“…Through her poise and ability to humanize her story, she told a story of always wanting to make the world better for at least one person. I think it is fair to say she has impacted and helped hundreds of people…”
I had the privilege of first hearing Jess speak this summer at an event hosted by Jami Young. However, this was not the first time I had met her.
More than 10 years ago when I was first a customer of Just For You Day Spa, Jess was a loyal employee. Her professionalism and passion were palpable then.
When Jess spoke this summer, she shared her story and her journey to success. She spoke with pride and admiration for her father. She eloquently described leaving her family home at 15 and venturing for the city, determined to make herself a life. She never used her storied past as an excuse to give up, nor did she use it as a “take no prisoners” approach to success.
Through her poise and ability to humanize her story, she told a story of always wanting to make the world better for at least one person. I think it is fair to say she has impacted and helped hundreds of people.
As a daughter whose father is also afflicted with addiction, I felt her love for her dad- he was, is and always will be her true north.
As a mother who has struggled with addiction after the births of my children, she reaffirmed what I know to be true about myself- I am not a bad person. With her ability to see through struggle and bad decisions, she has the ability to hold space for pain and sorrow so naturally.
To have heard her bring voice to pain and hard work was beyond inspiring.
Knowing she gives back more to the community than she receives from her many entrepreneurial ventures, she will leave a legacy for many generations to come, but more importantly for the father she lost.
Never would I have guessed she struggled many years ago to work, pay bills and finish high school on her own. Her grace, beauty and kindness so many years ago as an employee were welcoming. Knowing what I do now, her bravery and determination are awe inspiring.
We are a better city for the gifts she gives to our communities. I will always listen when she speaks and look forward to being a part of her future.
With Courage, Kindness and Compassion,