About Jessica Williams, Founder and CEO
Jessica Williams is the Founder and CEO of On The Rise Solutions, an organization dedicated to empowering professional women, allies and organizations for greater diversity, equity and inclusion.
On the Rise Solutions provides consulting, training, executive coaching and live events to support professional and organizational development.
Jessica holds a B.A. from Wake Forest University in Communications, a Master’s degree in Strategic Communications from The University of Oregon, and is a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach who has logged hundreds of hours coaching professional women leaders. She has been awarded for her work in social change and marketing through The American Marketing Association and Portland Monthly. Jessica has over 17 years experience in the corporate world as a sales, marketing, and operations manager, and is a former adjunct instructor for the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business.
Jessica is on a mission to support the rise of professional women, allies and organizations devoted to diversity, equity and inclusion. She is the mastermind behind the wildly successful Superwoman Summit, an annual event to support women who want to lead others and make a difference. Jessica has interviewed hundreds of women around the world about leadership and equity in the workplace via her podcast, The Superwoman Chronicles. She also has over seven years experience speaking to leaders around the country about leadership and organizational development.
Jessica is on a mission to support the rise of professional women, allies and organizations devoted to diversity, equity and inclusion.
This mission is inspired by her personal journey to leadership from humble beginnings in a working class family in rural North Carolina. In 2003 Jessica graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications from Wake Forest University and drove west to Los Angeles. She started her career working in sales, marketing, and advertising, and then took a couple of years off to travel the west coast on a sailboat.
In 2009, at the height of the recession, Jessica landed in Portland, Oregon flat broke with no job prospects in sight. Over the course of the next six years, she became a certified yoga instructor, graduated with a master’s degree in strategic communications from The University of Oregon, and won several awards for her work as a social change agent, marketer and community builder.
After three years as an Account Director for Mac’s List, a global community of individuals seeking work in the state of Oregon and Prichard Communications, a firm dedicated to supporting nonprofits and foundations, Jessica left to start the On the Rise Solutions. In 2016 she became a certified Martha Beck Life Coach.
Jessica’s 18 years experience in business showed her that a lot needs to be done to support the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion and she felt called to devote her work to this cause. Jessica’s approach to training encourages individuals to be authentic and true to themselves, to tap into their intuition, creativity and curiosity, and to leverage the new world of work to their advantage. She helps organizations better recruit, retain and develop diverse talent.
“If you empower one woman, you empower the world”
Jessica believes putting more diverse individuals in positions of power will help the world solve some of its biggest problems. We need diverse voices, opinions and leadership at the table where important decisions are made.
Her service to this work is personal, and she cares deeply about the mission. Jessica knows in her heart that an empowered individual (whatever his or her race, religion or politics) is the change we so desperately need in the world.
Jessica feels more at home in the Pacific Northwest than anywhere in the world. She works with clients all over the world and lives in Portland, OR.
"I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jessica in both one-on-one coaching, as well as her group programs. Her inspirational and practical approach has totally transformed the way I view my career. I used to think that in order to be successful I had to leave my true self at home. Now, I understand that the only way I can be truly successful is if I bring my career into alignment with my true self. I look forward to continuing to work with her and would recommend working with her to any woman who wants to take the next step in her career."
"Jessica led ChickTech’s three-part Negotiation and Career Development workshop series in January 2016. Her presentations were empowering and informative, inspiring many collectively experienced ‘ah-hah’ moments. Speaking from a deep place of truth she led really fantastic, open, vulnerable discussion amongst the attendees. She eloquently answered their questions about negotiation, networking, and advancing one’s career. Within the course of the three week series, one woman negotiated for a $5k pay raise!"