MEN­TOR­ING BRIGHT MINDS

Jes­sica Sarkis has gone from a high school dropout to suc­cess­ful en­tre­pre­neur in just a few years.

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The Hills res­i­dent left home at 17, worked three jobs to pay her way and then gained her HSC at TAFE so that she could study mar­ket­ing at univer­sity. By the age of 25 she had cre­ated and sold two com­pa­nies.

Two years later she is busy with nu­mer­ous en­ter­prises in­clud­ing her new com­pany, Jes­sica Sarkis which is teach­ing peo­ple, through the lessons she has learned, to take con­trol of their own life us­ing their mind. “Every day I am still learn­ing, grow­ing and work­ing to­wards achiev­ing the goals I set for my­self, “she says. Jes­sica is part of a men­tor­ing pro­gram es­tab­lished by Nor­west De­vel­oper Mul­pha to help de­velop the next gen­er­a­tion of busi­ness lead­ers through the Nor­west­Learn ini­tia­tive.

Her men­tor is Hills busi­ness­woman Stephanie Dale, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the DMC Ad­ver­tis­ing Group. Jes­sica says the she is de­lighted with the match. “I have so many ideas, I need to be pulled in line to fo­cus.”

Stephanie Dale says her young mentee has given her so much en­ergy.

“Jess has a very en­tre­pre­neur­ial mind.

“When you have been in busi­ness for 40 years like me you have a risk of be­ing jaded but youth­ful ex­u­ber­ance is like a tonic. “I have al­ways en­joyed men­tor­ing and it’s a real joy men­tor­ing Jess.”

Mul­pha De­vel­op­ments Ex­ec­u­tive Gen­eral Man­ager, Tim Spencer, said: “Fos­ter­ing life­long learn­ing is the key to driv­ing busi­ness in­no­va­tion and cre­at­ing the vi­brant en­tre­pre­neur­ial econ­omy of the fu­ture. ““Nor­west al­ready has the key at­tributes for an in­no­va­tive work­place cul­ture as we have a high pro­por­tion of univer­sity ed­u­cated peo­ple and a grow­ing num­ber of small-to-medium busi­ness start-ups, with over 800 great busi­nesses em­ploy­ing over 30,000 peo­ple.

“If we can har­ness that ex­per­tise and en­ergy, the fu­ture of Nor­west as an eco­nomic hub is very bright in­deed.”

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