Chanda Chambers is a veteran, entrepreneur, welder, mom and a Chattanooga transplant by way of Alabama. She came to Chattanooga in 2012 through her first career in Human Resources. She then met her husband and the two launched their own business together in 2015, Chambers Welding and Fabrication. Chambers Welding & Fabrication, is a full service welding company offering custom fabrication, welding and metal repair for commercial, industrial and residential projects. Their school, Metal Makers, came soon after. The original goal was to offer classes and workshops to help diversify the industry, as well as introduce an element of fun. Today, Metal Makers offer workshops for women, couples, kids, as well as professional development for welders. Chanda has been involved with CWLI since 2015 and is currently a Legacy Leader.
Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico
What does leadership mean to you?
A leader has a vision. Leadership means to empower others to build that vision into reality.
What advice do you have for women aspiring to be leaders in their field?
Your most challenging relationships–be it clients, employees, friends or family–are an invitation for personal growth.
Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Why and how did this person impact your life?
My mother, I learned from her that being a leader was not about me, it was about those who follow me.
What has been your proudest moment in your career?
Starting my own welding school.
What steps do you think members can take to make more of a difference in women’s leadership issues in the local community?
How do you like to spend your free time?
I network with others
What have you gained most from your CWLI membership?
Sisterhood and support
Anything else you’d like to share?
It’s an honor to be in a group with so many amazing women!