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CHRISTINA & COURTNEY - WERKLAB

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MEET CHRISTINA DISLER & COURTNEY CHEW:
We sat down with Christina Disler & Courtney Chew from Werklab to talk about their experience as female entrepreneurs and what babes supporting babes means to them. Courtney has been working in the Vancouver fashion industry for over ten years, and now runs a brand strategy and marketing company along with her own fashion brand. As Christina has a background in Organizational Coaching and HR, human engagement and business were a natural marriage for her. In early 2016, Christina opened Werklab. Werklab is a members-only community designed to offer resources and support to innovators, creators, and the curious who are pursuing their own hustle. The intention is to make the world a smaller place by fostering real relationships both locally and globally through the power of human connection and experiences! 

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Why is she (Christina, Courtney) a babe? 

CC:  Christina has this amazing trait that is so rare these days, of being totally present and making people feel heard. She’s able to get to the core of who you are as a person. In a world where surface level conversations have become a standard, to know someone that is committed to shifting the way we truly connect as human beings, is super special.

CD: Courtney has this effortlessly cool energy that turns heads and inspires me daily.

What does babes supporting babes mean to you?

CC: It means being egoless and vulnerable in a way that allows you to truly collaborate with those that share the same values as you do, and collectively create a greater impact together. It’s something powerful for sure.

CD: It means a meaningful movement.

If you could choose your nickname, what would it be?

CD: Smartina

What is your spirit animal?

CC: Maybe a seahorse. I honestly don’t know. Or a dolphin, ‘cause who doesn’t love dolphins?

What is your proudest babe moment or achievement?

CC: Taking the opportunity (and risk!) to go off on my own after 11 years working in the corporate world.

CD: Lululemon ambassador

What is the most unexpected thing you have in your purse or wallet?

CC: My LEGO Darth Vador flashlight keychain

CD: Citrine Crystal to manifest abundance.

 Tell us about a time where you were faced with a situation that you could have been unkind, but chose to be a babe instead?

CD: There’s been quite a few scenarios where I’ve had to regroup, breathe and choose to not emotionally react. I always remember that it’s a choice to carry my head high.

What product would you seriously stockpile if you found out they weren’t selling anymore?

CC: My perfume by Le Labo

CD: 1996 - Byredo Perfume

If you had a yacht, what would be the name of it?

CD: Sparkle

What was the best piece of advice you received when you were first starting your career?

CC:  The best piece early on would probably have been to say yes to every opportunity because you never know what will come out of it. And these are a couple I’ve learned throughout my career since then: Reframe challenges as a chance to see things through a new lens. And be curious, brave, and gracious to everyone and everything, even during the hard times - the way you handle the tough situations sticks with you forever.

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What is the best piece of advice you have received now that you are in your career?

CD: If you’re at a crossroads and are challenged with a decision between two options, choose the more uncomfortable one. Through discomfort comes growth.

Red, white, or rose?

CD: Spritz

When I dance I look...  

CC: FREE.

Who do you channel when you’re about to do something that scares you?

CD: Oprah

What is your favorite destination to visit?

CC: Hawaii
CD: Anywhere with delicious cuisine, and culture

What is your favorite meal to eat?

CC: Sushi! But I’m also a sucker for dumplings and pizza (not together, although I heard Mimichengs in NYC made a pizza dumpling recently…).

What is the most fulfilling part of your career?

CC: Being able to connect with people, connect people to others, and to just do the coolest things with individuals that inspire me.

CD: To connect with others, create a-ha moments, and being a part of something bigger than myself.

Where is your favorite place to draw inspiration from?

CC: In conversations with the people around me.

What is your guilty pleasure?

CC: Ice cream for sure.

CD: KUWTK!

What quality are you working on yourself right now?

CC: Being present and setting boundaries to ensure balance in my life.

CD: To get out of my head and into my body / intuition

What is the biggest hurdle you’ve had to overcome in business?

CC: Closed minds and incompatible values.

CD: Limiting beliefs

Coffee meeting or drinks meeting?

CC: Coffee

CD: Ice cream

If you’re going out for a cocktail you’d order…

CC:  I don’t drink anymore - sparkling water is my ‘drink of choice’. On super rare occasions I’ll have a whisky on the rocks.  

CD: Spritz

Keep up with the Werklab babes by visiting them on Instagram @werklab.

Introduction written by Lindsay Pearce
Photography by Ryan Pugsley.

 

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