As a self-starter entrepreneur, Danièle Henkel has built several strong and unique companies. Her brand reconciles wellbeing and labour market with the installation of care spaces in many businesses. Her commitment, perseverance, and dedication are the main reasons of her success and are fundamental notions she spreads to her employees and collaborators. She fights for a stronger Quebec Inc. True militant for the Quebecker and female entrepreneurship, Mrs. Henkel does not hesitate to invest, finance, support and accompany the entrepreneurs in whom she believes. She shares her professional and personal experiences through her conferences in Quebec, Europe and Africa. Her autobiography “Quand l’intuition trace la route” is a bestseller which inspired many generations of women to stand up. Renowned as vocational coach, charismatic director, author and lecturer, Danièle Henkel has the obsession to create a softer world.
Who is Daniele Henkel? Can you please describe yourself in a few words?
I am an engaged citizen, a businesswoman and an investor. I am also an advocate for more women entrepreneurs for a stronger Quebec Inc.
I participate in many charity events and non-profit organizations as a Philanthropist.I believe that we are responsible for our choices and that work should be a way of life not an obligation. I believe that success is the sum total of: Respect, humanity, hard work, perseverance, loyalty and attitude.
I mentor entrepreneurs and start-ups. I find it motivating and stimulating! I involve myself in projects that can have a positive impact in our society.
I am chairman of the Board of Director for Par Jean Drapeau and I sit on different other Boards of Directors.
One of the most precious part of my life and my greater success is my family. I am a mother of three daughters and one son and the grandmother of five grandchildren.
What is the secret of your positive energy?
It takes wisdom and many setbacks to realize that life is only about changes. It is certainly the way we respond to challenges and the attitude we display that will determine our level of success. So, because I learned a long time ago that stability does not exist I do try to make everyday a new experience by discovering something or sharing something with someone. I am not a dreamer, I am realistic, and I choose to remain positive.
In order to keep my energy positive, I use certain technics like meditating, listing to music, cooking etc.
I also spend time with my family and I play with my grandchildren.
I also try to keep myself in a good shape mentally and physically by exercising and eating healthy.
Can you share a few tips for people who want to start a new project in their life?
First, I believe that being an entrepreneur is a state of mind a way of being. Education gives us the tools needed to become better in our endeavours. It takes a lot of courage sacrifices and determination to transform an idea into a success.
They need to believe in themselves! They need surround themselves with the right people, to find a good mentor and certainly have a strong family support!
When you imagine an empowered human being, what do you see?
I see someone that is respectful of others. I see someone that has wisdom. I see someone that has self-confidence without being arrogant. I see someone that has balance in her/his life. I see someone that is a good leader and loves to shares his/her knowledge with others.
In other words, someone that is driven by human values such as empathy, compassion, honesty and integrity!
What is your vision of hope for the humanity?
I believe in education! It is the key for any society to survive successfully! I believe that empowering women in giving them the tools to protect and educate their children will make our world a better place to live!
I believe that we should transform our way of teaching. Schools need to allow our children to be, to create, to innovate. They are our future and we need to help them to believe in themselves and to be driven by human values.
By Mayshad Team