Catherine Plano is here today with Chiquita Searle, 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.
Hand-picked from dozens of wishful candidates to launch the League’s first Queensland branch as their QLD Crusader 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.
Now in 9 locations within Australia, the League of Extraordinary Women is Australia’s largest and fastest growing movement of driven and dynamic female entrepreneurs.
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Interviewed by: Catherine Plano