Jebeh Edmunds wears many hats: entrepreneur, CEO, teacher, mother, and more. She talks with Ladyboss about why she’s a Google skeptic, why women need to learn to say no more often, and gives a look into what she’ll be discussing at Ladyboss Summit!
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m Jebeh, an energetic storyteller, full of smiles and dance moves. I am an educator. I love all things Multicultural and have shared my passion for educating my students and community for over 20 years. I’m married to my wonderful husband Andy, and we have two sons Maxwell and Mateo, and we live in Duluth, Minnesota.
How did you get involved in your work?
I started my consulting business less than a year ago. I tell people that I’ve been a cultural consultant most of my life. With my unique name, every school year I’d have to explain to my teachers and classmates how I got my name and where Liberia is located. My constant sharing of my cultural heritage with anyone who would listen seemed like the purpose that I was called to do.
What does it mean to be a Ladyboss?
To be a Ladyboss, for me is a status of reflection with gratitude. Being a Ladyboss, reminds me of how far I have come to pave my own way to be the boss that I am. I feel that Ladyboss is empowering to our younger generation of girls that they too can achieve that same title.
You’ll be one of our speakers at Ladyboss Summit this year! Can you give us a sneak peak of what you’ll be talking about on the big day?
I’ll be sharing great strategies of cultural competency and some marketing and branding strategies of how to rethink your diversity and inclusion goals to make more of a positive impact in our communities.
You’re an entrepreneur, elementary school teacher, mother, CEO and founder. How do you balance everything and how do you keep from burning out?
My paper calendar planner. I’m old school and I still don’t trust google LOL. I have a lot of support from my family and I plan a certain amount of hours each day to dedicate to my business. My family is my top priority and I’m always there at my sons’ sporting events and practices. I also learned from my husband that important business task that too many of us entrepreneurs push back to the wayside. Setting up boundaries really holds me accountable to work with my schedule and what ever can be done at a later date, to make it so.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve heard recently?
No more overdelivering your content and undercharging. Charge what is worth your time. I love this advice from a podcast Jerishia Said by Jerishia Hawk.
What do you think women need right now?
Women need to create a “Will-Not-Do” List. Women need to start saying no to things by setting up their boundaries. We need to know our worth, value our time, and protect our peace.