Jessica is the President of Jessica Dumas Coaching and Training, a known facilitator and Indigenous Advisor. She uses her passion and knowledge to help businesses create more diverse and inclusive teams by providing relevant and solution based training that has a focus on understanding the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, specifically number 92, and strategies for Indigenous engagement and employment. She is an energetic and motivated professional who quickly gains the trust of her clients and audience with her warm and engaging personality and professional style.
Jessica’s career started with over 10 years’ experience in a corporate environment before gaining a certificate in Conflict Resolution and Workshop Facilitation and since has become a sought-after speaker in the areas of Women in Business, Leadership and Indigenous Inclusion, and has been featured on NCI FM, CJOB, Now Country, CBC, The Winnipeg Sun, the Winnipeg Free Press, and SAY Magazine to name a few. She has spoken on the TED stage, emceed several of conferences and evening events and has spoken to crowds as large as 1500.
Jessica was recognized for her professional expertise through nomination as a finalist in the CBC’s Top 40 Manitoban’s under 40 for 2015 and a finalist for 2017 Future Leaders of Manitoba. Her volunteer contributions have gained her wide respect within Manitoba. For instance, she served as Chairperson of the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce, she is currently the Incoming Chair for the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, she is a member of the City of Winnipeg Mayor’s Indigenous Advisory Circle, The Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg and The CentrePort Advisor Committee and the Manitoba Museum Board of Governors. She is a powerful role model and advocate for social justice, turning a tragic family experience, the shocking and sudden loss of her brother in 2005, into an opportunity to lead others to overcome challenge and hardship by developing personal strengths, vision and self-confidence and demonstrating her own story of reconciliation.
Jessica is a band member of the Ojibway community, Keeseekowenin First Nation in Manitoba, Treaty 2. She brings with her an awareness on diversity, inclusion and Indigenous history so businesses can gain a deeper understanding on the importance on taking Action and to motivate solutions for the current challenges diverse populations face in Canada. Jessica believes that the best teaching happens through storytelling. When you share stories, you get to know each other, find ways to relate to each other and you start to care for each other, this is how you build community.