Jes Averhart is the founder of Jes & Co. specializing in stakeholder engagement and leadership development. Jes advises executive leadership on growth strategies and talent development.
Her cross-industry corporate engagement includes companies within Research Triangle Park and the American Underground, a Google for Startups Tech Hub (aka, the “Startup Capital of the South” by CNBC). During her tenure, she had the unique opportunity to manage relationships with Google, Fidelity Labs, Wells Fargo, Coastal Credit Union, Lincoln Financial and others. Her time spent immersed in the startup scene also inspired her to co-found Black Wall Street Homecoming, a nonprofit aimed at closing the funding gap for Black and Brown tech founders. Earlier in her career, Jes launched a boutique production and marketing company specializing in providing professional management services for the likes of the Cincinnati Bengals & Cleveland Browns (NFL), Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), the Procter & Gamble Company and Pepsi Cola North America.
Jes is also the creator of 28 Days of Reinvention and host of the Reinvention Road Trip® Podcast. She is a frequently-requested speaker and co-author of Oh, Lords! and 28 Days of Reinvention (Dec. ’21). Originally from Evansport, Ohio, Jes learned the ropes quickly by working in the family’s real estate, auctioneering and appraisal business. After college, she accepted a corporate role with General Electric; but it didn’t take long before she started her own company, making her a 4th generation entrepreneur.
Jes moved to North Carolina in 2005 devoting much of her time to raising her son Tre, serving on various non-profit boards and cheering on The Ohio State Buckeyes.