Building confidence, connection, and community through conversation and movement.
A native New Englander who’s found a home in Philly, Jess grew up a competitive three-sport athlete in basketball, volleyball, and track & field. She continued her commitment to sport at the collegiate level, competing as a Division-I sprinter for High Point University while majoring in Sport Management, and has since built a career as a Fitness Professional as a certified Run Coach and Personal Trainer.
For the last 10 years, running has become a spiritual practice that has transformed Jessica’s life. What started as a way to cope with her struggling mental health from the traumas of an abusive partnership, turned into creating awareness and space for healing and self-discovery. It is through running that Jess learned how important the connections are between mind, body, spirit. Feeling strong in the body, becomes confidence in our minds, which morphs into self-love and acceptance for the true nature of our soul and spirit.
These knowings have allowed Jess to complete 5 marathons, qualify for the Boston Marathon, complete two, 200-mile ultra-marathons called the Run Across Haiti, raising over $35,000 as a charity runner for varying non-profits, and now aims to teach others about spiritual growth and personal development through her writing, speaking, and podcasting.
Jess uses her experiences as motivation to share #THEWAYASHELIVES - aspiring to inspire through conversation and connection in hopes that anyone around her will discover their own confidence and breakthroughs from their own expressions of movement and community.
On an average day, you can find Jess bopping around Philly leading group classes at Fitler Club, enjoying a morning coffee walk around Rittenhouse Square with her boyfriend and his Italian Mastiff, Zucchini, eating pickles after a run along the Schuylkill, and ranting (usually helpful) things on her Instagram stories.
Thank you for being here - now go chug a glass of water!