Jess Pettitt

How doing the best you can with what you have some of the time because it is better than nothing never.

About Jess

Jess Pettitt, MBA, M.Ed., CSP, has always had a foot in two different approaches to her life. Perhaps it is her Texas roots, but she believes to thrive in this world you have to ride two horses at once – one of humility and one of ego.

This is why while hosting and performing stand-up in NYC she also worked as a diversity and inclusion specialist as a day job. She quit her day job after a decade and almost 20 years later still uses humor to deliver actionable content related to everything you ever wanted to know about where leadership and diversity collide but are afraid to ask. Though often referred to as a thought leader, Jess responds that she just makes leaders think.

His three books have received over 650 Amazon reviews and reached #1 Best Seller in 29 paid categories in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia: “Break Out of Boredom: Low-Tech Solutions for Highly Engaging Zoom Events,” “Small List, Big Results: Launch a Successful Offer No Matter the Size of Your Email List,” and “Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences.”

He hosts On the Schmooze podcast and #NoMoreBadZoom Virtual Happy Hours. He is an openly transgender owner of an LGBTBE.

Speaking Topics

Good Enough Now

Conversations That Matter

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4 Reasons

Why I recommend Jess


Jess will casually drop a line so subtle that it often takes the audience a few seconds before you catch how funny it was. I love that.


Make no mistake, Jess will push you out of your comfort zone, but in a way where you can lean into what you need to learn.


Jess is always addressing a hard hitting idea, and will leave you walking away with plenty to think about for days to come.


Jess has a magnetic stage presence that will draw you in and at the same time, a way of making you want to step in, to try on new idea.


I offer a reduced speaking fee or added value when you book this speaker at the same event

I do this for speakers whose topics pair well with my own speaking topics.

Grab your copy of Jess' Book


Good Enough Now

How Doing the Best We Can With What We Have is Better Than Nothing

Good Enough Now is an innovative and practical guide to ridding yourself of self-doubt, self-limiting beliefs, and habitual excuses through:

  • Being true to yourself
  • Building on your strengths
  • Supporting others in their strengths
  • Building better teams
  • Serving others

Read this revolutionary book and discover that you already have what is necessary to begin shifting the paradigm!

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