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WingTapper Tips from Jessica Cox

You don't need arms to fly and soar...just heart and determination"

- Leonardo da Vinci

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What were you like in middle school and high school? What activities were you involved in and did you know what you wanted to be back then?

As a teen, I never felt like I fit in anywhere. Although I was elected to leadership positions in my youth group, I didn't think that meant I was popular, but rather respected. I was a total book worm, and played saxophone in my high school jazz band and marching band. In 8th grade, I discovered a love for writing, when I wrote my first (very) short story: "The Hornet's Sting is Deadly." I wrote for my middle school paper and followed that up with several writing and editing internships in high school. This all paved the path to my career in journalism.

What was the one or two things that have inspired you the most through your life directions and career choices to date? Was it a person, an event, an inner drive?

When I was 29 and feeling stuck in my job as production manager at a publishing house, my husband urged me to start my own public relations/marketing communications company. His encouragement and faith inspired me to go out on a limb and take the risk. It enabled me to apply my skills in meaningful ways.

What are three life lessons that you would like to share with young girls and women looking to thrive in your industry of expertise?​

Well, those are two of my week spots. I'd love to learn from the life lessons of others in this case.

Do you have a life quote you live by?

If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am only for myself, what am I?
And if not now, when?
- Hillel the Elder

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