Welcome!

Internationally recognized social media influencer, speaker & branding professional. 

 
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“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


My Story

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.

…Social Influence…

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.

Contact me for motivational speaking or personal brand coaching today!

 

Speaking Engagements & Workshops

Speaking engagement topics include leveraging weaknesses and strengths, overcoming adversity, manufacturing happiness, and more, derived from Soumis' background of overcoming limitations mentally and physically.

Workshops include co-speakers to provide an interactive experience with exercises to provoke your thoughts and change your lives.

 

 

Personal Branding: Building a Brand Butterfly

[PROFESSIONAL GROWTH, EDUCATION, LEADERSHIP]

What is Personal Branding?

Well, it used to be a simple business card with your name, title, and company on it. Due to the development of social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Allignable, Upwork, etc. it’s becoming ever more imperative that individual representatives, consultants, and job seekers stand out and put their best foot forward.

 
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Your brand should reflect who you are and goes beyond the internet and social media, including how you engage and network in your own community.

In this session, you will learn more about what makes a strong personal brand and leave with the tools to you need to build your brand butterfly from caterpillar through metamorphosis and watch your new personal brand spread its wings and fly.

Audience: Entrepreneurs, Consultants, Agents (Real Estate, Talent, etc.), Managers, Leadership, Marketing Specialists, Job Seekers of All Backgrounds


 

Professional Empowerment: Discovering Confidence

[INSPIRATION, PROFESSIONAL GROWTH, EDUCATION, LEADERSHIP]

What is the foundation of confidence?

Awareness. Acceptance. Appreciation.

 
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In this session, you will not only learn how to “fake it ‘til you make it” but you’ll leave with the tools you need to discover your true superpowers, practice self-love, and build a supportive community to find and master inner and outer confidence.

You’ll be sure to leave this session motivated, inspired, and ready to deliver confidence!

Workshops include internationally recognized Australian co-speaker, Kirsty Blattner, to pitch hit the importance of bio-individuality and mindfulness.

Audience: Entrepreneurs, GenZ, Millennials, Growing Professionals, Aspiring Speakers, Teachers, Leaders, Managers, Supervisors, Job Seekers of All Backgrounds,


 

Limitless Leaders: Overcoming Limitations & Becoming an Unstoppable Leader

[INSPIRATION, PROFESSIONAL GROWTH, LEADERSHIP]

 

What makes a Limitless Leader?

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The foundation of overcoming limitations is comprised of acceptance, perspective, and gratitude. As a working warrior, filling two full-time jobs while serving as a mother, first and foremost, Soumis also overcomes daily challenges with Multiple Sclerosis and Epilepsy. In this session, you listen to Soumis’ story of overcoming personal limitations and leave with the tools you need to overcome limitations of you own.

Workshops include nationally recognized Southern Empowerment Co-Speaker, Jacob Weirzbicki, to pitch hit the importance of a victim to victor mentality.

Audience: Working Adults in the Differently-Abled Community, Teenagers, High School Students, College Students, Entrepreneurs,


 

The Happiness Factory: How to Manufacture Happiness & Get The Most Out of Each Day

[INSPIRATION, PROFESSIONAL GROWTH, LEADERSHIP]

 

 What is the one thing we all wish we had a little more of in our lives?

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Some may say money, thinking it will solve all their problems and bring endless amounts of happiness, but more often than not, that wish becomes more of an obstacle and hindrance to happiness. Others may say success, but just as money, heavy is the head that wears the crown. Without proper stress management brought on by personal and professional triggers, our world can easily feel like it is closing in on us.

In this session, you will learn how to be present in a digitally-connected world, practice awareness and self-love, and find endless amounts of gratitude. You will leave this session with the tools you need to manufacture happiness and find joy to make the most out of each day with mindfulness, stress-management, gratitude, and confidence.

Workshops include internationally recognized Australian co-speaker, Kirsty Blattner, to pitch hit the importance of bio-individuality and overall wellness.

Audience: Everyone 16+ – Sessions can be designed based on specific age groups or professions.


 

Diversity: We're All Differently-Abled & What That Means

[INSPIRATION, PROFESSIONAL GROWTH, LEADERSHIP, EDUCATION]

 
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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 1 in 5 people have some form of "disability". Research has shown that leading practices on inclusion in the differently-abled community by hiring people with mental and physical challenges is good for the bottom-line. Case studies from companies such as 3M, PepsiCo, Merck and AT & T have reported the many benefits and importance of hiring people with disabilities. So what can we do, as working warriors, caretakers, peers, and leaders, to promote the wellbeing of all our employees and build a supportive community? 

As a working warrior, filling two full-time jobs while serving as a mother, first and foremost, Soumis also overcomes daily challenges with Multiple Sclerosis and Epilepsy. In this session, you listen to Soumis’ story of dealing with a debilitating diagnosis, finding a job with “disabilities”, and overcoming personal limitations. You will leave with the tools you need to ignite hope, overcome limitations of your own, and support your employees, family, and peers in the differently-abled community.


Audience: Everyone 16+ – Sessions can be designed based on age group, mental challenges, physical challenges, caretakers, mentors/leaders, and more.

 

Brand Consulting

Chantel Soumis is the Owner, Creative Director & Brand Ambassador for Stardust Creative, LLC. This full-service marketing agency works with experts across the globe to deliver exceptional designs, content, and strategy for businesses of all sizes. Your business is unique, your stellar marketing strategy should be too.


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Brand Strategy

Your business is unique. Your marketing strategy should be too.

From brand building to campaign management, Soumis will help you understand your target persona(s) and build a cohesive marketing strategy for ultimate lead generation by getting your ducks in a row and delivering a methodological approach. 

 

 

 
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Personal Branding

Building your brand butterfly.

Soumis will begin by analyzing your business differentiators, values, and goals. This will shape your brand foundation as a company caterpillar. Your team of experts at Stardust Creative will then push your brand into a chrysalis when the brand magic will begin.

 

 

 
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Social Media

Cut through social clutter with impact.

Beyond the mere creation of your business's social media accounts, the engagement requires a wealth of knowledge to stand out from the crowd. There are also many variables to keep track of, such as:

Channel-Based Algorithms, Character Count, Best Performing Formats per Platform, Frequency, Timing & Consistency, Engagement Best Practices, and more...