The mission of the Stand Beside Her Movement resonates with women everywhere. If you are interested in having someone come and speak to your group on topics related to the movement, we highly recommend these amazing women!
Jessica Gendron is President of The Center for Leadership Excellence, an organization focused on advancing women in leadership and helping transform businesses and organizations into great places for women to work. Jessica brings over 15 years of experience in leadership development and coaching, human resource consulting, and business leadership. In her former role as CEO of a young start-up, she had success growing the company, turning it into a family of thriving education, technology, and marketing businesses. As a female AND a CEO, she encountered many of the challenges women face in the workplace and leadership. As a result, Jessica became passionate about helping women overcome challenges, personally advance, and then mentor, advocate for, and support other women along the way.
Jessica is sought out as a speaker, having addressed numerous organizations and business across the country. She has spent most of her career coaching women and individuals to grow and thrive professionally. In addition to her successful business and education experience, Jessica is an award-winning curriculum designer. She’s a mom, a wife, and a fierce advocate for women.
Jessica wants to help you and your group change the conversation around comparison and competition! "There’s a toxic culture among women of comparison and competition," she says. "It starts from a young age and it’s impacting us in every stage of our lives. From a young age, men are socialized to be competitive; they’re put in competitive sports, play tag on the playground, and as a result develop healthy ideas of competition. Women, however, from a young age are nurtured to be collaborative; we craft, play house and dress up, tumble, dance, cheer, and - as a result - competition isn’t socialized in women, the way it is in men. In our adult and professional lives, these societal norms manifest in endless ways in the workplace, mom groups, and volunteer opportunities. It diminishes our confidence, confounds our relationships with other women, and impedes our advancement as women. We have to change the conversation around competition and comparison. We have to unlearn the fear of other women and learn to trust the women around us. We have to learn how to help each other advance and to “carry as we climb”. We have to work every day to create a future where women work with each other to advance, instead of in competition with each other. It’s time to talk about how."
For more information about Jessica and how to engage her for your next event, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 956-4332.