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Black Women In Business “Crucible Moments”: What Have You Been Through That Defines You Today?


The definition of “crucible” is “a situation of severe trial, or in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new.”  We can all look back and identify ‘Crucible Moments’ in our lives. Crucible Moments Matter because they have the potential to move us to the next phase and level in our life journey. Jesica Averhart will share a few key crucible moments that have shaped the way she works, navigates her day and interacts with her community.  Join this poignant discussion and share your crucible moments and how they’ve influenced your leadership and career or entrepreneurial trajectory.

About Jes Averhart, Our Session Leader

Jes Averhart

Jesica (Jes) Averhart is the Executive Director of Leadership Triangle a non-profit established to educate and develop leaders that elevate the regional thought-leadership and activate change. Before taking the helm at Leadership Triangle, Jesica served as the Director of Corporate Partnerships for Capitol Broadcasting – working with the American Underground (a world-renowned Google tech hub) and American Tobacco, a nationally acclaimed and world-class destination for everything from business to baseball.

Prior to her work with Leadership Triangle and Capitol Broadcasting, Jes founded a boutique event production company specializing in providing professional event management services for organizations such as the Cincinnati Bengals & Cleveland Browns (NFL), Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), The Procter & Gamble Company, Pepsi Cola North America, Novozymes, Time Warner Cable, NCACDSS, Cisco Systems, Del Monte as well as a growing number of companies based in North C

arolina’s Research Triangle Park.

Jes is active on the Boards of Youth Villages (Chair), Prevent Child Abuse NC (Chair), Nasher Museum Friends Board, Carolina Theatre, United Way of the Triangle and YMCA of Greater Durham.

Originally from Evansport, Ohio, a small village of 200 people located 45 min southwest of Toledo, Jes had the good fortune of working on her grandparents farm while at the same time, learning the ropes in the family’s real estate and appraisal business.  She was the first in her family to accept a corporate role after college by taking a position as a financial analyst at GE Transportation, but it didn’t take long before she started her own company, making her a 4th generation entrepreneur.  Jes moved to North Carolina 11 years ago from Cincinnati, OH and now enjoys living in Downtown Durham – hosting friends for dinner and the occasional fundraiser.   She devotes much of her spare time to serving at New Hope Church, cheering for The Ohio State Buckeyes football team and traveling regionally and internationally. Without question, her greatest gift is her fifteen year-old son who brings her joy, keeps life fun and all things in perspective!

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About The Founder

Ingrid Jones

Ingrid Jones founded the community to create an environment that builds and celebrates the talents and skills of Black women leaders. Her professional experience includes community relations, leadership development, executive coaching, organizational effectiveness and diversity. This combination inspired and is leveraged in Black Women In Business.

Ingrid is the co-host of GEMS: a satellite radio show about women-owned businesses that airs Mondays at 1 pm EST and 12pm Central on Satellite Radio 88.1 The Truth.

This group caters to the professional development needs of Black women leaders-those who work in corporations and nonprofits and those who are entrepreneurs. It is designed to bring together like-minded women who inspire, encourage and compassionately challenge each other to achieve their goals.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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