As a professional speaker, her expertise earned her the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association. A designation held by fewer than 800 people world-wide. As a facilitator, she provides the framework for open, welcoming, and productive conversation. Whether she provides a motivational keynote, an in-depth workshop, facilitates group interaction, or frames an entire conference as emcee, Jessica brings humor, a high level understanding of adult learning, and an ability to engage participants and encourage them to engage with each other. Participants walk away focused and confident in their role to make change now.
By moving the discussion away from daily squabbles or task oriented challenges, to a larger vision of what is possible and how best to engage people of diverse experiences, Jessica provides the context to evaluate the situation now and move forward successfully to what could be.
For more than a decade, Jessica has been educating college and university staff members to support and guide diverse students to success. Her social justice and diversity curricula are used nationwide. This background uniquely qualifies her to educate employers on building welcoming, productive, and innovative teams. The ability to communicate, listen, learn, take responsibility, acquire and retain talent and resources will lead to and maintain a welcoming, and dare we say, fun workplace environment. This has a direct impact on your bottom line NOW.
This episode is a lot of things – smart, funny, thought-provoking and the last Dana podcast ever why didn’t anyone tell me agh! – but it is hardly a debate. Guest Jessica Pettitt would say that it’s good enough as a debate as the end result was an amazing conversation between two brilliant ladies who got their points across. Never mind they keep agreeing with each other on every topic. Just sit back and enjoy the wonderful ride that is this last podcast episode. And thanks, Dana, for two wonderful years of episodes! I can’t wait to see your next evolution 🙂