Chrysalis is a network for Wellington women wanting to grow and develop their business.

The Chrysalis for Women business network began in 2013 for women in small to medium sized businesses, keen to grow their business while maintaining a balanced lifestyle.

We offer an affordable, no pressure, fun and friendly environment for Wellington business women to get together and achieve their business goals.

If you want to grow your business, connect with others in a networking community, learn, find inspiration, and form friendships, then Chrysalis is for you.

We help you grow your business confidence, gain skills, knowledge and inspiration, one step at a time, as you travel on your business journey.

No matter what stage your business is at, whether you are just starting out or are well established, Chrysalis has something to offer.

Membership opens the door to a supportive community where you can meet interesting business women; promote your services; be inspired by speakers and gain new clients and business growth ideas.  There’s also opportunities to form business partnerships with other members. It’s a case of what you put in is what you get out.

If you aren’t already a part of the group, come along to a meeting and see if it’s what you are looking for. We look forward to meeting you.

Kim and Iona

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Meet the team

Kim Chamberlain

Founder and Coordinator

Kim Chamberlain

What is your business?
I’m an international speaker and author, in the field of personal and professional development. http://www.kimchamberlain.com/  I have a real estate investment business in partnership with my husband.

Why did you set up Chrysalis?
When I set up in business in 2002 I quickly discovered that most people coming to me were women looking for inspiration and confidence-building. I started to provide a range of services specifically for women, including women’s workshops, a women’s business expo, women’s conferences, and two books for women (Successful Woman and Woman to Woman). Chrysalis for Women was a natural progression and I feel very honoured that we are providing a service that women appreciate and gain many benefits from.

What else can you tell us about yourself?
Originally from Liverpool in the UK, I’m married to Jon, with two wonderful children Jordan and Kira and a pet blue tongued lizard called Ra.

I’ve been driven by a number of things in my life:

  • Words, language and communication – which led me to gain a degree in linguistics, become an author, speaker, trainer, TEFL tutor and volunteer reader/writer for college students. It also means I never leave the house without pen and paper because, heaven knows, there may be something I need to write down!
  • Living in new places – I love moving to live in a place I don’t know, finding out how to live there and then moving on to the next place. So far I’ve lived in 10 places, in five countries on three continents. That leaves an awful lot of other places to live in…
  • Setting up new initiatives – I see my life purpose as “Setting up something that didn’t exist before, that is of benefit to the community”, and I’ve established several initiatives over the years. These include – services for youngsters with special needs; a home-school centre in East Africa; a support group for people who work from home; and a dress agency for ballroom dancers.
  • Chocolate. You can never have too much chocolate in your life!

Iona Elwood-Smith

Business Director

Iona Elwood-Smith

What is your business?
I run Grow My Business, helping small businesses solve problems by offering affordable, practical strategies, action plans, workshops and ongoing support. A branch of this is my web design company Build a Website for Me where I create affordable, strategic websites that focus on converting visitors to customers

Why did you become involved in Chrysalis?
While building Grow My Business it became hugely apparent to me that women growing their own businesses for their own reasons, were overlooked and unsupported. If you’re not a tech company, not planning to “go global”, not wanting to become the stereotypical business woman, where do you go? How do you grow you business and how do you develop your own business capability even if you are just looking to create your own “job” doing something that you really love?

I had been attending Chrysalis regularly for a year when Kim approached me about working together. I found Chrysalis to be welcoming and supportive, very different from other groups I tried out. I had met some great women, worked with many, and really saw the potential in Chrysalis. I was, and am, inspired by what Kim has built and feel hugely privileged to be involved in creating this business journey we have developed together, to make a difference in the lives of everyday women in business. 

What else can you tell us about yourself?
I am a mother of three who loves audio books, travelling, chocolate, fluffy earmuffs and all things polka dot. I hate organic vegetables and think kale is someone’s sick joke.
I have lived, worked and raised babies overseas and plan to work from a villa in Spain within the next 3 years.
At 40 I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  This was literally life changing and has really made me embrace life like never before, appreciate what I have, and feel very blessed every day. At 41 I joined the CanSurvive dragon boat team of breast cancer survivors and will go with them to Florence in 2018 to compete against over 100 teams from around the world. In 2014 we competed in Florida and came 3rd out of 101 teams, a very memorable moment. My extended family think it’s hilarious that I am the athlete in in the family 🙂

I don’t believe life is for the faint of heart – it’s there to be grabbed with both hands. I do believe anything is possible and that if you want anything to change, you need to be part of making that happen. 

“Chrysalis provides a wealth of experience and knowledge for women and by women. It’s a warm, welcoming and supportive environment where members generously share their wisdom for the benefit of everyone. Not only have I learned but I have enjoyed!!”

Judith Yeabsley, The Confident Eater


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