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Conversations with Dana Azzi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dana Azzi.

Hi Dana, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
I left my hometown of Montreal, Canada at the age of 21 to pursue an international private banking career abroad and ended up spending 15 years living and working in many cities, namely Paris, Geneva, London, New York, Dubai, and Beirut. While abroad, I realized I struggled as a woman in a male-dominated industry. In my opinion, women needed to be exposed to more inspiring role models and to discover stories of relatable women.

Hence I launched my blog, The Rebel Chronicles, in 2015, when I was still living in Dubai. My mission was, and still is, to share stories of inspiring women executives and entrepreneurs, in the hope that other women will follow suit, pursue their dreams and realize their full potential. I am now back in my hometown of Montreal, Canada, and I work with various women entrepreneurs from all over Canada and the US, sharing their stories and working with them on their small businesses to help them grow.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It was not a smooth road and still isn’t. There are many struggles when you’re trying to build something. First, you’ll get criticized, a lot. I was and still am criticized daily for what I’m trying to achieve. Regardless, I avoid the noise and push through, because I know what I’m doing is making a difference. You’ll also have moments of failing confidence.

Some days I’ll wake up feeling discouraged, unsure if I will reach my goal of building a sustainable long-term business. When this happens I rely heavily on my support network, my husband mainly, and close friends. They remind me that what I’m doing is making a difference. It’s a fleeting moment of doubt, and I’m suddenly right back to push through and encouraging other women to do the same.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I have a blog website and create content for my social media channels. I mainly interview women entrepreneurs based across Canada and the US, namely Denver, Vancouver, New York, Montreal, and many other places. I”m most proud of my interviews of course, as sharing stories of these women and how they built their small businesses is how I know other women in doubt feel encouraged to start their small businesses as well.

I also create career focused-content as a huge part of my following is also women paving their way in their careers. I release a lot of videos, offering tips and tricks I learned over the last 17 years working in various cities around the world.

I also recently launched a free 15min masterclass to help aspiring women entrepreneurs put together a business plan for their business or side hustle idea. I’ve worked with several entrepreneurs over the years and helped them either set-up their small businesses or scale up their operations and wanted to share that knowledge with other women. The course is available directly on my website.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I’ve always been stubborn and extremely ambitious. I always knew that the typical road was not the one I was interested in following. That’s probably why I shocked everyone when I left home and moved abroad at such a young age.

I’ve always been adventurous and I wanted to expose myself to various cultures, people, and places, and carve a unique path for myself. That’s probably also why I named my blog The Rebel Chronicles, as I believe all women have a Rebel within them, waiting to come to life.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.therebelchronicles.com
  • Instagram: @therebelchronicles
  • Facebook: @therebelchronicles
  • Twitter: @rebelchronicles
  • Youtube: @Therebelchronicles

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