Internationally recognized social media influencer, speaker & branding professional.
“Chantel Soumis is a communications expert and professional storyteller. As an advocate for the differently-abled community, Chantel spreads awareness, hope, and inspiration to those around the world who fighting for acceptance and fighting to understand the hidden struggles of differently-abled people.
Chantel is also a top LinkedIn creator, a social media influencer, and a host of the (Un)Learn Show on the social networking platform. The (Un)Learn Show features those who have broken bad habits. In doing so, the show inspires and motivates others to un-learn certain behaviors or beliefs that no longer serve us.
By administering the power of positive thinking, Chantel has overcome severe personal and professional obstacles. Chantel is most certainly a wise leader who practices what she preaches. Yet, her message is always delivered with love, kindness and generosity.
Chantel spends a substantial portion of her time coaching others to accept and believe in themselves, and to treat one another with dignity and value, recognizing we are all brothers and sisters. You’ll be inspired by Chantel’s courage, captured by her humble, soft nature, and empowered by her story.
Through her storytelling, we are all invited to fully accept what we may perceive as our own, personal weaknesses, to embrace challenges as opportunities, and to convert them into strengths. Likewise, we are encouraged to see and value the diversity of our brothers and sisters in life. Imagine the culture-shifts that would occur in our world, our country, our workplaces, and our homes if we did so….”
- Kirstin Lowrey Sommers, JD CPC, Change-to-Solution Executive, Leadership, Transition Coaching & Training
Adversity, Creativity & Hope
I was born bubbly thanks to my mother's radiant love for people, animals, life and magic paired with my father's indestructible strength - former farmer and Vietnam Veteran who knew how to take full advantage of opportunity and became an extremely successful entrepreneur with his wife at his side.
It was second grade and I remember my Mom and Dad sitting down with me, "Angel... you aren't going to be able to go to school with your friends anymore if you have to repeat the school year with the younger kids."
I remember being confused, but I wasn't understanding words, spelling, and reading. I was slow. This was the first time my bubbly personality deflated and the labels that came with a learning disability set in.
Through a string of other unfortunate events, the adversity could have broke me, and nearly did. When my vision drastically declined following the birth of my newborn son, I knew something was wrong... but blindness wasn't the problem. The real issue was uncontrollable brain damage from Multiple Sclerosis. I lost my ability to run and eventually, to walk without mobility assistance or my German Shepherd, Red, guiding me to the kitchen to warm a bottle and then back to my baby boy.
The unpredictability was the worst of it.
Would I recover? Would my health continue to decline as my loved ones hopelessly watch me struggle to live?
I was a shell of a human, empty inside. Broken. In my early twenties with the body of a 90-year-old.
Any magic that I had left in my heart was gone and the bubbles all popped, leaving nothing but the faint rainbow residue of what used to be a lively, magic-filled, blue-eyed little girl.
There still was hope. There is always hope.
I rediscovered the magic through my sweet baby boy's embrace, my anchor. I feared I would never see his magical green eyes again or hear his voice call, "mommy" when my hearing started to fade... but this was just enough hope to transform and begin blowing those bubbles once again.
Don't get me wrong - there is no magic wand for discovering happiness when the entire universe seems to be against you, but it IS within your control. Happiness is a choice. Focusing on a clean diet, thought transformation and therapy are all beneficial contributors to your ultimate happiness.
You are worth the work and investment in yourself to find happiness.
It is possible.
There is always hope.
It wasn’t until I had to re-enter the workforce with “disability” that I discovered how incredibly biased and broken the application process truly is. So I started advocating on social media, turning smoke into fire that spread across the globe. My 500 connections turned into thousands of followers, supporters from a variety of countries that wanted to encourage equality, support and awareness.
My social media expertise was fueled by my marketing background and I hope to not only inspire and motivate, but also teach others how to use social media to work in your favor, with personal branding and digital influence.