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Meet Trailblazer Jada Dixon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jada Dixon.

Jada, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Ten years ago, or maybe twelve, I had strong feelings that coaching was the right step for me professionally. The entrepreneurial spirit was embedded in me by my parents who owned their own commercial construction business and I had a strong desire and passion to empower others to be their best selves. Therefore, I identified a course of action.

However, as a single parent at the time, it felt financially unobtainable, so I decided to just take the first course and have faith that the rest would follow. After an intensive training weekend and inspirational words from one of the lead coaches who said, you should be teaching this course. I was affirmed that this was the right direction for me. Motivated, I returned home and decided the best way to take the next courses was to offer a series of workshops specific to women entitled, Authentic Me. I designed the content, the brochure, and created a marketing campaign. I was so proud of myself and I just knew participants would leave feeling empowered. I priced it in a way that would allow me to take the next coaching courses. One person signed up. I was devastated, hurt, and very disappointed, and put the idea of creating my own coaching practice on the back burner.

In 2018, I finally became a certified professional coach. In the six years prior, I worked with all levels of leadership within a corporate environment, helping individuals identify and strengthen their influence, enhance their communication skills, and introduce clarity and self-motivation in order to bring their best selves to every aspect of their lives. I was doing what I had wanted to do for a long time, but only for corporations, not for my own business.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No, it actually hasn’t been smooth, but rather like most endeavors, although it’s still early, it’s a journey with highs and lows and some ups and some downs. The ups have been obtaining my coaching certification while working a full-time job and maintaining my creative career as an actor, director, and teaching artist. When I finished my certification, I dove into creating my website and sharing the good news with others. I think I believed that if I built it, they would come. They did not. That was a downer. A struggle has been my ability to maintain a full-time job, build a significant client base, keep my artistic career active, all while continuing to be a great wife and mother. I continue to take one small step at a time. My goal is to move into a full-time coaching practice, so each week, I identify a baby step that I can take to keep me focused on my long-term desired goal. This keeps me excited and forward focused.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a confident, passionate coach who empowers others to be their best selves. I possess a strong ability to connect with others and bring out the best in them. In my coaching practice, I do this through a client-focused design that illuminates the uniqueness of everyone’s values, skills, and capabilities. I also provide insight, tools, and strategies to help create a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle for them. What sets me apart is that my abilities as a gifted theatre professional allow me to bring a creative eye to the coaching partnership that illumines strengths and opportunities with individuals and engage them in a manor that brings out their inner abilities, as the lead stakeholder in their self-determined change and action, to make significant progress in the areas of health and wellness and executive and personal coaching.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
As women, we can be our own barrier, often our worst critic. I think it important that women believe in themselves and give themselves permission to shine their own light as bright as they want it to be. Give yourself permission to not always get it right, and sometimes, to fail. Know that failing isn’t a failure, but rather a step toward success. Know and accept that there is learning and insight in every step. Understand that sometimes, you will be surprised at what you can accomplish, often, more than you even believed possible. Additionally, surround yourself with people who believe in you, who will support you, and be your cheerleaders. And it is ok, to take off the superwoman cape.

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Eric Webber (picture w/orange shirt), Brian Landis-Folkins (brick background)

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