About Jessie

Pronouns: She/Her

From being born with a genetic condition requiring over 20 reconstructive surgeries, hair loss at eleven years old, and living for two years on a liquid and soft food diet while undergoing dental procedures so she could have functional teeth for the first time at the age of 30... 

JESSIE
is now a bestselling author, coach, speaker, internationally acclaimed tap dancer and musician, and the CEO of Getting Unlocked, a company aimed at amplifying inclusion, self-love, and acceptance in the world. 


Envisioning a Culture of Inclusion

Envisioning a Culture of Inclusion

When Jessie launched Getting Unlocked in 2017, she imagined it having three main channels of service: Lifestyle Merchandise, Education, and Media & Publishing.

Her first creation was the company's original "I Welcome Your Differences" t-shirt. Equipped with two small loans from family and friends–along with some fierce determination–Jessie purchased her first batch of t-shirts and sold them at festivals in her hometown of Seattle. 

One year later, she transitioned to an online store so she could focus on the next piece of her vision: creating a signature coaching curriculum called Self-Love Unlocked™. Birthed from over a decade of Jessie's inner work, research, and self-discovery, the program teaches folks how to transcend self-criticism to live authentically and freely. 

In 2019, Jessie set out to write her first book, "Getting Unlocked: How to Evolve Yourself Through the Power of Self-Love." She self-published in December of that year and within two days hit #1 Bestseller on Amazon in the Spiritual Growth Self-Help category.

Born into Adversity and Difference

Imagine having 20 surgeries before turning five years old. Being born with a genetic condition called Ectodermal Dysplasia, hospitals and dental clinics were like Jessie's second home. When she wasn't at doctors visits, Jessie was helping out at the family business in their small town just north of Seattle.  

Despite the many challenges she faced in her young life, Jessie never felt sorry for herself. She was very shy and did exceptionally well in school.  Just before entering her teens,  Jessie's hair started falling out and her shyness began morphing into a social anxiety that took years to 
overcome. From the time she was 10 years old, Jessie found self-expression through tap dance. The dance community was her entire world and she felt accepted there. She started working professionally in entertainment at 13 years old.

At the age of 17, Jessie's family lost their business and their home as corporate stores entered the local market and they couldn't adapt quickly enough. Jessie was the first in her family to go to college, attending the University of Washington to study Business and Innovation Management.
Imagine having 20 surgeries before turning five years old. Being born with a genetic condition called Ectodermal Dysplasia, hospitals and dental clinics were like Jessie's second home. When she wasn't at doctors visits, Jessie was helping out at the family business in their small town just north of Seattle.  

Despite the many challenges she faced in her young life, Jessie never felt sorry for herself. She was very shy and did exceptionally well in school.  Just before entering her teens,  Jessie's hair started falling out and her shyness began morphing into a social anxiety that took years to overcome. From the time she was 10 years old, Jessie found self-expression through tap dance. The dance community was her entire world and she felt accepted there. She started working professionally in entertainment at 13 years old.

At the age of 17, Jessie's family lost their business and their home as corporate stores entered the local market and they couldn't adapt quickly enough. Jessie was the first in her family to go to college, attending the University of Washington to study Business and Innovation Management.

Following Her Passion

Jessie taught and performed all through her college years as her sole source of income. It was during this time that her hair loss increased to the point that she started wearing wigs, and she had a round of dental implant surgeries to help correct her genetic dental abnormalities. This was a time of deep personal exploration for Jessie, who was still coming to terms with all of her physical differences. She was eager to emerge from the protective shell she had since outgrown, and was about to take a daring leap into a vastly different way of being...

"What would I dream of doing next if I had absolutely no limitations?"

Traveling Solo Across Six Continents

Post-college, Jessie spent her time teaching and performing in Seattle and around the country. During this time, she was invited to be on faculty at the Melbourne Tap Dance Festival, and this opportunity became the catalyst for her to dream bigger than ever before. What emerged after months of visioning was a global video project called "Music of Humankind," intended to celebrate the beautiful diversity within our shared humanity. 

In service of this mission, Jessie bootstrapped her way across six continents, collaborating with over 100 artists she met in eleven countries. She dreamt that this global project was planting seeds that could blossom as part of her long-term career plan.

Then at 29, Jessie Lost Everything...

Two months after returning from her travels, Jessie faced dental complications from the implants placed a decade prior. She spent the next two years living on a liquid and soft food diet while undergoing jaw reconstruction surgeries. Jessie was devastated that her newly emerging career plans had to be put on hold. She lost most of her income, but was fortunate to have been supported through this time by her friends and family.

While it was a trying two years, Jessie didn't lose her joy or her growth mindset––it was during this time that the concept for Getting Unlocked emerged. (She actually carved the company logo out of a lino-block one day while sitting on her couch healing from the second surgery!) This experience strengthened Jessie's reverence for the preciousness of life.

Isn't it Time to Let Your Hair Down and Be Free?

The dental surgeries went well and Jessie was ready to charge forward, but one nagging sense of restriction was still looming in her mind: She wasn't in complete acceptance of her hair loss yet, but she was so ready to conquer this discomfort once and for all.

Jessie spent 13 years trying to conceal her hair loss and then another 7 years of wearing wigs once it had progressed further. Mustering up the courage to wear wigs was a big step toward acceptance, but it still felt distressing to look at her sparse, shedding hair in the mirror. It was the Summer of 2018 when Jessie shaved her head for the first time. Thinking she'd still wear wigs in public, after the head shaving Jessie felt so happy and free with her new bald look that she hasn't worn them at all!
In the years since, Jessie launched her signature Self-Love Unlocked™ coaching program online along with a Self-Love Coaching Certification Program; she created a sound healing music album with Grammy-Nominated pianist/composer/producer Josh Rawlings; and published her first book.

Jessie uses her life's trials and triumphs to help others break free from social conditioning that confines and from one's own self-limiting beliefs. She inspires people through her commitment to lifelong learning, self-expansion, and a resolve to live in harmony with others and the natural world.
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