February 22, 2016 -
OWNER + VP, Columbia Southern University
CEO, Waldorf University
As an energetic corporate/motivational speaker and author, Chantell Cooley draws from her roots as a pioneer in online education, a tireless advocate for developing leaders and a never-give-up mentality that helped establish one of the nation’s leading online universities. From leadership to business to education, Ms. Cooley delivers presentations filled with honest, empowering thoughts to inspire and drive audiences. She channels most of her energy to overseeing business development at Columbia Southern Education Group, the parent company of Columbia Southern University and Waldorf College. She is a dynamic senior vice president of Columbia Southern University where she leads initiatives in leadership training for management, customer service and various self-improvement training programs for staff and faculty. She also serves on the university’s Board of Trustees as well as that of Waldorf College, where she is the executive vice president. When she isn’t running a business, Chantell can be found, many days, at her local hometown church. Whether she is leading a bible study, mentoring young women on their walk with Christ or volunteering at church-wide events, Chantell’s passion for her faith is evident. The daughter of a military veteran, a wife and mother of two, Ms. Cooley is a firm believer in education, changing lives and helping families find happiness.