We had the good fortune of connecting with Chloe Hiller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chloe, what principle do you value most?
Empowering girls to dream, believe and achieve means so much to me because I overcame bullying and low self esteem and I think it is important to encourage others through sharing my experiences. I have been fortunate to have family, mentors and peers that supported my efforts to spearhead programs and social media campaigns over the past several years that promote the importance of leadership. Most recently, I created an app called DREAM BELIEVE ACHIEVE that pushes positive quotes out daily to spread kindness and inspire people to have hope that they can reach their goals.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a high school senior who is looking forward to graduating soon and beginning a new chapter of life as I pursue a degree in Journalism at University of Arizona. My career goal is to become a producer for a major network news program and I have spent the past four years in my school’s news program as a director, producer, script writer and more for our daily news show. My work was born out of being a pageant contestant and titleholder and began when I was 11-years-old. Growing up, I was one of few African-American girls at my school and I was bullied often for being different than most of the other kids. My self esteem was really low, but eventually I found my voice through pageants, modeling and community events and organizations that focused on girl empowerment. I was inspired to create my own personal platform called “Empowering Girls to Dream, Believe and Achieve” and over the years it has grown to also include young men and adults. It took a lot of hard work, research, time and dedication to build this movement that encourages positive self-esteem and learning leadership skills. I spearhead annual vision board parties where the attendees lay out their dreams in a fun and judgement free environment and organizing those events taught me a lot about what it means to have integrity. I have been to several classrooms and hosted events with kids to talk about making great choices and how important it is to love yourself first – hearing their stories and sharing mine taught me that you’re never to young to be a positive influence in someone’s life. I set a goal with each pageant title I’ve held to leave a legacy of service in my community – locally and statewide. Technology has afforded me the opportunity to be service oriented nationwide and globally as well. Using social media platforms and apps like Zoom and FaceTime, I have reached more people than I ever dreamed was possible. I have been competing in pageants for almost 10 years and held several titles that have given me access to an amazing network of people and businesses that helped me along this journey. Although I have not quite reached my pageant goal yet, I continue to work hard to grow as an individual and be a leader amongst my peers and pageant sisters. When the world shut down early in 2020 and I had fewer opportunities to meet with people in person, I relied more on social media to expand my reach. I created interactive campaigns and made consistent posts under the #GirlsDreamBelieveandAchieve movement and then decided I wanted to design an app to inspire people daily, on a global level. It took several months and meetings to develop, but I launched the DREAM BELIEVE ACHIEVE app in December 2020 – the week of my 17th birthday. I have reached so many more people and inspired positivity and kindness through the amazing quotes that are pushed out to people through the app every day. I have talked with people in other countries who have downloaded the app and love it! It is one of my biggest dreams come true and I hope that my app continues to reach people all over the world.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One of my best friends actually lives in Ohio and I can’t wait for her to come visit me later this year! I would definitely take her to hang out at Tempe Town Lake after grabbing some Dutch Bros. drinks. I love the Arcadia area, so we’d grab some food from Doughbird or Flower Child and then drive up Camelback mountain to see the amazing views and the most gorgeous sunsets. We would check out some of the cool wall murals in Downtown Phoenix to capture some pics for Instagram and TikTok videos. Of course we would get some hiking in on the South Mountain trails and probably drive up to Sedona for a day to see the beautiful red rocks and visit the cutest shops and restaurants. We would have Berry Divine Acai Bowls for breakfast at least three times because they’re the absolute best!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my Shoutout to my mom, Makisha Hiller. Before I was involved in pageantry and modeling, she was a single mother who always did everything she could to make sure I was involved in activities that challenged me and helped me grow. She spent so much quality time with me and provided amazing experiences that have helped shape who I am. In the years since I have been a pageant titleholder she has been my rock; encouraging me to always keep moving forward in developing my own personal platform (Empowering Girls to Dream, Believe and Achieve) and instilling a “never give up” attitude in me despite the challenges I have faced both in my personal life as well as in competitions. I would not be who I am today without everything she has done for me and I am beyond grateful for her love and support.
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