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Thank you for stopping by The Leadership Notebook. I hope you’ll find some encouraging, helpful and inspiring articles here.

Everything You’ve Never Wanted to Know About Me

Online personas are so wonderfully frustrating. Readers either get a million details they never wanted or the writer hides behind a ridiculous cloak of mystery in an attempt to elude fame (which would never come calling anyway).

Well, I will do neither. I won’t bore you with details because there really isn’t that much to tell. And I won’t hide (much) because if you’re a good enough stalker, you’ll figure it out anyway.

My name is Jessica Velasco. I’m a thirty-something soccer mom with two boys and no minivan. I’ll tell you that right now because there is a strong probability my kids will factor into my writing. Whether that is from real-life experiences or total sleep deprivation is yet to be determined.

Oh, there is a husband too. He helps reel me back in when the madness gets to be more than I can stand. The sound logic I write about wouldn’t be possible without his mellowing influence.

the fam bam

And You Have the Authority to Write Because…?

Alright. I’ll be serious for a minute. I don’t want you to think it will be all fun and games here. I did start this venture with some sound principles behind it.

I graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Child and Family Services. As part of my training, I studied everything from how children develop to how to run a business based on their needs.

After graduating, I put many of my newly acquired skills to work. And since my studies had covered such a diverse range of topics, I tried many different things.

I was a preschool teacher for several years. Later, I was invited to create a brand new child development center and serve as the director.

Not only did I get the opportunity to provide an outstanding educational experience to those children, I also had the pleasure of launching a very successful startup business.

Shortly after my first startup success, I tried again. My second business involved ecommerce sales—which opened the door to a whole new skill set acquisition. That went like gangbusters too.

In addition to all that, I’ve created and managed several blogs. When I’m not writing on my own sites, I’m spreading my witty repartee across the net via guest blogs.

I Don’t Want Those Skills to be Wasted!

Over the last 14 years, I’ve learned a lot. I don’t want to hoard all that valuable information to myself!

Thus, The Leadership Notebook began. This is my chance to share some of my tips and suggestions; learn from my mistakes. I shed my blood, sweat and tears so you won’t have to!