Female Disruptors: Xochitl de Groot Ivory of SoChill On The Three Things You Need To Shake Up Your Industry

Authority Magazine Editorial Staff
Authority Magazine
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8 min readMay 14, 2021


A unique offering that SoChill.io™ is launching this May during Mental Health Awareness Month is Power Chill : the world’s first 15-minute “HIIT for the mind” customized around specific high stakes moments such as an investor pitch, managing conflict, or one that requires extreme focus.

As a part of our series about women who are shaking things up in their industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Xochitl de Groot Ivory.

Xochitl de Groot Ivory is the Founder and CEO of SoChill.io™. She’s an executive mindfulness coach with over 15+ years of experience. Throughout her career, Xochitl (pronounced so-chill) has led international mindfulness programs for large banks, luxury hotels, business schools, lawyers, and technology startups.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Before we dig in, our readers would like to get to know you a bit more. Can you tell us a bit about your “backstory”? What led you to this particular career path?

Some people say that “you are who you surround yourself with” and I’m no exception. I grew up in the Netherlands, about 20 miles outside of Amsterdam, as the daughter of a very down-to-earth Dutch father and an extremely mindful and meditative Latin mother. At age 7, my mom introduced me to personal development techniques, including meditation and mindfulness. Although they were very different, my parents made a great team and used to say: ‘’we’re on a different radio station but the same wavelength’’. I became a true mix of them both: mindful with business acumen.

My early teens were tough. I was rebellious, got into fights, and skipped school often. At some point, I didn’t know how to be myself anymore. My high school was a jungle (and so was my mind: incredibly noisy). I definitely wasn’t meditating at that time (I’m too cool for this mom…Sure).

I remember looking into a mirror one day and wondered if I had already lost myself, and what I was trying to prove.