About INSPIRELLE

About INSPIRELLE

We INSPIRE, CONNECT and EMPOWER women … with a French touch!

Are you a busy, internationally-minded woman who lives in or travels to France? Looking for advice on how to infiltrate French culture and stop feeling like an outsider in your own city? Then INSPIRELLE is for you! Whether you’re looking for advice on relationships, the hottest restaurants and activities in Paris, health and wellness, schools or parenting, INSPIRELLE does the research so you don’t have to!

We were created for women, by women. Everyone on our team has learned first-hand how to navigate the intricacies of life as an expat woman in France, and we’ve created INSPIRELLE to share our insights with you. Whether you’re a single woman, a mother, a career woman or facing retirement, we’ll give you the inside scoop to help you get the best out of your life in Paris!

Our team of talented writers will INSPIRE you through our profiles of dynamic women, and expert insights into French culture and lifestyle.

We’ll CONNECT you to the vast community of internationally-minded women in and around Paris through our social networks and local events.

We’ll EMPOWER you by linking you to personal and professional growth opportunities and sharing different perspectives (from experts, women, men and even teenagers) about all kinds of life experiences… with a French touch!

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Meet Our Founders


Grace Wong-Folliet

Born and educated in Chicago, Grace moved to Hong Kong to get back to her Chinese roots, but who knew she would end up meeting a French husband, having two boys and moving to Paris 16 years later? After a fulfilling career working in media and communications and travelling the world for multinational companies such as Leo Burnett and Turner Broadcasting (CNN and Cartoon Network), motherhood inspired Grace to reinvent herself as an entrepreneur. Since 2009, she’s been multi-tasking as a strategic communications consultant for luxury and media clients and NGOs, a lecturer at INSEEC business school on Global Media, and novelty cake baker. She is also active in the Asian and Anglophone volunteer communities and at her children’s school, and she’s always ready for a glass of champagne.

Nancy Ing Duclos

Nancy first came to France in 1988 to learn French in the hopes of obtaining a foreign post for her budding TV news career. When fate intervened, she quickly dropped out of her immersion classes to learn French the best way—from from her new Parisian boyfriend. She then stunned her Canadian family in Toronto by quitting her job as a reporter/producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to move to Paris. This year, she celebrates 25 years in the French capital with her dashing photographer husband and son, and works actively as a freelance news producer for major television networks. She continues to be fascinated by French attitudes and lifestyle, and never to turn down a new challenge, is learning new skills in the digital world to create INSPIRELLE so she can share her French passions.

Wendy Leyland

After a stint in Washington, DC as a consultant with KPMG, Wendy worked on Wall Street with AIG managing some big numbers in the treasury department. She has an MBA in finance from the NYU Stern School of Business, so finance and operations are her fields of expertise. Wendy jumped off the corporate track after the birth of her two children, eventually moving to Europe 15 years ago for her British-born husband’s career. As a stay-at-home mom, Wendy has continually found satisfaction and stimulation through numerous volunteer activities, including serving as treasurer and president of AAWE, a well-known American women’s non-profit association in Paris. Wendy loves organizing things so she’ll be making sure the INSPIRELLE numbers add up!