The Business Ecosystem – #emergingnow

Hello Friends and Loved Ones,

One of the things I appreciate most about my life is that I live in an area surrounded by dramatic expressions of nature – Boulder, Colorado. Mountains, creeks, wildflowers and endless hiking trails are just steps away from my front door. But strangely enough, I did not really start to take advantage of nature’s proximity until I learned how well it meshes with my business life.



In this thriving entrepreneurial town, many of my meetings – with investors, media, speakers, partners, sponsors – get to be in person. Lately, about a third of those meetings take place on a hike.

It took some getting used to: I worried that I wouldn’t be able to articulate my vision without my computer. How could I refer to important statistics or relevant studies… and what if I forgot to say something important? But those worries fall away as the connection you feel with somebody when you walk together in nature blossoms.

I have walked at a snail’s pace, gotten my ass kicked by a triathlete, and everything in between. The results are the same – no matter how “important” something felt at the beginning of the walk, everything is dwarfed by the energy and majesty of the earth. Sure, we talk business, but somehow it seems less urgent, less charged, and more inspired as we climb rocks and breathe in the mountain chi.



“Our kinship with Earth must be maintained; otherwise, we will find ourselves trapped in the center of our own paved-over souls with no way out.” – Terry Tempest Williams, Finding Beauty in a Broken Worldtwitter-logo-ew

Every single one of us, as human creatures on this earth, are part of an ecosystem that makes use of absolutely everything around it. We are part of a whole, something much bigger and more significant than any one business could ever have. This reminder keeps me sane, reduces anxiety and stress, and helps me make the most of my humanity by committing to a life and a living that will support a healthy environment for us all.

This is why I am so proud to host Dr. Jane Goodall at Emerging Women Live. She uses the scientific study of plants and animals to help us discover our humanity. The luxury of our human consciousness is that we have the capacity for self-reflection, for evolution through awareness and analysis – and the choices we make with this gift are crucial.



“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Dr. Jane Goodalltwitter-logo-ew

For me, nature brings out the best in my perspective, my creative problem solving, my decision-making and my capacity for connection. Tell me: are you tapped in to your ecosystem? How does your natural world compliment your business life, and vice versa? Inspire us in the comment section – I’m always looking for new ways to plug-in as an entrepreneur AND as a human being.



Big Love,

Chantal Pierrat

Founder, Emerging Women





PS – Super Early Bird tickets to see Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Brené Brown and more are available until March 31st. Get yours before they’re gone!





How do you connect business and nature? Share your insight with the tribe in the comment section.


Jane Goodall to Speak at #EWLive15

I could not be more excited to announce that Dr. Jane Goodall – yes, DR. JANE GOODALL – will be joining us in San Francisco for Emerging Women Live 2015. To say it’s an honor doesn’t even begin to express it…

How many of you wanted to pack it up and live in the jungle when you were little girls because of this remarkable woman?

I know I did, and that influence never faded: it was with me when I signed up for the Peace Corps, and it’s with me today at Emerging Women (quite literally, now!).



“We have a choice to use the gift of our lives to make the world a better place.” -Dr. Jane Goodalltwitter-logo-ew

From her bio: “It is hard to overstate the degree to which Dr. Goodall changed and enriched the field of primatology. She defied scientific convention by giving the Gombe chimps names instead of numbers, and insisted on the validity of her observations that animals have distinct personalities, minds and emotions.”

Choosing curiosity and connection over cold calculation? That’s bringing the power of the feminine to science.



For an average of 300 days a year, Dr. Goodall tours the world to share with eager audiences “her reasons for hope that humankind will ultimately solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.”

Those reasons are closely tied to her conviction that we must take personal responsibility for the fact that we each have the power to effect change in this world. 



Said Gilbert Grosvenor, chairman of The National Geographic Society: “Jane Goodall’s trail- blazing path for other women primatologists is arguably her greatest legacy. During the last third of the 20th century, Dian Fossey, Birute Galdikas, Cheryl Knott, Penny Patterson, and many more women have followed her. Indeed, women now dominate long-term primate behavioral studies worldwide.”

Watch this video to feel the goosebumps we felt when Dr. Goodall agreed to speak to the tribe this October:



I hope you’ll join us in San Francisco to share in the energy of this legendary pioneer, and many more. Super Early Bird tickets are available until March 31st – so now’s the time to go for it! Register for your ticket to personal and professional transformation HERE.



Did Jane Goodall leave her mark on you as well? Let us know in the comments – we’d love to hear about her impact on your life.


Make It Happen – International Women’s Day

Last week, the Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called on governments worldwide to “Step it Up” for gender equality. “By 2030 at the latest, we want to live in a world where at least half of all parliamentarians, university students, CEOs, civil society leaders and any other category, are women,” she said. “Real progress requires 50-50.”

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Since the theme to this year’s International Women’s Day is “Make It Happen,” we wanted to share some inspiration from #badasswomen throughout Women’s History Month to help you step things up and make it happen in your own life. Here’s a taste to start your stepping up right.


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How’s the Money Thing Going for You? #emergingnow

Dear Emerging Women,

Ah, money. Money, money, money, money (…!

These days, I can’t keep the refrain from the O’Jays song out of my head. To be completely transparent, we have big plans for the growth of Emerging Women, and in order to reach our goals, we need capital. Money, honey.



So we’re in the middle of the grueling process of raising seed money to create the next level of Emerging Women. If you’ve done this for your business, you know: it’s a full-time job that consumes your entire mental space – even when you sleep. I’m constantly honing our pitch deck, three different versions of a “compelling-yet-super-brief” presentation which I share in as little time as possible to as many qualified investors as I can get in front of.
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5 Ways to Reshape Your Relationship with Money

moneykissRunning a start-up with limited capital is tough, right?

You know you have a brilliant idea, and you know you could ROCK THE WORLD if you just had a little cash to implement it. So you shop your genius idea around, offering investors the chance to get in on the action. And then you start to lose your mind…

The challenge of raising capital for a new enterprise brings up many psychological and (dare we say it?) spiritual issues with regard to our relationship to money. It’s stretching me, inside and out. Sound familiar? Then check out these 5 Ways I’ve been reframing my relationship with money. Total lifesavers! Continue Reading