Pull up your C.H.A.I.R.℠ to the Leadership Table!

Stand up and step out from amongst your peers; say what you need to say, in the way that you want to say it, and without having regrets.

Discover the meaning and power behind what you bring to the table. Challenge yourself to reflect on what each definition means to you and how to apply these leadership principles to your life and your career. And you’ll learn practical strategies that can drastically and radically change your approach to leadership.

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman in Congress

Whether you see leadership through the lens of business, politics, or nonprofit, it’s a world that’s constantly changing, always evolving … and waits for no one. You know you belong in this world, or perhaps you’re already there. 

Using the acronym C.H.A.I.R.℠ this leadership model will help you think outside of the box so that you can “raise your hand” and be noticed.

C.H.A.I.R.℠ stands for: 

  • Champion yourself
  • Honesty
  • Adaptability
  • Impact
  • Regrets


With two decades of experience in public policy, public affairs, and communications along with her experience in political and legal affairs Cicely Simpson has been using her extensive knowledge to advise professionals across the world. 

Cicely Simpson is a seasoned public speaker, leadership coach, author, and the founder and CEO of Summit Public Affairs. Cicely received a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University’s School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Lipscomb University in Nashville. She believes in giving back, and currently serves on several for-profit and nonprofit boards.

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