Angie Chaplin

Social Entrepreneurship: Where a Servant Heart Meets a Business Mind

Starting a business in 2020 seemed like the right – and only – thing for Angie Chaplin to do. Newly sober, relocating to a new community in the middle of a pandemic when businesses weren’t hiring, and needing a strong social support system, she didn’t have many options. Relying on decades of leadership expertise, a background in strategic marketing, and previous work as a social media manager, Angie launched Mindful Leadership, a small business specializing in leadership development. Self-doubt grew as Angie’s values conflicted with recommended sales tactics that felt manipulative compared to her organic relationship-driven approach. Challenging the thought that she was doing entrepreneurship wrong, Angie realized she was doing the wrong type of entrepreneurship. In October 2023, an idea that originated 20 years earlier reemerged as Brave Leadership, a nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to unlock leadership potential within health and human services organizations.

Date + Time: Thursday @ 1:00p – 1:45p

Venue: Geonetric Building – Foundry


Speaker, consultant, and author Angie Chaplin is the founder of Mindful Leadership, a woman-owned small business based in Iowa City. With a background spanning 30 years of expertise from communication to organizational development, Angie’s mastery of personal empowerment in leadership and mindfulness has earned esteemed recognition in Iowa and beyond, most recently as a nominee for an Iowa Character Award. As a survivor of life-threatening alcohol use disorder, Angie’s courageous journey epitomizes her values of integrity, curiosity, clarity, connection, and love. She serves as a beacon of authenticity for many, emphasizing the importance of alignment between professed values and practiced behaviors. Academically grounded in research-based programs, Angie’s educational foundation is rooted in a master’s degree from Seton Hall University, and a bachelor’s from Buena Vista University.