many people know
I have a love of writing and hadn’t written in about 12 months. I started again recently and decided to publish my own blog which is www.chiquita.com.au. It’s really just an outlet for everything I find interesting in life, predominantly the women I meet through the League and I interview those who have a particularly fascinating story for my blog. I’m really enjoying the process and would encourage anyone who has not tapped into their own creativity lately to reconnect with it.
Why are you a member of the Women in Focus community?
Being in one’s business can be incredibly isolating, especially if, in the early days you are a sole trader. Transitioning from a corporate environment, surrounded by people, white noise and having a team to ask questions of and gain direction from to an environment where you are potentially by yourself, not knowing exactly what to do and not having anyone to ask can be incredibly overwhelming and daunting. It’s at this point the fear and self-doubt will creep in. Any community developed to support women, such as Women in Focus, is perfect for providing a space for female entrepreneurs who may be experiencing feelings of isolation and who simply want to connect with other women in a similar position on a regular basis to give them someone else to talk to and share their challenges with. It’s very powerful and I recommend all women who have their own business to connect with a community such as this one.
What makes your business great?
I love being a part of the League. It’s full of driven and dynamic female entrepreneurs thinking BIG and monetising their passion. I also love that I have access to a constant source of inspiration to help overcome any fear or self-doubt that can creep in occasionally. Connection and an opportunity to share challenges and gain advice are all intangible benefits in the form of emotional support offered via the League community and I feel incredibly blessed every day to be in this role.
What was your wow moment?
Being offered the role of General Manager. It was unexpected and I felt very humbled that the girls thought so highly of me.
What is your best business tip?
I would say that in order to have a successful business you will need to learn to put yourself out there. Overcoming fear of self-promotion needs to happen early on in business for it to be successful as if you’re not willing to tell someone else about your business, who will? If your desire for success is stronger than your fear of self-promotion or rejection, then you are in a better place to succeed. Believe in yourself. You’re amazing, what you’re doing is amazing and everyone you meet will think so too!
Thought of the day?
Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle! My favourite quote by Christian Larson.
Best source of knowledge?
The Founders, Crusaders and all the state partners we are blessed to have in the League community. When I have a question, they are my first port of call.
What is your dream for the future?
For the League to grow to a community of 10,000 members within five years. Our vision is to connect the extraordinary female entrepreneurs of the world and this is our BHAG!
How do your friends describe you?
I phoned a friend for this one and this is the feedback I received: sassy, self-certain, distinctive, witty and strong willed. I sound great! I’d love to meet me!
If you could be an animal what would you be?
I’d be a cat. They have nine lives, are full of attitude, independent, resourceful and intelligent.
If there were a movie about your life, who would play you?
Someone with attitude and big, curly hair!