We recently sat down for a little Q&A with the ELEVATE 2020 Chair, Jamie Jansen, better known as “the Ringleader” for this year’s vintage-circus theme event.
Q: What’s a typical “day-in-the-life” of Jamie”?
A: I must say I’m a creature of habit. I wake up around 5:30 a.m. each day and get myself in the right headspace. That usually involves reading a daily devotional and thinking through what needs to get done at the office. I’m typically booked in meetings throughout the workday, so when 6:00 p.m. rolls around I like to schedule a happy-hour with co-workers, networking event, volunteer commitment or workout to wind-down.
Q: That’s a packed day! Any side-hustles we should know about?
A: I wish! I’m obsessed with criminal law so sometimes I dream of being a detective, but I haven’t figured out how to monetize it yet. So, no side hustles. I am a regular listener to the Crime Junkie podcast, though!
Q: Favorite go-to happy hour and/or coffee spot?
A: I love Mass Ave, but I also get excited to try out any new restaurant/bar openings in Indy. Those keep me busy! Quills Coffee and Louie’s Wine Dive currently top my “favorites” list.
Q: Are you a pet-person?
A: Absolutely! Get me some fireplace snuggles with my pup, Ralphie and all is right with the world.
Q: You’ve always struck us as someone deeply connected to our community. What activities keep you plugged-in?
Absolutely. I have a personal passion for children and their emotional and physical well-being. I enjoy meeting other like-minded people who care about these things too. I’m a Court Appointed Child Advocate (“CASA”) which has been one of the most impactful experiences I have had in my life. Every single child deserves the opportunity to thrive and have someone in their corner. As a CASA I can provide support to and a voice for children during a time when they need it most. I’m also a member of a YP group with the Public Safety Foundation. We participate in hands-on activities that first responders go through. This has opened my eyes! I have so much appreciation for the men and women who keep our city safe.
Q: Your employer, OneAmerica, has a longstanding relationship with United Way of Central Indiana. How has working at OneAmerica shaped your understanding of the issues facing our community?
One of the reasons I love working at OneAmerica is the philanthropic spirit within our team and the organization’s commitment to community. OneAmerica’s longstanding relationship with United Way has opened my eyes to a multitude of issues facing our Central Indiana families – especially those living in or near poverty. As a part of an internal committee leading our Week of Caring and Giving Campaign, I can connect associates with ways to volunteer, leverage their leadership skills to get involved, or make a financial gift. I’m forever grateful for the opportunity to engage alongside fellow associates to make an impact.
Q: And, I’m guessing this is how you heard about ELEVATE?
A: Yes! I enjoyed my experience on the ELEVATE Host Committee last year so much that I was thrilled to be approached to return in the role of Chair for 2020! I have met some lifelong friends serving on volunteer committees. In addition to ELEVATE being a really cool night out with friends and co-workers, I love the idea of recognizing all the incredibly talented young leaders for their contribution to improving the lives of others. I am proud to live in a city where there’s an event designed by young professionals for young professionals where we can collectively put our time, effort and dollars behind the issues facing struggling families in Central Indiana.
Q: This year we’ve been calling ELEVATE the “Party Under the Big Top” because of the vintage circus theme. What’s your favorite circus act?
A: Loving the theme. I think our attendees are going to be in for a real treat when they see how we make “vintage-circus” come to life on February 29th. When I was little, I dreamed of being a trapeze performer strictly because of the fabulous, flashy outfits.
Q: So, circus peanuts or cotton candy?
A: Popcorn all the way!