In this episode, Katee and Jackye speak to Jes and Jessica, co-founders of the Rise Journey, a DEI Consultancy. They share their thoughts on a number of DEI related topics.
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Co-Founder and COO
Jes gets sh*t done and has the energy of four people. Her goal is to create fundamental change in people operations. As Co-Founder and COO of The Rise Journey, she operationalizes DEIBA (diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and accessibility) strategies as part of building foundational and sustainable organizational culture. She works to empower inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible workplaces for all employees.
As a no BS kind of person, Jes is focused on hands-on engagement, real world experiences, and communicating successes and struggles in personal and professional realms. Her talks and workshops are engaging, transparent, and relatable, with action-oriented takeaways. Jes has an extensive background working with startups, specifically in international tech and mental health. Her focus areas include: Career development, invisible disability advocacy, imposter syndrome, diversity recruitment and engagement strategies, ERGs, and women in tech.
(Jessica Lambrecht, CEO and Co-Founder can hop on with Jes as well if you are open to two badass guests! Here is her bio. If interested I can send an image of the both of them )
Jessica specializes in organizational strategy for growing companies, focused on the impact of organizational culture. As Founder and CEO of The Rise Journey, she has a passion for creating more engaging, diverse and inclusive workplaces from the ground up. She's worked with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Women’s Global Leadership Initiative, Hearts of Gold, The Children's Defense Fund-NY, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and more. She holds a BS in Management & Entrepreneurship and MA in International Business from the University of Florida and NEOMA Business School (FR), and an Advanced Diploma in Workplace Diversity from NYU.