Dr. Jacque Colbert is a woman of passion and purpose! She is a dynamic author, certified life/executive coach, and motivational speaker with global experience in business and HR leadership. Her portfolio spans over 20+ years with companies such as The M/A/R/C Group, T-Mobile USA, Dell Inc., and ConocoPhillips. Jacque draws upon her extensive global experience as she coaches men and women to maximize their effectiveness and live their best life NOW!
How do you describe your swagher? What makes Jacque, Jacque?
My Swagher is dynamic but first and foremost, it comes from God. I was made in his image; fearfully and wonderfully woven even while I was in my mother’s woman and as such, I can’t help but walk with confidence and joy each day. The things that make me who I am are truly based upon the rich life experiences that I’ve been blessed to have. My story is that of an immigrant born in South America, migrating to Brooklyn, New York. I’ve had the opportunity to work on wall street at an early age, followed by joining the United States Army, and living overseas.
My experiences have truly shaped my life, even the not so pleasant experiences, such as being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. All of these things have taught me to be grateful for each day, to live now, try with all my might, love deeply, give freely, and live with reckless abandon. These things, combined with the love of my friends and family, make me uniquely me.
What exactly does a Life & Executive Coach offer?
I’m an entrepreneur who happens to also be a life and executive coach. As a coach, my focus is strongly directed toward the well-being of the individual relative to various aspects of their life. Sometimes, the focus may be centered on work as one component of a meaningful life, and when work comes up, it is generally framed in terms of work/life balance. My focus is essentially geared toward the happiness and fulfillment of the individual, and that becomes the yardstick of success.
In personal coaching, the agenda is not mixed with a business agenda because life coaching is all about the individual. For executive coaching, my focus is centered on helping my clients hold the agenda of the business with explicit recognition of the business systems, organizational culture, outward behavior/image as well as those elements internal to the client such as personal values, developmental level and so on.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Dr. Maya Angelou
Tell us a little about “Corporate Sisterhood”
Corporate Sisterhood was born out of my sudden diagnosis with breast cancer in 2008. As a single mother at the time with no other family members in the State of Texas, I was blessed to have three of my work sisters really mobilize the sisterhood of support to help me through a year of chemo and radiation. I was so overwhelmed by their love and support, that I later wrote my doctoral dissertation on the relationships of women in the workplace; Corporate Sisterhood. This book is really about elevating the state of sisterhood. In Corporate Sisterhood, I combine my own story regarding my rise in corporate America with empowering words from other phenomenal women, describing the ways in which women who stick together rise together.
What do you enjoy most about your career?
I enjoy the fact that I don’t have to be one dimensional. There are several things that I love to do, and I’m not afraid to have my hands woven into two or more opportunities. I enjoy helping others realize their full potential, motivating, and inspiring others to action.
I believe that each of us has been gifted with that “thing” that we do best. Sometimes we may fall in and out of it, but I am thankful that coaching, teaching, developing, motivating others in some form have always been some of the things that simply light my heart’s fire. I’m passionate about people and progress!
What is one obstacle you had to overcome and how did you do so?
One obstacle that I have had to overcome is switching from the high-tech industry to oil and gas in a different city. While landing the job was easy, the notion of building a network and gaining exposure in a new organization can be daunting.
What I had to do very quickly was to align myself with the right networking groups in and around Houston and as always, calling on my Corporate Sisterhood and brotherhood network, which allowed me to acculturate faster in the organization and community.
What are two strategies professionals should practice for success?
A couple of strategies that I would share that are important in driving success are: Have grit! Use your leverage, collaborate with others, be fearless, have the right attitude- JDI- Just Do It!
Do you have any upcoming projects that you care to share?
I do have a couple of projects that are in the works, and I’ll be sharing with you very soon. One that I will share with you now is the Corporate Sisterhood tour. More to come soon…