Chiquita Searle

TEDx Alumni, Director, Speaker, MC, Lover of Cats & Avid Shopper

From the Queensland coalfields to Paris…

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 to launch the League of Extraordinary Women’s first Queensland branch as their QLD Crusader in August 2012, within twelve months Chi was offered the opportunity to take on the role as the League’s General Manager to oversee the group’s national growth. Under her leadership, the League expanded to 9 locations Australia wide and made history by launching Australia’s first ever all female entrepreneur one day conference, ‘Run the World’.

Since leaving the League, Chi has established CHIQUITA & Co, a full service PR, awards, experiential and talent management agency for startups and businesses which are spearheaded by go-getting, enterprising entrepreneurs who are driven, on a mission and ready to put the key in the ignition!

A TEDx Alumni, Chi is also invited to speak or MC at a number of events by a range of leading brands including Run the World, Australian Women of Medicine, Pause Fest, ANZ, One Path and Empowered Women in Real Estate.