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Community Highlights: Meet Elesha Jacobs of Innovategy™ Solutions

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elesha Jacobs.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I fell in love with technology and computers from the age of 11 years and my passion to learn how the computer works were the driving force behind my success as a corporate IT professional. I left high school with the sole intention to acquire as many certifications in the technology field, and I did so passionately.

Shortly after high school, I attended college to complete my Diploma in Computer Science studies which afforded me the opportunity to land my first job at a computer school. I taught hundreds of students the foundational level of computing, accounting professionals in computerized accounting software and prepared students to become certified computer and networking technicians. During this time, I was studying and acquiring my CompTIA and Microsoft certifications,

Years later, I landed my dream job of building and managing an ICT infrastructure and that journey was difficult because I was advancing in an industry dominated by men. Many of my male counterparts would tease me and even some tried to discourage me from progressing into the networking field.

During these years, I acquired hands-on experience in business management and qualifications but every position I held was in a managerial post and at that time, I did not realize I was preparing to manage my own business one day.

Over the years, those I’ve worked with told me to start a side hustle leveraging my skills but I was not interested, and in 2019 everything changed when I dislocated my knee in the gym and in the process of healing, I realized that staying in corporate was not for me and I had to make a change and Innovategy™ Solutions LLC was birthed.

Coming into full-time entrepreneurship was a leap of faith and I thank God every day for giving me the discipline, vision, and ability to serve other businesses with my unique gifts, skills, and talent.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It’s always a challenge as a black woman in the technology industry and I made up my mind at the age of 18 that I have a love for technology and I deserve to be in this industry despite what my male counterparts said or did. Technology comes naturally to me and in any difficult situation from corporate or entrepreneurship, this passion helps me overcome obstacles with ease.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Innovategy™ Solutions LLC?
Innovategy Solutions™ LLC was founded in 2019 to help business owners leverage the power of technology through strategic planning and IT infrastructure building.

We provide IT strategies and consulting for businesses who need to understand the importance of having an IT infrastructure that safeguards their position in the ever-changing marketplace. Our unique approach to implementing technology into businesses comes from my years of corporate expertise and unique gift of strategic planning that aligns with a company’s goal.

Our vision is to impact, empower and build sustainable corporations. Our mission is to harness the power of technology to build sustainable black small businesses and entrepreneurs.

What does success mean to you?
I define success in different ways. With my clients, the joy I feel when they are leveraging technology to expand their business and focus on their zone of genius. My ability to serve my clients with my gifts and talents so they can be successful.

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