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“I do not understand all the mystery of grace, only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.” – Anne Lamott
One of my mentors once told me that true transformation is 80% grace and 20% effort. When we are tuned in to divine will and we are operating from connection to the truth of who we are, we enter into a flow with the universe that seems to make our lives unfold effortlessly. Yet, why does tuning into grace sometimes seem so hard? How do we become so disconnected?
Grit, on the other hand, is the willingness to feel uncomfortable as we face challenges, evolve, and work at our leadership edge. In the grit lies our will and our commitment to growth. But by relying on Grit alone, we can quickly become heavy, hard, depleted, alienated, anxious and ungrounded. Why is leaning toward drive and push and hard work the default rather than the exception? We get quick results with Grit, and who doesn’t want quick results? In reality, this “Do More Faster” paradigm of entrepreneurship and leadership is creating a culture of speed, anxiety and overwhelm, and it is extremely hard to stay connected to purpose and higher meaning in this state.
When we are tuned into Grace, we can access the tremendous power of universal flow and ease. In the end I have found that we can achieve our goals and intentions with much less Grit. It requires trust, surrender, receptivity and the belief that you are not in this alone.
In this Circle Up, we will explore perspectives and practices that will help us to develop more trust in the power of grace, while forging on and moving mountains from a place of grounded resilience.
Chantal Pierrat is the founder of Emerging Women, a network of 70k+ women interested in creating a new paradigm for leadership across all sectors of our society. Emerging Women provides connections, resources and opportunities that empower women to lead. Chantal was the VP of Marketing and Sales at Sounds True for 11 years where she more than doubled revenue before starting Emerging Women in March 2013. Prior to her career in publishing, she led the marketing and sales efforts for a start-up in the medical devices industry for 4 years, bringing the company from ground zero to $1M in revenue. Chantal received her MBA from the University of Colorado in 2002 and enjoys high-altitude living in Boulder, CO with her husband and two sons.
Facilitated by Emerging Women’s founder, Chantal Pierrat, a Circle Up is a live virtual event that explores leadership and feminine power themes each month. Participants are guided to share deeply and support their circle sisters in stepping fully and courageously into living their truth.
Chelsea has over 10 years of experience in administrative and executive support. After her years of working in the legal and oil and gas industry, Chelsea has made it her passion to fill her life with creativity and incorporates that into everything she does. Her position at Emerging Women allows her to expand on that creativity and assist with empowering women around the world. She is a native of Colorado and enjoys spending time with her husband, bonus son, family, and friends. In her free time she loves painting, refurbishing furniture, and all things creative.
Michelle studied Marketing and received her degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her passion for marketing, combined with great attention to detail, and over 7 years of experience in the tech-world makes her a valuable asset to the team! In addition to Emerging Women, she is also a solopreneur and works with a number of different clients in the online business realm. She is an experienced Online Business Manager and Virtual Assistant who specializes in marketing operations, project management and online course launch management. She is a Colorado native, mother of two dogs, a cat, and a turtle, and step-mother to an amazing little girl. In her spare time she enjoys live music, good food, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
Jen comes to Emerging Women with over 25 years of experience in event operations and volunteer management. She has worked various types of events as a Volunteer Manager for Integral Life conferences and as an Event Coordinator for various large arts and sports festivals throughout Colorado.
Alongside her passion for creating and producing events, she worked as a hospital administrator for over a decade in one of Denver’s largest hospitals helping make care affordable to hundreds of patients.
Jen was born in Lima, Peru but has spent most of her life in Colorado. In 2016, a year sabbatical morphed into a life living abroad. Jen has been living in Cusco, Peru for the past four years and cherishes her life in the Andes mountains. In her spare time she enjoys exploring the world, playing capoeira, and deepening her yoga and meditation practices.
For over 13 years, Nicole has been a producer and connector in the field of personal and professional growth and transformation, creating diverse content, life-changing curriculum, and exquisite live and online experiences. She loves to unite and facilitate people in their work to live more good, true, and beautiful lives. She’s honored to bring this diverse expertise to Emerging Women. For the past two years she has been the lead producer for Emerging Women Live, and now is bringing her extensive production, coaching and facilitation skills to EW’s Power Circles. Nicole works in private practice as a Certified Integral Master Coach™, through her company, Unabashedly You, and has worked with hundreds of women (and men) individually and as a group facilitator. She also creates programs and interviews fascinating teachers and wellness experts in her role as U.S. Content Producer for Conscious Life. She is the co-founder of Core Integral, an educational company offering a comprehensive and accessible approach to learning integral theory. Prior to this work, she owned a large and lively restaurant and brewery in Pennsylvania. She has studied extensively and worked alongside Ken Wilber (Integral Theory), Daniel Brown, PhD (Tibetan Buddhism, Self-Development, Attachment, and Positive Psychology), and Sofia Diaz (Hatha Yoga and Feminine Embodiment). She holds a Masters Degree from Lehigh University. She regularly delights in the sunshine and mountains of Colorado with her two dogs and her partner Clint, and is a new mama to her daughter Truly Golden.
Chantal’s mission is to increase women’s leadership across the globe. After earning an MBA from the University of Colorado, Chantal left a career in medical device manufacturing in search of work that would align her dedication to transformative leadership with her passion for living an inspired, impactful life. In September 2012, she founded Emerging Women, a global leadership and media platform that serves over 70,000 women worldwide and has advanced women’s leadership within Fortune 500 companies such as HP, Oracle and more. Chantal’s ultimate vision is to weave feminine leadership and authenticity into businesses, and to create a world where women have a strong voice in the shaping of our future. Prior to Emerging Women, for over a decade, Chantal served on the executive team as the VP of Sales and Marketing for Sounds True, a multimedia publishing company focused on spirituality, personal growth, and holistic living. Chantal is a sought after speaker delivering keynotes at The Grace Hopper Celebration, Wisdom 2.0, and many other stages where women’s leadership is critical to the conversation. When she is not dancing or working to empower women around the world, Chantal enjoys family time with her husband and two sons in Boulder, CO.