Chloé Valdary

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Chloé Valdary
Chloe Valdary resides in New York City
EducationUniversity of New Orleans
Occupationwriter, entrepreneur
Known forSocial commentary

Chloé Simone Valdary is an American writer and entrepreneur whose company 'Theory of Enchantment' teaches social and emotional learning in schools and diversity and inclusion in companies and government agencies.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Valdary grew up in New Orleans, in a family that belonged to the Seventh-Day Sabbatarian Christian Intercontinental Church of God.[2] In 2015, Valdary graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Orleans, earning a BA in international studies.[3]


Valdary founded a pro-Israel student group, Allies of Israel, while a student at the University of New Orleans.[4][5][6]

Before 2015, she served as a Robert L. Bartley Fellow and Tikvah fellow under journalist and political commentator Bret Stephens at The Wall Street Journal.[7][8]

Valdary has written articles for The New York Times,[9] The Wall Street Journal,[10] and The Atlantic magazine.[11]

She also developed the conflict resolution program called the Theory of Enchantment, based on three main principles, namely (1) we are human beings, not political abstractions; (2) use criticism to uplift and empower, and not to tear down or destroy; and (3) lead with love and compassion.[12]

Social commentary[edit]

  • On the rise of mental health challenges in America: "A study found that one in five college students last year had suicidal thoughts, which is a significant new trend that we’re dealing with in this country. The curriculum [Theory of Enchantment] aims to teach basic life skills relating to knowing oneself and knowing one’s neighbor (or, “The Other”, if you will). The essential idea is that you cannot really navigate the complexity of the world if you don’t understand the complexity of your own self. What that means is being aware of everything that human beings deal with, like insecurities and parental baggage, and all the things that we have to navigate that are part of the human condition..”[2]
  • "Even music is a text of sorts, right? So we can look at lyrics from Jay-Z or from other contemporary artists - even Lil Wayne has certain songs that would be relevant to healthy identity-formation. And so I thought, let’s expand this canon, because what Shakespeare is saying in this piece, I heard in a song by Drake earlier this week. Think of people like W. E. B. Du Bois, who said, “I sit with Shakespeare and he winces not,” or Baldwin, who was very explicit about how the Western canon shaped and informed his ability to write."[1]


  1. ^ a b Valdary, Otis Houston interviews Chloé. "Back into the Fold: An Interview with Chloé Valdary". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  2. ^ a b "Back into the Fold: An interview with Chloé Valdary". LA Review of Books. 12 December 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  3. ^ Lipinski, Jed (May 21, 2015). "UNO to award degrees to more than 900 students at Friday commencement". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Chloé Valdary". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Non-Jewish New Orleans University Sophomore Creates "Allies for Israel"". The Algemeiner. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  6. ^ Marcus, Lori Levanthal (14 January 2013). "African-American student starts Pro-Israel Group in New Orleans". The Jewish Press. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  7. ^ JNS (August 18, 2015). "Documentary on Campus Anti-Semitism Draws Big Crowd Near Chicago". Jewish Business News. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  8. ^ Paresky, Palema (2019-11-09). "Chloé Valdary Disagrees". Psychology Today. Retrieved 2020-07-21.
  9. ^ Valdary, Chloé (2017-08-22). "Opinion | Why I Refuse to Avoid White People". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  10. ^ Valdary, Chloé (July 29, 2015). "An Unwelcome Palestinian Reformer". Wall Street Journal.
  11. ^ Valdary, Chloé (2017-09-28). "There's No Single Explanation for Trump's Election". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
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