Chanèle McFarlane has always been good at telling stories.
As the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Do Well Dress Well, an online site with career-focused advice for women, she’s used to helping others bridge the gap between competence and confidence. We got the chance to sit with her to learn more about how she found this path and what motivates her now.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
don’t play small for others to feel comfortable.
Who is someone you look up to?
I would definitely say I look up to my mom.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Check my emails. I know I shouldn’t, but I do.
Finish this sentence: I couldn’t do what I do without…?
I couldn’t do what I do without the notes app on my phone. Every big idea starts there.
How did you get started?
I wanted a creative outlet outside of work and decided to start a blog. Three years later, here we are.
What type of notable are you?
I am an entrepreneur, a corporate professional, but also a side hustler.
Tell me about why you love your job and the cool things you get to do?
I am a TEDx speaker and I get to write and inspire women to be their most remarkable selves.
What does ambition mean to you?
Being the most remarkable version of yourself and empowering others to do the same. Tell me what you want to be yelling for living authentically.
Are there moments in your life that clearly stand out as defining moments?
Graduating from high school and realizing that I was not living up to my true potential.
What would you consider your biggest accomplishment to date or your most proud moments?
My most proud moment is definitely conquering my first TEDx talk.
Tell me about a moment where you knew you made it.
I knew I made it when other women let me know that my actions and what I have chosen to do with my life has inspired them.
Tell me about parts of your personality or your skills or your approach to life that has helped you in your career.
I give myself permission to pivot and I’m not afraid to fail.
What’s the next challenge or project you’re tackling?
I would say diversifying the content on Do Well Dress Well while creating videos, podcasts, and even some interesting research studies.
Any secret passions?
I am passionate about popcorn. Not so secretly actually!