Cicely Simpson

Public Speaker, Leadership Coach, Author and Founder / CEO of the Summit of Public Affairs

Cicely Simpson is a seasoned public speaker, leadership coach, author, and the founder and CEO of Summit Public Affairs. Cicely received a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University’s School of Law, and a bachelor’s of arts degree in political science from Lipscomb University. She believes in giving back, and currently serves on several for-profit and nonprofit boards. For more information, including a free leadership assessment, go to

Pull Up Your C.H.A.I.R.: Five Strategies to Change the Trajectory of Your Career

Publication Date: March 2022

Leadership a world that’s constantly changing—and it waits for no one. You know you belong in this world, or perhaps you’re already there. But there are constant questions that run through your mind: How can I get noticed? How can I find the courage to voice my views and opinions? How can I …?

Within these pages you’ll find a leadership model to answer these questions unlike any other. It is founded on a quote from Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, who famously said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” Using the acronym C.H.A.I.R., this model will help you differentiate yourself from your peers, get noticed, and say what you need to say without having regrets.

C.H.A.I.R. stands for:

  • Champion yourself
  • Honesty
  • Adaptability
  • Impact
  • Regrets

If you’re ready to grow—if you’re ready to think outside of the typical leadership box—this book will help you see where you want to go, so you can get to where you want to be!

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