Women of Pampered Chef

What Empowerment Looks Like to Us

In 1980, Doris Christopher was looking for a way to contribute to her household income without sacrificing time with her two young daughters. With that goal in mind, she created Pampered Chef. Thirty-eight years later, Doris’ dream to live life on her own terms inspires tens of thousands of people to do the same every day.

In honor of International Women’s Day, a day that celebrates women’s achievements, we asked consultants to share what it means to be a woman today and what makes them feel empowered. Their responses made us leap up and cheer.

Personal Growth & Wellbeing

“Success as a woman today is waking up with a desire to be a better me than I was yesterday.” – Tracy from Florida

“Making me the No. 1 priority in my life. I’m a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful boys, and I’m quick to put everything and everyone else first. I made a promise to look after me first, so this ship runs smoothly.” – Jill from Alberta, Canada

“I’ve done a ton of personal development that I’ve never done before because I was afraid. It was huge and eye-opening. It’s provided a lot of confidence.” – Susan from Texas

Teaching Future Generations

“One of the things that I try to tell my daughter is that nothing is too hard. The word hard just makes people stop. I tell her things are a challenge, and that we always overcome challenges. When a challenge comes, you don’t just give up, you figure out another way to get around it, get over it, get through it—but you don’t stop.” – Chapreese from New Hampshire

“As a mom of two teenage boys, it’s important to me to show that I’m not only a mom but a woman with goals and dreams for the future. It’s important for them to learn what women want and how they want to be treated. That I’m more than their mom, which I’m very proud to be, but that I’m a businesswoman and I have a passion for helping others.” – Sarah from Alberta, Canada

Lifting Up Yourself & Others

“I’m taking back control of my future. I’m being open about where my life was and where it’s going now so I can help others.” – Jenna from North Carolina

“A woman of 2019 does not say, ‘I cannot,’ but instead, ‘I can roll with life and honor my values and who is coming with me?’.” – Claire from Wisconsin


Together, we can build a world that celebrates and empowers women in all areas of society. International Women’s Day is an ongoing movement to make a positive change for women and celebrate their achievements. We want to know what empowerment means to you. How will you take this day and make it yours? Share your inspiring thoughts in the comments below or join the conversation on our Facebook page.

12 Responses to What Empowerment Looks Like to Us

  1. Anita Enriquez March 8, 2019 at 9:41 am #

    I appreciate that Pampered Chef shed a spotlight on these women because of their encouraging words. It gives voice and shows the heart and soul of Pampered Chef. This would be a great aspect to continue beyond Women’s Day. Everyone needs to be reminded! Thank you

  2. Lynn Nelson March 8, 2019 at 9:48 am #

    I have to say I was very excited to see Claire highlighted! She is a woman to aspire to be! Her statement about “honoring values” is what she’s all about! LOVE HER AND PC!!

  3. Karen Munson March 8, 2019 at 9:57 am #

    I’m so thankful for the opportunity I was given 23yrs ago when I joined Pampered Chef. The financial freedom, leadership skills & friendships not only with my team, my customers but my hosts too!! Thanks Pampered Chef

  4. Helen Jolley March 8, 2019 at 10:07 am #

    The person that inspires me is Terry Heiligenstadt . She does a great job for pampered chef and her community. She loves what she does and does what she loves. She works very hard for her family and grandchildren. Also I love the products.

  5. Michele Tatro March 8, 2019 at 10:08 am #

    I loved my time in the Pampered Chef family!
    Teaching others, helped me achieve personal goals, all while working around my first priority: my school aged children! A “win” for everyone.

  6. Mary Grant March 8, 2019 at 12:52 pm #

    Empowerment means to me that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD AND THE WILL TO MOVE FORWARD in my business despite setbacks that I may encounter! “Where there’s a will…there’s a way” is very true! After 26 years on this PC journey; family illnesses, injuries, taking care of an aging parent, and my own journey with breast cancer, I know you can overcome any obstacle! <3 PC has been an absolute blessing in my life!

    • Crystal Venetti March 8, 2019 at 3:02 pm #

      Pat Niosi is THE BESTEST Pampered Chef trp.
      Love her <3 and all her products too

  7. Meg Tessensohn March 8, 2019 at 1:16 pm #

    What a wonderful journey and the empowerment to help others and my family, Pampered Chef will always rock! I am blessed with a wonderful director who supports me.

  8. LuAnn Wherry March 8, 2019 at 7:18 pm #

    Meeting amazing women like Jean Jonas and Teri Aulestia. I am for ever grateful to Louise Bryant for giving me the golden ticket opportunity to join Pampered Chef table.

  9. Ruth March 9, 2019 at 6:33 pm #

    Pampered chef allowed me to be a single stay at home mom, while building a business and supporting my family. Growing myself, earning trips, bring a leader and mentor to others. After 25 years, I still love it!

  10. Deedee Brown March 11, 2019 at 1:15 am #

    I believe I can learn new things, if I keep trying. I love the flexibility of Pampered Chef. It helped me leave a teaching job to spend more time with my husband. We had six great months before he passed away unexpectedly, on Jan. 1 2017. I baby sit full time, so Pampered Chef is still a part time business. I have been encouraged to increase my number of shows per month!

  11. Loretta Clinton March 12, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

    Shout out to my beautiful friend, Chapreese! You are the best at overcoming challenges, whether it be in your personal life or your Pampered Chef life. You are truly an inspiration!

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