Founding Partner & President
Born and educated in Chicago, Grace moved to Hong Kong to discover 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 (home of CNN and Cartoon Network), motherhood inspired Grace to reinvent herself as an entrepreneur.
Since moving to Paris in 2009, she co-founded INSPIRELLE in 2015, lectured on Global Media at INSEEC business school, and dabbled in selling novelty cakes — all while working as an independent communications and events consultant. Grace is also active in the Asian and Anglophone communities, and is always ready for a glass of champagne.
Founding Partner & Editor-in-Chief
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.
Today, she lives with her dashing photographer husband and son in the French capital, and works actively as a freelance news producer for a major television network. She continues to be fascinated by French attitudes and lifestyle, and is constantly learning new skills in the digital world as Editor-in-chief for INSPIRELLE so she can share her diverse passions and support the dynamic international community.
A native of Los Angeles, Elizabeth holds a BA in Film Studies from Wesleyan University and worked for many years in film development before being moving to Paris for love. After stints at Gaumont and the Discovery Channel, and the birth of her two children, she turned to writing and editing full-time.
Elizabeth joined INSPIRELLE in 2016 and writes frequently about art, dance, movies, books and more, preferably with a café crème and some dark chocolate nearby.
Regional Advisor of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators France, Elizabeth is currently at work on her first Young Adult novel. She is represented by Savannah Brooks at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency.
In 2020, Liz coordinated her first INSPIRELLE event on a boat on the Seine in the midst of a downpour and a transit strike. In spite of all this, she packed the room. After that, other events seemed so much easier!
Liz has been in Paris for five years, and has worked as a strategic communications consultant for UNESCO and for an international science communications group, and as a freelancer for a genetics testing company.
Before coming to Paris, she worked for 20 years as scientific writer/editor and as communications director at the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. Originally from Canada, Liz has lived in Japan, California, and France, loves traveling, cooking and eating food from everywhere. In her spare time she loves to bike, run, paddle board, and write bad poetry.
Membership and Partnerships Director
Born and raised on Guam, Pauline pursued a double BA in Sociology and English in Texas where she met a French engineering exchange student. After graduation, she spent two years in Cambodia fulfilling an USAID project on teacher education. She later married the French student and settled for 10 years in Los Angeles, where she completed a MA and PhD at UCLA, and was appointed Executive Director of the Chinese American Museum. Starting a family compelled Pauline to give her two children a French cultural experience, which meant leaving her extended family and community to move to Paris in 2011.
Since moving to Paris, she was the Strategic Partnerships Manager at the American Library in Paris, while also writing on culture, history, and community for INSPIRELLE. She is also Development Chairperson for AAWE, and is keen on building partnerships and connections for the international community in Paris. On off days, you will likely find her in a café with a library book, notebook, and pen.