Q: Where do you live?
A. San Francisco, California
Q: Tell us about your organization.
A. Empower Work provides immediate, confidential support for tough work situations. Anyone in the U.S. can connect with a trained peer counselor to talk through a work challenge from micro-aggressions to surprise performance reviews. We're on a mission to create workplaces where people are heard, valued, and supported.
Q: What is the one piece of advice you would like to share with other women looking to start an organization?
A. It seems simple, but, "follow the need." Or another way of saying that: find the gap. Whether for-profit, non-profit, B-corps or otherwise, there's no reason to start something unless there's a unique value the organization can bring to solve a problem, provide a service or product, or otherwise fill that gap.
Q: How can WorldWideWomen readers get involved in what you are doing?
A. Empower Work is powered by incredible trained peer counselors. All working professionals who volunteer their time to help people at their most vulnerable work moments. Three things you can do right now:
1. Sign up on our website to be a volunteer!
2. Share Empower Work: Send our text number 510-674-1414 or website to a friend who might need support .
3. Donate: we are generously supported by individuals who care about making workplaces work for everyone. We're able to remain free with no barrier to entry thanks to generous support of people like you!
Q: Who is the greatest female influence in your life?
A. Inspirationally, Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Day-to-day, I'm fortunate to have incredible women in my life from my trail-blazing grandmother who was among the first in our family to go to college in Texas and ran a lamp shop for many years to my mom and a community of mentors, colleagues, and friends who help me navigate life every day.
Q: Please share with us something that you want other women around the world to hear.
A. “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou
I try to remember this when I'm nervous about a public speaking event, when I'm making decisions about management, etc. It really applies to so many moments throughout our lives and careers.
Connect with Jaime and Empower Work through her Linkedin page!