SAN DIEGO (MainStreet) Chantal Pierrat learned early in life that to be successful, it was best not to show any sensitivity. Success required having thick skin. Being aggressive. And burying her feminine side.
"I carried that with me. And it was modeled in my family that tough behavior got more reactions," Pierrat says. "And as I started my business career in the field of medical devices, that was definitely modeled by all of the men as a way of doing business. It was very linear at best. Not conversational. Not based on connection. And also, at worse, it was very competitive, with no room for emotion."
Pierrat however, is taking a much different approach these days, one that does not demand thick skin.
The Boulder, Colo., resident is on a mission to support the rise of feminine leadership and entrepreneurship. She wants to help women have stronger voices in shaping their future. And her ultimate goal is to weave more feminine leadership and authenticity into the business world.
It is no small task she has set out for herself. But Pierrat isn't thinking small on any level these days.
"In the short term, I'd like to see us come together as a community and give each other support and inspiration," Pierrat says. "But that's not the end of the story. It's about giving this gift to women across the world ... taking care of the rest of the world ... So if you're a leader in business, it's about creating programs and encouraging philanthropic endeavors. Bringing in the consciousness of the rest of the world to our work. Paying attention to how our work can make the world a better place. Building in systems where you are actually giving back and actively supporting women in other countries."