Jesset Sidore ’87 has been in the Human Resources or “people space” for more than 30 years. A certified leadership coach, she helps clients set goals that they want to achieve but haven’t quite been able to reach.
HR has evolved as a career since she started in the field. Her sector centers on being a strategic business partner with the clients, which allows her to incorporate coaching into her practice. “I love this business partner space because you add value to the client by understanding the people dynamics and helping them plan for the future,” she said. Now as the Sr. Director of People at BridgeBio, she’s able to bring her experience and understanding to her role as a coach and partner.
“In this role I play, we end up talking about life. Of course, we do—in executive leadership, in that practice, you can’t separate your work from your life,” Jesset explained. “For me coaching is not looking at the past. Coaching, my coaching, looks at today and looking forward. It’s about being intentional in your goals so that you can meet them and what you need to do to achieve them.”
The future she sees allows women, particularly diverse women, at the front. “It is so funny it does go back to Carondelet,” Jesset explained referencing the school’s commitment to women of heart, faith, courage, and excellence. “I want to see women places where we haven’t been.”
In particular, she finds purpose when coaching diverse women. She describes it as a part of her practice. “There are a lot of women like me who didn’t have a voice and who are trying to create a presence. That is why it is so important to represent these voices,” she said. “It’s having the courage to be ready to roll up your sleeves and be ready to do something about it.”
Though she didn’t realize it at the time, Jesset actually echoed part of a prayer by Carondelet’s founders, the CSJ Sisters, Portrait of a Daughter of St. Joseph: “Eyes open, ears attentive, spirit alert… sleeves rolled up for ministry.” Her values, and her ministry, play out in the work she does every day, and she is ready to continue spreading this message and believing in the strength of sisterhood that started right here at Carondelet.