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NAWBO KC September Meeting

Tuesday, September 10 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am • Organized By National Association of Women Business Owners
4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Ste. 350 B, Fairway, KS 66205


Join NAWBO on September 10th to hear the inspring story of Joelsette Hernandez-Jones, and her journey to entrepreneurship.

More about Joelsette:

Joelsette Hernandez-Jones is the CEO and Founder of Pharos Partners, a WBE- and MBE-Certified technology and engineering recruitment firm launched in 2014. Joelsette is on a mission to make a positive impact in her community while growing Pharos Partners. She is a current HEMP (Helzberg Entrepreneurship mentorship Program) mentee, and is strongly motivated to reciprocate the investment her mentors have made into her and her company by making an impact on her local and global community.

From the very start of her corporate career, Joelsette has had an entrepreneurial focus. She built a career managing IT and engineering projects, portfolios, and teams for a diverse set of companies, from IBM and Cerner to Waddell & Reed, Sprint, and American Century Investments. She has led more than 10 engineering teams nationwide and is known for her unique ability to both execute on details and drive multimillion dollar strategic projects to successful completion. This is all while keeping her teams motivated, inspired and engaged. She is a rare talent in her execution, drive and commitment.

Joelsette is also extremely dedicated and committed to her community, especially in her support for women in STEM and women in the Latina community. Joelsette is an activist for the WiSTEMM initiative, and a nonprofit board member for the following organizations: Mainstream Coalition, Kansas City Startup Foundation, Westside Housing Organization, Heartland Chamber Music, 25 Under 25, Johnson County Community College Carlsen Center, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Joelsette is a third generation Kansas Citian, a mother to two sons and two daughters as well as Java, her miniature schnauzer, and Jovi, her Schnoodle. She enjoys spending time with her friends and working towards her family goal to travel to all 50 state capitals with her children. She is also nurturing a new passion as a self-taught artist, creating beautiful portraits of Frida Kahlo.

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Women's Business Center
4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Ste. 350 B
Fairway, KS 66205
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