Women’s History Month: Spotlight on Jessika Poirier Hatchell

Jessika Poirier Hatchell, Partner at Vaco Nashville

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Vaco Nashville wanted to shine a light on some of the phenomenal women in our Vaco family. We hope that by learning more about them, you’ll be as inspired as we are by their empowering spirits.

Q: How have your unique experiences and qualities enabled you to thrive in your role at Vaco?

A: When I came to Vaco, I had no background in the industry. Thankfully, they took a chance on me anyway. Having my own unique, natural market allowed me to expand the typical niche of candidates and clients that we work with. Later, this gave me confidence and courage to think outside the box as we approached new opportunities and special projects. Vaco always encouraged me to embrace my own individuality to not only to grow my business, but to have fun while doing it.

Q: Which core tenet exemplifies your history at Vaco, and why?

A: “Be Entrepreneurial”. It’s rare to have the decision making authority that Vaco allowed me to participate in early on as I built the foundation of my practice. Because they have empowered me, I learned quickly to be responsible with autonomy, and to “think like an owner”. Because I’ve always felt fully part of the whole, I’ve always believed everything I do really matters; not just for me- but for everyone who wears the Vaco Jersey and everyone who is served by us. That idea completely changes my approach from “doing a job” to building a legacy that endures.

Q: How has Vaco empowered you to have the freedom to be successful both professionally and personally?

A: When I started my journey nearly a decade ago, my life was all about growing my business. Vaco provided every tool and opportunity I needed to capture and build all I could. As my personal life transitioned and required more of my focus, Vaco has supported me with the flexibility I need to reach my goals at work and love my life at home. This balance is the golden ticket for me.

Q: There are so many powerful women who influence those around them for years to come. Who is that person for you and why?

A: There is really a large number of women who have inspired me to give and be my best. As the seasons of my life have changed, so have those I look up to and aspire to be like. There are family members, teachers, mentors, community leaders and peers that have influenced and pushed me to be my own version of success. Identifying both the common threads and the outstanding characteristics in the women I most respect has helped me envision what I want my own tapestry of life to look like, and to go for it, unapologetically.

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