Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
Hi! I'm Valerie Chaillé, a certified teacher, financial planner, and life coach, and I help women exchange their "should" and "supposed-to" goals for goals that satisfy their soul.
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
I have just finished my trial period. I chose to join because I can feel the shared desire to help one another grow here, personally and professionally.
How would you define your professional mission?
My mission is to help people feel better - happier, more alive, and more connected with themselves, others, and their sense of purpose and fulfillment.
What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?
To succeed in my line of work, one must be able to believe in what's possible, ask great questions, listen to what is said and unsaid, not believe clients when they lie to themselves or sell themselves short, and tune out everything that doesn't matter.
What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?
Following my own (scary) advice to step away from my successful and secure financial planning business to pursue my passion of coaching.
What are some career challenges on your radar?
Bringing the same impact of my 1:1 coaching to an online group program.
What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?
Early in my career, I created a new opportunity, new role, and a new way of doing business within a larger firm that did not support individuality or change. I'm proud of that because I didn't let the way things had always been interfere with my vision for what could be. More recently, I decided to take a “gap year” at age 52 and slow-travel the world while continuing to grow my business.
We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?
I had always planned to go to law school, but changed my mind during my senior year in college when I decided it was more important to me to be happy than to be “successful.” I was teaching high school when I met a lady on a train who suggested I become a financial planner, which I did for 20 years. I loved it and created great success for my clients and myself. I was obsessed with helping people improve the quality of their lives – along with the quantity of their dollars – and I encouraged them to connect with their values and follow their heart, even if it didn't seem like the safest, surest, or most sensible path. When I realized at the height of my career that I no longer loved working with investments, I got an opportunity to follow my own advice and pivot to coaching. I'd like to say it was easy, but it wasn't. I experienced tremendous fear, doubt, and apprehension about abandoning "common sense" and following my heart, but I did it anyway. My own journey helps me coach women who have the same fears and doubts about breaking free from the expectations of society or of others. My background and experience also allow me to help with financial questions and obstacles that can arise along the way.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Witnessing people unlock the shackles of "shoulds" and "supposed-tos" and step into goals that make them feel eager and alive and on purpose.
What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?
I want to start a revolution where people value joy, happiness, and sharing their natural gifts and abilities over stressing and striving for the world's definition of success.
What is it about your job that makes you feel it’s the right fit for you?
The combination of my background and experience, my ability to see what is possible, and my desire to lead and encourage others makes this a perfect fit for me.
Who are your role models?
Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Ticht Nacht Han, Marcus Aurelius, Jesus, The Buddha.
What is your morning ritual?
Fill my mind with positive thoughts and affirmations, set my intention for the day, journal, meditate, practice believing in myself, my coaching, and my clients.
What is your favorite social media site? Why?
Facebook. I'm comfortable on the platform, and it's where the majority of my friends, family, and groups are.
What would you say your personal superpower is?
I have two: 1) Knowing what problem to solve and what questions to answer to solve it. 2) Making people cry. (Crying is a natural response to uncovering what is most important to you, and I help people do that during their first call with me.)
What does success look like to you?
Joy, peace, ease, and flow.
Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?
No; I regularly clarify my priorities and allow them to guide my use of time.
What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?
Be a product of your product. :)
What is the best career advice you ever received?
Don't rely on yourself alone; surround yourself with others who want to support you.
What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?
Action speaks louder than words. Follow your heart to your sense of joy and fulfillment, so you can teach your children how to do the same.