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Stevi Carr is the Founder of Wise Wellness Guild. You can learn more at wisewellnessguild.com.

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Celebrating female leaders who have advanced in their careers because they have integrated work and life through whole-self wellness.

In Part 1 of her story Jill McIntosh, CEO of JVM Ventures and Sr. Consultant of Simpactful Consulting shared her approach to leading though whole-self wellness, investing in herself so she can be strong enough to support others.  She spoke about keeping herself fueled with good-for-you foods like Crunchmaster Crackers and the importance of “lifting other women while she climbs,”  two things we’re big fans of at WISe Wellness Guild.

We have so many questions: how does she do it?  Is she really human? What are her wellness goals? 

Today we get our answers. Jill shares her areas of greatest wellness strength and opportunity and how she plans to strive for progress through the pandemic.

McIntosh’s secret to success? Staying active with those she enjoys spending time with. 

“It has been helpful for me to stay active by integrating my wellness and my social life. My husband is a tennis coach so he loves anything that has to do with a racket” said McIntosh. “We have fun playing squash, paddle and tennis together although I am not much competition for him :)”

And it doesn’t top with her spouse- Jill has found joy in staying active with her daughters as well. “My girls love lacrosse and I coach my youngest daughter’s team – it’s fun sharing the love of the game together! We also did “Girls On the Run” together and now I can’t keep up with her.” 

How does McIntosh stay motivated during the cold weather months? She enjoys running with her “Cold Feet” group at Tri-State Running Company. 

Photo: Jerin McIntosh

Wellness is work, and Jill believes in progress over perfection. “I need to improve in the area of mental/emotional wellness. I would like to foster an ability to reflect and meditate effectively” said McIntosh. “I know meditation can have amazing benefits, clear your thoughts and add balance/perspective- I need to be better about taking the time to do this and focus on mental clarity.” The good news is,  Jill is on the right path.  Note-writing, one of Jill’s hobbies, is a form of meditation. She also loves her Simple Truth Organic™  Nighttime Relaxation Tea to clear her mind for sleep.

We’re inspired by Jill’s leadership and approach to investing in herself so she can support others.  Self-care isn’t selfish and Jill is showing that it is actually the key to success.

To learn more about Jill McIntosh follow her on LinkedIn and explore https://simpactful.com/.

Items featured in this article: Saucony running shoes, Crunchmaster Crackers, Network of Executive Women note cards, Highkey® Mini Cookies, Simple Truth Organic ™ Night Time Relaxation Herbal Tea, Whisps ® Cheese Crisps, goodr®  sunglasses.

Glossary of terms: 

Womxn: noun, plural wom·xn [wim-in] /ˈwɪm ɪn/. a woman (used, especially in intersectional feminism, as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n, and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women)

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Celebrating female leaders who have advanced in their careers because they have integrated work and life through whole-self wellness.

Womxn are leaving the workforce at an alarming rate due to challenges in integrating work and life due to family duties in the home. These challenges aren’t new, but they have been significantly exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. When womxn lead through whole-self wellness, they integrate a healthy lifestyle with their career, and we’ve found a wellness role model in Jill McIntosh, CEO of JVM Ventures and Sr. Consultant of Simpactful Consulting.

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McIntosh has had an incredibly diverse, enjoyable and fulfilling career path- she has followed her passions and taken on new challenges at each step along the way. Jill’s began practicing law as a corporate attorney at several law firms until she landed the role of corporate counsel for one of nation’s largest retailers where she ventured into various impactful leadership roles. McIntosh now serves on boards, both profit and non-profit, and joined Simpactful Consulting where she works with emerging brands in the natural products space. 

What is she most proud of? “Lifting while I have climbed. I have led the Network of Executive Women, Cincinnati for the last 7 years with my executive co-chair Amy Eskoff Garrett (P&G) and our professional volunteers drive the advancement of women in our industry through leadership development, mentoring, and networking” said McIntosh. “I also serve on the boards of Xavier University, William’s College of Business, and ProKids of Hamilton county, court-appointed special advocates for our neglected and abused children.”

Photo: Jerin McIntosh

It is fair to say that Jill McIntosh is a powerhouse. She is a wife, a mother, coach, volunteer, an innovator, a mentor and role model. So, how has she avoided burnout while maintaining her incredibly demanding lifestyle?   Amidst notecards, sun protection and workout gear, you’ll most notably find a mound of healthy snacks in Jill’s “wellness survival bag” (something we ask all of our featured leaders to provide). 

“I never pick up a package now without checking the ingredient statement and the nutrition facts – it’s important to me what I am putting into my body” says McIntosh.  It was when Jill led natural foods merchandising for The Kroger, Co. that she became more educated on food ingredients, nutrition overall and began to think about food differently. “Having clean ingredients free from artificial colors, additives and preservatives was the standard for adding food products into our assortment but it was also about what benefits or attributes it would provide to the consumer.” 

Jill’s favorite snacks are Whisps® Cheese Crisps, Highkey® Mini Cookies and Crunchmaster® Crackers, all gluten-free, good-for-you options.

So what’s next? Jill finds joy in following emerging trends in the better-for-you product space as she finds that most of the meaningful innovation comes from new, upcoming brands. What drives her: working with brand creators in this space. “The people behind these brands are usually pretty cool and fun to work with.”   

In part 2 of this story we’ll share more about Jill’s areas of strengths and opportunity across the 8 pillars of wellness and unpack more of her wellness survival kit.  

To learn more about Jill McIntosh follow her on LinkedIn and explore https://simpactful.com/.

Bag spill content, left to right: WISe Wellness Guild glass waterbottle, Saucony running shoes, Xavier University facemask, Crunchmaster Crackers, Elta MD® Skincare Sunscreen, Network of Executive Women note cards, Highkey® Mini Cookies, Simple Truth Organic ™ Night Time Relaxation Herbal Tea, Whisps ® Cheese Crisps, goodr®  sunglasses, Mariemont lacrosse hat.

Glossary of terms: 

Womxn: noun, plural wom·xn [wim-in] /ˈwɪm ɪn/. a woman (used, especially in intersectional feminism, as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n, and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women)

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