Wavemakers is an initiative I've kickstarted with Femme-O-Nomics’ founder Leah Eichler (@Femmeonomics) that profiles female innovators — women who are constantly blazing new trails, inspiring others and revolutionizing the status quo.
This week we meet Shelley Kuipers. She is an accomplished entrepreneur and the founder and chief executive officer of Chaordix Inc., a crowdsourcing company. Shelley divides her time between Calgary and London. You can follow her @shelleykuipers
Grateful; I feel very fortunate to have the opportunities I have, living in London with my family, my home country Canada (which I visit often), my close friends and colleagues, my startup company Chaordix (we are rocking it!).
2. If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
Me, I wouldn’t want to be anything else.
3. What is your greatest indulgence?
All things fashion … so shoes are up there for sure, my weakness. But I love developing my own sense of style through just experimenting, trying new stuff all the time.
4. What or who helped you the most to achieve your success?
There are two parts to this. I think the “what” is my determination and persistence, I don’t give up … never have. But my success has really been about “who” I surround myself with: my family, my friends, my colleagues and the community I rely on for support, advice and sometimes a kick in the ass to remind me that I am worthy of my opportunities.
5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Trust your instinct – always. I haven’t always done that … and I’ve paid for it accordingly.