What We Believe

“No woman ever changed history without skirting the rules.”

Deborah Burns, author and co-founder of Skirting the Rules™

We believe you already have everything you need to create your own custom-blend life. We believe in the power of intuitive intelligence. We believe that by balancing the energies inside of each of us, we can find a way around obstacles to reach our goals with less struggle and more heart. We believe that you can find the possible within the impossible.

What We Do

We help you live more holistically and joyfully by showing you how to integrate the four main ways you navigate life and make decisions: body and mind, being and doing.

To guide you on this quest for dynamic balance, you’ll be inspired through storytelling of powerful female disrupters who are succeeding despite challenges that might seem insurmountable.

We’ll share the ‘skirts’ of the 18th century muses who first inspired the creation of Skirting the Rules, as well as those of modern-day mavericks—known as Skirters—to help you skirt the rules in your own life. You can also uncover your customized energy blueprint through the powerful tool we’ve created called the Skirting Compass, which has already helped thousands of people thrive in these uncertain times.

We’re uniquely suited to help you master Skirting the Rules and blaze your own path because we have been doing it our whole lives, spending decades helping others to do the same.

Deborah Burns, women’s media expert and former chief innovation officer of Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. who is now president of client services at The Human Company with a special focus on gender intelligence, has served and mentored women throughout her 25+ year career.

Francis Cholle, founder of The Human Company and author of Intuitive Intelligence and The Intuitive Compass, helps leaders at Fortune 500 companies thrive in disruption and employees become more innovative and successful.

Together, we will help you unlock an authentic life full of possibility, instead of constantly adjusting to, and being limited by, man-made rules.

The Language of Skirting

Skirting the Rules (n):  A new way of being that calls for using intuition to re-balance the four energies we use to navigate life: being and body, and doing and mind. By fully tapping all of our energy sources, we are able to find creative solutions and the possible within the impossible.

Skirt the Rules (v): The art of finding a way around a challenge or difficulty by using your own inner knowing—not undue effort, force, or over-thinking.

Intuitive Intelligence (n): The universal ability to listen within and get in touch with feelings, hunches, and a wealth of information that you would not otherwise become aware of through the logical mind alone.

Skirt (v): There’s the traditional way versus the Skirting the Rules way—life hacks and fluid moves that let you sail around obstacles to accomplish your goals with less struggle—and with a whole lot more heart.

Mini-Skirt (v): A small, practical step you take to make your day run more smoothly, add more fun to your everyday life, or help you discover or accomplish something.

Who We Are

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Contact Us

Want to ask a question? Work with us? Nominate a fellow skirter? Here is how to get in touch:

For skirter nominations and other editorial inquiries, please contact editorial@skirtingtherules.com

For partnership ideas, speaking opportunities, or general questions, please email info@skirtingtherules.com

To reach the founders, please email Deborah Burns and Francis Cholle at founders@skirtingtherules.com

We’d love to hear how you’re Skirting the Rules in your own life! Also find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.