A recent graduate in Communications from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, Chloie Dale now works as a Website Coordinator at United Way of Salt Lake. After learning to practice self-care and positive self talk to lift herself out of some trying times, she started volunteering for various organizations in her community as a way to walk with people and help them implement positive practices in their life. When Chloie's not volunteering, planning an event for United Way, or radiating goofy positivity everywhere, she's been known to participate in local soccer leagues and dominate the world of Super Mario.
you’ve dedicated the beginning of your career to civic duty. What moves you to get involved?
I’ve been fortunate enough to live a wonderful—and privileged—life. I have an amazing family that’s supported me in all my endeavors, and puts up with my quirks. I attended a great college and had the financial help I needed to graduate debt free. I’m now a 23-year-old woman living in my first solo apartment, working my first big girl job, and driving a car I purchased myself. Life’s been pretty good.
On the flip side, though, I’ve had some pretty hard experiences I’ve had to navigate. Nothing could have prepared me for these trying times, and I often lost my identity when trying to find my way to overcome these trials. However through them I learned what really mattered in life, and what I was passionate about. Once I picked myself up I went to work on advocating for issues I believed in. I started small by engaging with organizations I liked on social media, which turned into talking to my friends and family about these issues, which turned into volunteering at these organizations, which turned into becoming a donor at those organizations, and finally landed me where I’m at today with S H E and United Way of Salt Lake. Working with organizations that further social causes I care about empowers me. I’m energized when I hear stories about individuals succeeding and reaching their full potential, but who just needed a little step up to get there. I know I’m young and have a lot of job switching left, but I can’t see myself in another industry.
When you close your eyes and imagine an empowered woman, what do you see?
I see someone who is unapologetically herself. She's not afraid to take risks, be silly, or trail blaze her future. I see her enjoying all the fun journeys in life, and surrounded by loving and supportive people.
What life lessons did you learn from your parents?
The lesson I carry close to my heart is to be independent. To me, being independent means: Being confident in your ideas, trusting your gut to take a risk, asserting yourself in uncomfortable situations and leaving those situations comfortable, being humble when you know you don’t have to be, speaking up for those not heard, advocating for those same groups, being kind to people with no intention of the kindness being reciprocated, and loving everything and everyone unconditionally.
I should also say lesson number two is knowing I have more time than blood. That’s especially true driving Utah streets.
Tell us a little bit about your own personal path of empowerment? What was significant?
For a long time I molded who I was to who I was with. Chloie Dale wasn’t really a person. She just shifted by the day. When I was working on getting through my hard times I also focused on some self-love. Establishing who I was, and who I wanted to be. I still use self-deprecating humor—I don’t think this will ever go away—but I started talking about myself how I wanted others to talk about me.
I saw my successes, and I celebrated them with my close friends and family. I learned it is okay to laugh at your own jokes and dance with no music on. I started distancing myself from people who didn’t appreciate who I was becoming, and making friends that would support the real Chloie Dale.
I also started cherishing my me-time. Whether that meant taking myself shopping or spending a Friday night in bed watching Sharknado. I forgot who I thought I should be, and was just me. Now I still have a long way to go, but I’m in a place where I can share my story with people, and hope I can help them on their journey to being an empowered being.
What advice or suggestions can you give to young people walking the path of empowerment?
Be confident in yourself, your ideas, and your worth. It’s easy to fall silent or mold into someone you aren’t in an effort to impress your peers. If you put all that nervous energy about fitting-in into something you’re passionate about, you’ll move mountains. Classic quote, but a true statement.
I volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and try to tell my Little this every time we hang out. Of course I’m the weird adult who doesn’t know anything. Side note, I remember being a teenager and thinking adults don’t know, or could never understand my feelings, and now I’m “that adult.” So strange. I like to think that if I say this enough she’ll slowly start to trust the weird adult.
How do you take care of yourself so that you stay balanced and centered?
Volunteering, taking bubble baths, eating copious amounts of popcorn and snow cones, looking at pictures of Bulldogs, watching cheesy lifetime movies, and being weird. I’m hands down the weirdest person I know. But also the most fun person sooooo..
What advice would you like to give yourself five years ago?
Slow down, breathe, and be yourself. I was always looking to the future, and never really lived in the moment. Looking back I wish I would have found my confidence earlier and just enjoyed the moment I was in. As my Dad always says it all works out. I never believed him…. But I guess he knew some things.
What about 5 years from now?
I really hope that by now you have at least one bull dog. I also hope that you are a kinder woman. Confident in your work. Advocating for things you believe in. And unapologetically yourself.
What are you watching right now?
Right now I’m pretty enthralled with This Is Us and Riverdale. I can have a god cry session, and immediately switch into my Nancy Drew mode. As the wise Hannah Montana once said these shows give me, “The best of both worlds.”
What's your favorite quote?
“Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass.” Paul J. Meyer.
What is your vision or hope for women on the planet?
I just want girls to run the world. Or be respected. Either will do ;)