Jesse Stukenberg, BSN
Lead Facilitator at It Makes Me Happy! ™
‘Nurse’ Jesse is more than the traditional description of a person caring for a person’s physical needs. ‘Nurse’ Jesse is a person who in the broader sense of “nurse,” promotes, trains, fosters and develops new dimensions of life in others, and in the process enhances that life in herself. After focusing too much on ‘checking the boxes;’ achieving socially acceptable goals, (i.e. academic degrees, ideal weight, fashion-savvy, married, kids, dream house) always striving… she woke up. She now views life not as just a process of achieving specific external goals such weight loss or a job titles. She sees a ‘healthy life’ is a wholesome, holistic life, leading others to be aware that wellness is not just about the body, but the whole person, including positive thinking and an expansive view of life, which includes a healthy mind, body and spirit. Now, her ‘job’ is her personal mission or ministry, rather than a project or function or series of actions to be carried out. Her mission is to help people realize their inherent worth and awaken their truest self so they can joyfully achieve.
Jesse has been married to her husband, Ben, for 18 years and they have two daughters (13 and 7 years old). She enjoys reading, writing, running, dance, yoga, skate skiing, water sports, hiking tall mountains (including Mount Kilimanjaro) and traveling. She continuously challenges herself to never lose a sense of curiosity and to never stop growing. Embracing her “messiness” she is authentic and relatable, and stating: “I am the one who goes before, 1 step ahead in the journey.” She is a firm believer that “all learn and all teach” empowering others to share their gifts for the good of all.
Jesse has spent her career coaching and mentoring people various ways, from a fitness trainer [and later, Health and Fitness Director] at the YMCA to a Health and Wellness Nurse Coach and Consultant at a Bellin Health. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Human Biology/Exercise Science and a Bachelors in Nursing. She is a Wellcoaches (ACSM) Health and Wellness Coach trained and brings over 20 years of knowledge of health, wellbeing, disease management and human behavior with her to her public speaking career. Jesse’s passion and authenticity has people feeling inspired and empowered and like long lost friends.
Jesse is the Lead Facilitator at It Makes Me Happy! ™ where she offers corporate keynotes and workshops that offer a fresh perspective and new take on mindfulness, gratitude, and resilience to address thoughts which lead to anxiety and increased stress levels and flip them to improve overall wellbeing and job performance. Nurse Jesse offers ideas in TED Talk-style presentations, “It Makes Me Happy” and “The Secret World of Self,” with skill-building exercises and take-away worksheets to easily apply the concepts within your teams. You can learn more at www.itmakesmehappy.com.