Meet Our Professional Homegirl of the Week: Keisha Jeremie

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1. Social Handles (personal and business)

Business: @sanaiaapplesauce  

Personal @jenellehere

2. What do you do?

I am the Founder and CEO of Sanaia, a line of island-inspired applesauces made for the millions of adults who LOVE applesauce. I am also the CHRO of a global Fortune 500 company. 

3. What motivates you?

I’m motivated by that exhilarating feeling of seeing my little baby ideas become living breathing things in the world that people love. Whether I’m designing a product to help a business leader hire and retain top talent, or experimenting with flavors in the kitchen that turn into the  most epic flavor -Gingerbread Maple applesauce, I just keep going until I know that I’ve developed something that has he “wow” factor. 

4. How do you balance with your career, side hustles, and your social life?

I wouldn’t describe my life right now as balanced in the traditional sense. I think about balance achieving balance over the course of one’s life versus balance in each day.   

So right now,  I am clear about what matters to me most in this life chapter - maintaining an excellent track record at my day job, growing Sanaia to become the billion dollar brand that I believe it will be, and staying loved up my husband. 

Those are my priorities right now and those are the places that are getting all of me. So exercise - no, hanging out with my homegirls - no, there are lots of things that I enjoy that I have to say no to because there is only a finite amount of time in each day. 

But if I think about the life chapter that preceded this one, and the chapter I envision for myself after this one , I know that overall I have lived a balanced life.  And I’m ok with that. 

5. What does Professional Homegirl mean to you?

My Instagram post on New Year’s Eve said that I was grounded and prepared to ascend - or something that sounded as profound as that ;-). That’s what comes to mind when I think of Professional Homegirl. Someone who is grounded in all the things that are authentically her - how she dresses, speaks, engages with the world - and yet with everything fiber of her being she is ascending to that place that her talents and drive will take her. 

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6.What advice would you give to young women that want to pursue their dreams?

1) write them down - to write something down is to allow it to take up prominent space in your consciousness. Writing it down says to your brain, “this is more than a day dream”. Write it down some place special and visible to you throughout your day.

2) activate your network around your dream - keeping it private  deprives your dream of the oxygen it needs to come to life. Open up, talk it through, ask for help, and let the creative energy of others enable it to take shape. Think about your dream as a garden of gorgeous flowers waiting to bloom. Every single do something to nurture your garden so that one day you come home to rows and rows of  brilliant colors that have come to life.