Q and A with Jaimie from Schererville, Indiana
“The best thing to do for yourself is to believe in yourself and do what you can to get to where you want to be.”
Q: What are you passionate about?
A: I’m an executive coach and created my business with my twin sister. I’m passionate about helping others and initially thought I would be a therapist; however, after learning about executive leadership coaching, I knew this was the route I wanted to take for my career. I learned about industrial organizational psychology when I was an undergrad at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). I went to get my masters in I/O psychology and found leadership coaching. I didn’t find work immediately after graduate school, so I decided to build my own business in executive coaching.
Q: What were your younger years like?
A: I have a very supportive family, and we’re so very close. I was always taught the importance of education and learning. In high school, I was on a competitive dance team. We competed a lot! We were state and national champions. During that time, I learned a lot about working together and what it takes to meet your goals. It took a lot of discipline.
Q: What is the best/worst thing about being a twin?
A: The best thing about being a twin is always having a best friend there to do things with and sharing clothes. [She laughs.] The worst thing is always being compared to one another.
Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?
A: I’ve learned that not everyone is going to believe in you and what you can do. It was difficult going through school and gaining experience in my field at the same time. I was only ever offered unpaid internships and I couldn’t afford to do that. During school, I had to work full time, so it delayed my career goals since I couldn’t get the right kind of experience. Even with my master’s degree, I wasn’t getting hired, so I took the leap to be a business owner. The best thing to do for yourself is to believe in yourself and do what you can to get to where you want to be. In my case, I built my own business!
Q: What does feminism mean to you?
A: I’m a feminist. It means so much to me, and I wish everyone knew that feminism doesn’t mean women over men. It means we are equal to men. I hope that feminism, one day, doesn’t have a negative connotation to it. Everyone should be a feminist!
MORE ABOUT JAIMIE: Some fun facts about me: I love skydiving! It’s always been a family tradition. I have a cat named Todd who I love so much, but I’ve always had dogs growing up. My all-time favorite TV show is FRIENDS. I can watch it nonstop!
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