Jamie Adasi is a conscious entrepreneur, director of faith and spirituality at the Mental Health Center of Denver, writer, speaker, and owner of Jamie Adasi Consulting, LLC. As a first-generation Nigerian-American and graduate of Visitation, Jamie's mission is to help people create the lives they desire through her practical and spiritual teachings.
Starting in high school, Jamie began her self-reflective work educating others about multicultural and social justice issues affecting the nation. Yesterday, she spoke at our 17th annual Diversity Day - an event she once helped plan as a student - about how to use Salesian Spirituality as a tool for social justice.
We had the opportunity to get to know Jamie better through a Q&A - and don't forget to check our Instagram Story Highlight on Diversity Day to see her short interview!
- Tell us a little about what you do in your career.
- I help people create the lives that they desire by focusing on practical diversity, spirituality, and leadership teachings. I get to do this via two platforms – through my consulting firm, Jamie Adasi Consulting, LLC, where I speak at regional, national and global conferences on well-being and social justice, and through my role as Faith & Spiritual Inclusiveness Director at the Mental Health Center of Denver. I have had the pleasure of working in various roles – as a healthcare recruiter, counselor, college success coach, director of student leadership programming – at different types of institutions from Georgetown University to an education technology company like 2U, Inc. Given my various roles, I’ve worked with people from all backgrounds, ages, races, abilities, religions, etc., and these experiences have expanded my impact and understanding of people across differences.
- Why are you passionate what you do, and when did you find that you were passionate about helping others in this way?
- I am passionate about what I do first based off my own and my family’s experiences here in the United States. As a first-generation Nigerian-American, I’ve been able to see first hand the experience of immigrants coming to the U.S. to navigate creating their own versions of the “American Dream.” Additionally, my parents taught me early the importance of “business before pleasure” meaning the importance of creating a strong foundation from which I could sustain myself and our future generations here in the U.S. From experiencing discrimination myself to cultivating successes and triumphs, I’m motivated to make a difference via the person I’m becoming every day. I wholeheartedly know that there is power in me showing up fully in all of who I am, and for others to do the same. I first noticed my passion around social justice issues as a freshman at Visitation. Having our school be in the heart of Georgetown and situated so close to DC/world politics, I was exposed to many different issues early on and had many safe places at Visitation to process with fellow classmates and awesome administrators like Mrs. Clay. I then took this passion into college and have continued to pursue it ever since.
- What's a favorite moment from your career journey thus far?
- There have been many favorite moments, especially those written down as visions that have become reality. But, one of my favorites has been launching my own consulting business. I’ve always been inspired by the entrepreneurs in my family, from my parents to my siblings, who have all taken on their own ventures and taught me the importance of failing (or succeeding) forward. Now being able to own my own slice of the pie is inspiring as there is no limit to what I can create and share with the world. Being an entrepreneur feels like everything it means to be a woman of faith, vision and purpose and I get to use these principles every day.
- You just returned to Visitation for Diversity Day to talk about how Salesian Spirituality can be used for social justice. What's the big takeaway that you wanted the girls to walk away with?
- I want the girls to know that social justice work isn’t outside of them – that it is inherent in our ability to connect with and be good to ourselves and other human beings. When some of us think of social justice, we’re thinking of folks on the front lines protesting and advocating for people’s rights. While this part of the work is critical, you can be an accountant, a therapist, a physician, a lawyer, a mother, etc. advocating for others from right where you’re at. Additionally, as women of faith, vision, and purpose, we must be prepared to keep up with the demographic changes that are occurring as we speak. I expect for myself, our alumnae, staff, administrators, faculty, and the students to be those folks at the table helping to ask questions like “who’s missing from the table and what can we do about that?”
- What activities were you involved in at Visitation, and how has it shaped your life today?
- I was fortunate enough to play Varsity Basketball all four years at Visitation which taught me the importance of team work and work ethic. In between basketball seasons, I also kept active on the Cross Country and Track & Field teams. I was also involved with the Black Women’s Society, the SciFi & Automotive Club, and the Kaleidoscope Club. Each of these experiences taught me how to motivate myself, be my own greatest cheerleader, and work with others who were completely different from me. I still love staying active and have connected my prior passions to my passion for helping others create purpose-driven lives where their mental health/well-being is at the core of how they’re showing up for the work they are called to do each day.
- What is your favorite memory from your four years at Visitation?
- This is a hard question, but I’m in between Gold-White and Marshmallow Roast. Being able to participate in the spring Gold-White every year brings back so many amazing memories with my teammates and classmates – so many funny traditions and stories. But, Marshmallow Roast – this was a favorite event of mine that truly showcased what made Visi Visi – our sense of humor and love of competition!
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