I have always had a passion for motivating others, and it taught me how to motivate myself in the process. Now, after 25 years of experience in organizational leadership and building the values and influence of workplace culture, I have successfully established and maintained lasting relationships with Fortune 500 companies and multinational organizations. I am an avid believer in leaders with all levels of experience, and I have found my voice in inspiring others as an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, author, and businesswoman.

As the co-founder of Columbia Southern University (CSU) and Senior Vice President and co-owner of Columbia Southern Education Group, I have delved deep into topics ranging from business and leadership to education, presenting to thousands of people via conferences and seminars in the United States and abroad. My story and experiences have paved the way for me to establish Chantell Cooley Ministries, an organization with a mission to inspire others and to bring Christ’s message of hope and healing to a suffering world.

I am wife, a mother of two, and the daughter of a military veteran, and I believe in empowering individuals to reach their ideal level of success by persevering through life’s obstacles.


My passion is to inspire others and to transform workplace culture by equipping individuals to find their identity and purpose in life.


I strive to offer inspirational, proven, and competent leadership that produces workplace advancement solutions by empowering individuals to be successful, effective agents of transformation in their spheres of influence.

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Columbia Southern University is an online university that is based in Orange Beach, Alabama. With current enrollment at 29,000 students, CSU strives to change lives through higher education by enabling students to maximize their professional and personal potential.

CSU offers online degree programs at the associate, bachelor, master, doctoral, and certificate levels in a multitude of areas such as occupational safety and health, fire administration, criminal justice, business administration, human resource management, healthcare administration, and more, including undergraduate and graduate certificate programs to provide focused training in specialized areas for adult learners.

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Waldorf University is a liberal arts school, located centrally in beautiful Forest City, Iowa. For more than 100 years, Waldorf has been the cornerstone for thousands of people, providing the solid foundation for success among students, their families, and the community.

Since its beginning in 1903, Waldorf has been at the forefront of academic innovation, trailblazing a path for future generations. Offering a litany of certificate, associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs (both online and on campus), Waldorf has an opportunity for anyone who wants to improve their life academically, personally, or professionally.