podcast : Jessie Nelson - identity & inclusion
On this episode, I’m rejoined by one of the funniest people I know, Jessie Nelson. We pick up where we left off (we last recorded 10 months ago) and what’s changed since then.
Jessie shares their work of diversity and inclusion through shifting organizational behaviour. They share what it takes to dismantle and relearn behaviours and habits, and that education is a marathon, not a sprint.
We chat stinky foods, escaping NXIVM and the social constructs of subscribing to gender identity. We dive into emotional labour and avoiding tokenization in social media.
Jessie and I first met while playing beach volleyball. We instantly clicked and I knew there was something special about them based on their joie de vivre... even when we were losing eighteen to five. Oh, and our mutual love for Kristen Wiig.
They've got more facets than a brilliant diamond. And it'd be easy for me to write ten pages on Jessie's life, however they sum it up pretty nicely:
I believe deeply that every experience we have in this life is a gift. I believe that our circumstances hold infinite opportunity and I believe that we always have choice in how we move forward with these circumstances.
My circumstances are that I was born female. My circumstances are that I was born in a body that I didn't identify with and my circumstances are that I was born into a world that was not designed to fit me.
The opportunities I see in these amazing circumstances I call gifts are endless. I was handed the incredible gift of sitting somewhere in the middle of the gender norm. I was given the incredible gift of being a connector and an engager. I was born into incredible privilege as a white, affluent, educated Canadian from a healthy loving family who supports and encourages me every day to be self-expressed, authentic and vulnerable. I was born with the gift of playing host to a set of human qualities that make me uniquely qualified to drive forward in the face of fear. From these circumstances was born my purpose, and I am incredibly excited to live into it fully and completely as I journey through this great life.
So here I am. Exposed, authentic and vulnerable.