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Ariane Le Chevallier

National Director of Marketing & Communications at Friends of the Children

Best career advice you ever got?  

“Act like a duck: Cool, calm and collected above water, while you are swimming like hell underneath.”

Favorite thing about your job?  

The emotional and powerful stories of the youth we serve who overcome the most difficult circumstances, find resilience and thrive.

What would you be doing if not this?

Starting my own communications consulting firm! One day…

What’s something work related that keeps you up at night?  

Using the right words to speak with and describe the communities we serve in cause communications.

Most memorable Communications Network Experience?

Hearing Cecile Richards speak at the ComNet18 conference! I had the honor of working with her early on in my career and that experience shaped much of my career path after that. She taught me what it truly meant to be pro choice.

Your most overused word or phrase?  

“In my experience…” I blame that on having worked in DC for over a decade!

Best thing you’ve read/watched/listened to recently?

The Daily podcast by The New York Times

Guilty Pleasure?

My Favorite Murder podcast! Yes, I’m a Murderino.

How do you define success?

Being able to demonstrate the important impact that communications can have on moving the needle for important causes. I love spreadsheets and metrics dashboards!

Most important thing you’ve learned in the last five years?

It is possible to have a fulfilling, impactful career outside of D.C.! I moved to Portland, OR 5 years ago after having spent a decade in D.C. I have never looked back! I still get to do meaningful work that is creating happier, healthier and more equitable communities across the country.

What are you most interested in learning from your colleagues in The Network — and what could folks learn from you?  

Moving nonprofits and foundations away from using deficit-based language that perpetuates stereotypes about the communities we serve…and creates a common language that celebrates success, acknowledges systemic barriers and uses the equity lens for all communications. In other words, really embracing the work of Trabian Shorters’ BME Community and other DEI torchbearers who spoke at ComNet18!

How has The Network been helpful to your work/your career? And why?

The Network is the common thread that keeps us working together for good causes. They keeps me up to date with the latest trends with their *amazing* monthly newsletter and keep me connected to former and new colleagues in the field. We are cut from the same cloth/speak (mostly) the same language, and it’s great to have a space that connects us together!

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