Swapping a lucrative corporate job in the coalfields of Queensland’s mining industry for a fashion designer’s studio, Chiquita Searle, or Chi for short, has certainly experienced life on both sides of the career spectrum.
Taking the path-less-trodden, in 2011, after a successful eight-year long stint in HR and Recruitment for the construction and mining industries, Chi felt a strong pull in another direction and so followed her heart to France where she studied at the Paris Fashion Institute before launching her own fashion label “Chi the Label” (rebranded “Chiquita”) the following year.
After landing a number of high-profile styling opportunities for major fashion events including the 2012 Dress for Success Fashion Affair, Chi and her label quickly garnered national fashion coverage and Chi has since become a regular blogger and contributor to major publications on all things fashion and style.
Hand-picked from dozens of wishful candidates to launch the League’s first Queensland branch in August 2012, within twelve months Chi was offered the opportunity to relocate to Melbourne and take on the role as the League’s General Manager to oversee the group’s national growth.
As the General Manager, Chi is committed to building a buzzing and vibrant community of entrepreneurial women headed by dynamic and driven Crusaders.
Chi is the ideal interview subject for articles on: – Changing careers to follow a dream – Working in a male dominated industry – Avoiding pitfalls in lean start-ups
Kizzi Nkwocha is the editor of My Entrepreneur Magazine and publisher of The UK Newspaper, The Property Investor and Gold, Oil and Diamonds, the net’s fastest growing wealth creation publication. Kizzi Nkwocha made his mark in the UK as a publicist, journalist and social media pioneer. As a widely respected and successful media consultant he has represented a diverse range of clients including the King of Uganda, and Amnesty International. Nkwocha has also become a well-known personality on both radio and television. He has been the focus of a Channel 4 documentary on publicity and has hosted his own talk show, London Line, on Sky TV. He has also produced and presented both radio and TV shows in Cyprus and Spain.