Seeing CONNECTIONS made, COLLABORATIONS formed, business done and women making huge strides in their business growth is truly electrifying!

Meet the FOUNDER of The Women’s Chapter, Michelle Pughe-Parry de Klerk

From hard news and investigative journalist to commodities editor, marketer, business development consultant and entrepreneur, Michelle has worn many hats, and lived in places as diverse as Paris, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Washington, and London. She is passionate about the power of women in business, and launched The Women’s Chapter in 2014 as a means to champion and support women-led businesses, and bring like-minded women together to connect, inspire, and thrive.

Throughout her time in financial services and commodities, and later as a marketing director in the luxury sector, she became aware of the need for curated opportunities for women, both professionals and entrepreneurs, to come together to grow their networks in a more meaningful way.

Passionate about championing women-led business and shining a light on female role models for her own daughters, and future generations of women in business, she started The Women’s Chapter as a side hustle on a shoestring budget, building the founding membership through reaching out directly to women who moved her with their tenacity and determination. Ten years later, there are now more than 5,500 high impact women in the Women’s Chapter community, and the movement,  has been featured in publications including Harper’s Bazaar, Forbes and The Telegraph.

In addition to her work with The Women’s Chapter, Michelle also runs a luxury brand consultancy working with businesses from start-ups to multinationals. Her work has included projects for Wedgwood, LVMH, Explora, Carolina Herrera, Metier, Roksanda, Vienna Tourist Board, Rolls-Royce and Cliveden House Hotel.