We had the good fortune of connecting with Jade Stevens and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jade, what role has risk played in your life or career?
To become a better version of ourselves, you should always take calculated risks. These are moments where you can stretch yourself beyond your comfort zone. I look at risks by asking myself “Am I willing to bet on myself to do everything possible to make that opportunity work?” Ten times out of ten I will. So with that in mind, I am ok with failure as long as I know that I did all that I could to make it work. It shows a sign of progress.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am the managing partner of Pentad Strategies, a communications and public affairs firm. Starting your own business takes a considerable amount of motivation and personal accountability. It’s true for those that say you get what you put in. While I enjoy the work that I do, there are days of self-doubt or worry that something might not work out. When that happens I push myself to stick to the course and not allow fear to become a barrier for me. Along the way, I’ve learned to listen to give myself grace, learn along the way and never give up.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I think the best parts of Los Angeles are viewed from a bicycle. I would recommend riding either along the beach path to Santa Monica Pier to see the coast, ride around city stopping to view all of the amazing Kobe Bryant murals along the way or challenging ourselves to ride up to Griffith Park for the view. We would eat at some of my favorite spots including Earle’s Grill, Post and Beam or Harold and Belle’s or catch a few of my favorite food trucks Bleu Kitchen or Day and Night Cereal. We could also hang out for brunch at the District for live music and amazing vibes right. That’s what’s so great about LA there’s something for everyone.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am what I am today because of my amazing squad that includes my boyfriend, parents, family and business partners. They all help reveal things that I often overlook and give me the pep talk I need to push through tough times. I also really enjoy reading personal business memoirs. One that has stuck with me is “The Fixer” by Bradley Tusk. It gave me a renewed perspective of what happens when the business, politics, and technology worlds collide.