Episode 32

Embedding Inclusion and Belonging with Jesyka Simpson

About the episode
In this episode of Reimagining Company Culture, we’re chatting with Jesyka Simpson, Founder of 10k Collective. Jesyka finds her purpose in offering community, workshops, and cohort programs for Mid-career Women of Color who want to dissolve the dissonance between their true and work selves so they can live and lead in alignment with their legacy
About the guest
Jesyka is a former HR Exec, Air Force veteran, and Certified Leadership Coach turned Founder. After nearly 20 years in senior HR roles with some of America's most influential brands, including Apple and Panera, Jesyka found herself in her doctor’s office being placed on emergency medical leave. What she would later learn were physical manifestations of burnout, Jesyka was suddenly unable to work for the first time since age 14. During her medical leave, she immersed herself in a wide range of healing modalities. The journey to regain her health ultimately led her to create The Unapologetic Reclamation Experience, a cohort program for BIPOC and women leaders who want to reclaim their wellbeing and take back their tomorrow. A few years later, Jesyka found inspiration in a Maya Angelou quote, “I come as one. I stand as ten thousand,” and left the corporate world to pursue her purpose. She founded 10k Collective, which offers community, workshops, and cohort programs for Mid-career Women of Color who want to dissolve the dissonance between their true and work selves so they can live and lead in alignment with their legacy. Jesyka earned her undergrad in Human Resources from Park University while serving in the Air Force and went on to receive her MBA from Rockhurst University. She has led People and Culture functions in organizations ranging from a few hundred employees to 120,000+. Jesyka also has advanced training and holds certifications in transformational coaching, multiple behavioral and personal values assessments, as well as meditation and mindfulness. Sometimes referred to as the velvet hammer, Jesyka is unwavering in her commitment to coach from a place of compassion while ensuring her clients are seen and heard, valued and validated for exactly who they are. She’s also an avid home cook who can often be found whipping up a new dish while singing and dancing to 90s hip hop and R&B.

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