Influential Woman - Jaymee Morris
I've known Jaymee for a while now and was introduced to her through a mutual friend. She's one of the most selfless people I've ever met. She was there for me when I was training for my 70.3, she was there for me when we trained for a half marathon (she did the full), she was there for me when I needed to vent, she was there for me when I was at all stages of pregnancy. She even came over and held baby girl so we could watch a movie and I could get an arm break. She is an amazing mom to her kids, a bad ass in the career world, crushing her sales goals and revamping the business. She is hilarious and always keeps me grounded. She always comes in strong with career advice. I could honestly write an entire blog post on how much of an amazing, working mom, wife and friend she is - but, you'll easily see that below.
...That is why; Jaymee, is this weeks - Most Influential Woman
Name: Jaymee Morris
Profession: Regional Sales Manager, Enterprise Sales, Oracle Marketing Cloud
Quick Background: I’ve been married to my hottie husband for about eight years, and we’ve got two kiddoes we did not plan on having quite so quickly after marriage. They’re 5 & 6 now, and they’re pretty awesome so we’re going to adopt a sibling group out of the foster care system in Georgia. Our family goes to the beach every chance possible, and thankfully the kids love sports as much as we do. We coach the kids’ basketball teams, and I help the hubs with coaching soccer whenever he needs it although I don’t know much about that sport so I’m usually just yelling encouragement & giving high 5s.
I have an amazing job in tech sales where I get to travel and work with some of the best brands in the world, and I work out & play sports (volleyball, basketball, football, & track) whenever I can. I love to cook & volunteer, and we make/serve dinners as a family for the Nicholas House which helps families stay together & become financially responsible through homelessness. I’m also the president of the local library Friends Group, and the president of our HOA. I’m the youngest of 5 kids, and my siblings set some pretty high standards for me.
When I’m not with the family, traveling, cooking, cleaning, volunteering, playing sports, or working, you can find me with a good book.
1. Who has inspired you in life and why? My aunt Patty. She’s incredibly successful, raised three wonderful kids, and works at her strong marriage to my Uncle Tommy. While my mom was an absolutely fantastic stay at home mom who I still can’t figure out how she managed to do all that she did for us five kids, it was great being exposed to my aunt kicking butt in corporate America as well.
2. What is one characteristic a person needs to succeed? Tenacity. If you’re not able to pick yourself up after disappointment/bad news/challenges then you’re not going to go very far.
3. What is always in your purse at all times? License & credit card
4. What is your favorite phrase? I’m proud of you & I love you. I say this to my kids all of the time so they will hopefully not feel the need to question either of those & rebel.
5. What motivates you the most? My faith & family.
6. What was your biggest hurdle you had to overcome? I literally did hurdles in high school, and they were official height, but I’m assuming you mean figuratively. It’s probably being a female in tech sales. There are not a lot of us, and there’s a bunch of stereotypes to overcome… slutty, abrasive, dumb, sleazy, less dedicated, etc… I decided a long time ago no sale was ever worth losing my character so I avoided early temptations to make it big quick, and I think in the long run it’s paid off exponentially.
7. Who do you want to be when you grow up? Without meaning to sound extremely conceited or vain I really like me. It’s been a long process to become who I am, and I think I’m a grown up so hopefully I qualify.
8. If you could meet one person either alive or deceased, who would it be and why? Michelle Obama. I have a gigantic woman crush on her. She’s unbelievably intelligent & witty, obviously an amazing wife & mom, and absolutely crushes at anything she does. Plus she’s the ultimate philanthropist and loves to workout. I’m pretty sure we should be besties.
9. What is your favorite question to ask? Why not?
10. Biggest piece of advice to new moms? It’s not a competition. No one is judging you, and if they are they’re assholes that you should ignore anyways. Let folks help when they offer to do so, and give yourself grace…. Lots of it.
11. Biggest piece of advice to a working mom? Be humble. Realize you cannot do it all without a massive village behind you… my friends & family have saved my butt so many times with after school pickups, etc, if I’m stuck in a meeting, my flight is delayed, or whatever comes up.
12. What is something that most people don’t know about you? My biological mother left me with my aunt & uncle when I was 4, and said she was coming back for me, but never did. I was eventually adopted by my aunt & uncle whom I will be eternally grateful for, but I’ve always had psychological effects of abandonment. As a result, I’m extremely extra as I think I need to do more to make sure people will like/love me. I know this is not normal, and I’m working on it, but the abandonment feeling is quite engrained… the more I experience unconditional love the more the feelings dissipate, but it’s definitely a work in progress.
13. What makes you laugh? My hubs & kids…. Especially when my kids use curse words properly.
14. Is it better to be perfect and late or good and on time? Good & on time – your time is just as important as mine, and I’m not going to disrespect you by wasting any of it.
15. What’s one accomplishment you are most proud of? My kids aren’t assholes, well at least not yet.
16. What’s your favorite song? Wildflowers by Tom Petty
17. What are you passionate about? Not to sound like Ms. America or anything, but making the world a better place. I believe wholeheartedly in the ripple effect where small actions can make big impacts if there are enough of them. Me being kind to those I come in contact with, and being the best I can be for my family & friends are my contributions to world peace.
18. What is your philosophy towards work? Get it done as efficiently as possible, and always do the right thing.
19. How do you define success? Being surrounded by people I love & respect that love & respect me back.
20. What does family mean to you? Absolutely everything.
21. If you were an animated character, who would you be and why? My kids & their friends call me Pocahontas if they’ve seen it or Moana so I guess one of those. Probably because they’re the dark haired, tan Disney characters & nothing to do with personality, but I’ll take it.
22. What worries you, and why? Not being good enough - In any aspect of my life so I work really hard to make sure that doesn’t happen.
23. Would you rather be respected or liked? Respected. Not everyone is going to like you, and that usually has more to do with them than you. Respect has more to do with who you are.
24. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Get it, girl
25. What was your favorite job? Coaching summer volleyball camp senior year in high school. We got to play games all day & I had zero financial responsibility back then. It was pure fun. Plus the boys would come check us out in our spandex during their breaks.