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Jaemi Moore

Jaemi Moore

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

My name is Jaemi Moore and I am the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Coordinator at Alliant Insurance Services. While our organization has had a focus on DE&I for some time they made a strategic shift to develop a full DE&I department December of 2021. With a year (almost) under our belt we have been focusing on building out our team to create a broader positive impact for our employees. I am primarily focusing on coordinating our initiatives and streamlining our processes.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

I have been an Ellevate member for a few months now and have found that the Roundtable topics are relevant to my professional and personal growth. I am coming out of my shell with more confidence in my abilities while stretching into areas I'm not skilled in to learn more. I believe learning and honing skills is success and Ellevate has me on the right path.

How would you define your professional mission?

I spent over 20 years in working in the insurance industry with a focus on Employee Benefits. I've always had a passion for DE&I and spent my spare time working with and creating a non-profit that helps others. While I continue that work I was please to be offered my current DE&I Coordinator position within my company where I am able to marry my knowledge of insurance with my passion for DE&I. I have a professional mission of gaining more knowledge about corporate DE&I vision, processes and initiatives with an overarching goal of implementing sustainable programs.

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

The adage of "patience is a virtue" isn't lost on me. When being a changemaker it's important to realize that there may be resistance and you will need to lean on and practice your skill of patience.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

When working within Employee Benefits I started from the ground and worked my way up. I learned leadership skills to eventually become our department trainer and team lead. I developed and implemented processes and procedures to execute our work in and efficient and timely manner. Accomplishment can be anything that you do where you feel proud. I stand back and look at where I came and what I built myself up to be and am proud. In shifting roles to DE&I I knew I was stepping into a role of unknowns, however, I know I bring my prior skills and have been able to lay the foundational structure of processes for our team to be successful. We have something to build on as a team which makes me feel accomplished.

What are some career challenges on your radar?

When you shift careers you walk in knowing there is a lot to learn. I'm redefining myself professionally and I want to grow but I'm not sure how and I'm not sure where to start. I define this, along with clarity of my role and duties and the roles of the next level-up position, as my biggest challenge right now.

What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?

We are working on implementing many initiatives in which I am very proud of. While some have not yet launched I know they will be a success when they do. I've done a lot to bond with our many Employee Resource Group leaders and I am extremely proud of the trust I've been able to build with them.

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

I identify as a lesbian within the LGBTQ+ spectrum and focus on safety and awareness of the needs of our LGBTQ+ community, I'm an advocate for affordable housing and volunteer with our local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, I raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association for better Alzheimer's treatment with a hope of there one day being a cure, and I'm passionate about mental health and support both the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Bring Change to Mind (BC2M). These passions are the driver for the work I did with employee benefits and that ultimately led me to my current position as the DE&I Coordinator. I love that I can still use my 20+ years of employee benefits insurance knowledge and bring it in-house to focus on our internal employees.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I wake up every day excited about the job I am doing. I know the initiatives we have bring meaningful and impactful change to our organization and is felt by our employees. I love helping people and it's extremely rewarding to see the positive change we are making so we can be best in class within our industry.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

When my name is brought up I want people to have a positive feeling. I want people to think about the ways I've helped others and know that I am always striving for others to know they belong and are valued.

What is it about your job that makes you feel it’s the right fit for you?

I enjoy connecting with people and getting to a personal level with them. I feel this is needed for the work I do. We must all be open and ready to understand the individual sitting across from us as we all have our own story. Marrying my personal experience with my skill set I know the position I am now as well as any future position I have in the DE&I space is the right fit.

Who are your role models?

As a Christian my first role model is Jesus. The overall message of love is something I remind myself of daily through my prayer and meditation practice. My boss, Aaisha Hamid, is also a role model. She has excelled within the DE&I space and teaches me so much while keeping my professional goals in mind. Last, but definitely not least, is my wife. My wife has had to overcome so much adversity in her life and while knocked down many times she always shows her strength by getting back up, overcoming and moving forward in her personal and professional missions. She is resilient and I am in awe of her every day.

What is your morning ritual?

I love coffee so my morning starts with coffee on the back patio with my dogs. They play while I sip my coffee and catch up on emails and listen to a podcast (my enlightenment and growth time). I open my laptop and begin prioritizing my day.

What is your favorite social media site? Why?

While I am not on social media a ton I do find LinkedIn to be my most favorite site. I love to see the professional work people are doing. It's inspiring to see the positive change people are making in the world.

What would you say your personal superpower is?

All you need is love, right? I love people and human connection. Authentic human connection can be hard to find but is much needed. I feel that being able to harness this is my superpower.

What does success look like to you?

Success, to me, is not defined by a piece of paper on the wall but is rather a feeling. Success can be anything that makes you feel proud. I have had many struggles and obstacles in my life and wasn't able to get a higher level of education so I knew being able to work my way up into a career where I was able to support my son as a single mother was success.

Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?

Work-life balance used to be a problem. I thought you had to work constantly to show your worth and that is what others would notice. I learned that is not the case and the bias of others may inhibit career advancement. I now let my work and passion reflect my ability and I am clear with my boundaries and lift my words so others know that value family and personal time. It's imperative that we have a good work-life balance so our family or friend relationships are taken care of as well as our mental health. Sometime you need to step away to recharge.

What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?

Be brave, show and share your passion and just be yourself. Others will see your light and if they don't then it's not the right fit and that is ok. We can strive for something but not get it and in the end when you are accepted for another position you'll know it's meant for you.

What is the best career advice you ever received?

I was told once to learn as much as I can about everything. The more we learn about others, the world, social issues and ourselves can always help us in the industry we are in. Expand your horizon through knowledge and you will experience yourself and others in a new way which can be brought into your work life and help you excel in your position.

What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?

Hang in there but cherish every moment. Find the balance with between work and life and set boundaries so your employer knows you value your family and at times you'll need to put that first. Being a parent is the most challenging job I have and although my son is now an adult this is one job that never ends.

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