[008] Love Well, Lead Well with Jessi Vance


Remember the days of growing up and longing to feel a sense of belonging? Jessi Vance does. As the daughter of missionary parents, Jessi was an American living in Uzbekistan where she studied dance and dreamed of becoming a professional dancer. As a non-native, she often felt that she didn’t quite fit in the culture of Uzbekistan. As a young woman living abroad, she felt different than other kids her age in America. Living between two countries magnified her need to feel a sense of identity.

Jessi graduated and left Uzbekistan for New York City but her heart for kids living abroad – and experiencing the same challenges she faced when growing up – inspired her to launch Kaleidoscope, a non-profit that serves the needs of children of diplomats, military personnel and missionaries living abroad.

Today Jessi leads a U.S.-based team and travels the world leading teams of “Kaleiders” who work with “third culture kids” to develop a sense of identity and belonging wherever they are in the world.

In this episode of the Your Purpose is Calling Christian business podcast Jessi talks about:

  • Helping others find identity and belonging
  • Leading teams who feel valued, loved and heard
  • Developing kids into world-changing leaders

Although Jessi’s work is unique, her insights about loving well as a leader provide practical advice that anyone can use to bring kingdom values into the workplace.

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