Why I do what I do.

Choice is one of the only things we have, and you can’t make it if you don’t know it’s there. There have been so many times I’ve lost sight of choice, and become deeply stuck in patterns that were holding me back from a happy, fulfilled life. Every time I’ve reconnected to a choice, it’s an opportunity to learn and grow.

My mission in life is to connect people to their lost choices and help them see a more meaningful, resonant future. To pay forward the support and love I’ve had throughout my life and, as Jack Lemmon so memorably said, “send the elevator back down”  to those still working forward.

Resilience Keynote Speaker Jacy "Imilkcowsonskis" Imilkowski

Professional Background

I coach individuals and groups as well as speak internationally at conferences, corporate retreats, and workshops. Curiosity is one of my biggest drivers, combined with a true passion for improving resilience, communication, and happiness for teams and individuals. My industry background and experience is diverse, including:

  • Healthcare
  • IT
  • Customer Service
  • Change Management
  • Insurance
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Massage and bodywork
  • Restaurant and retail management

Prior to starting a business I spent 10 years as a professional trainer and IT project manager on a Fortune 50 Healthcare account. That professional tenure in healthcare, along with 20+ years as a patient with long-term medical needs, has created a deep understanding of the culture, protocols, and challenges faced by health practitioners and organizations in particular.

I have also trained as a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) bodyworker. I deeply respect how our mind-body connection and relationship with our environment also impacts our well being. 

Personal Background

The primary driver in my life is to make the world better by helping others lead happy, fulfilling, meaningful lives. It’s an honor to witness the resourcefulness, courage, and strength people find inside themselves as they overcome the challenges life brings them.

I’m a Midwesterner, gardener, big-time speculative fantasy and fiction nerd, part-time professional artist, and the kind of dog person that knows every woofer at the park, but can’t always remember the people’s names. (“Hey Biscuit! Hey Bobo! Heeeeyyyy… Buscuit and Bobo’s Owner!”) I love learning new skills and new ways to grow as a person and support others to do so as well. 

I’m also a thriving survivor of physical, emotional and sexual abuse and live successfully by engaging in ongoing mental health treatment for PTSD, anxiety, and depression. I’ve also been through a career-ending spinal injury and multi-year recovery  to being able to walk unassisted again. I’ve worked with supportive and compassionate healthcare professionals, as well as been shamed and judged for how I experienced my injuries and illness. While not everyone’s experience is the same, we’ve all experienced trauma. Regardless of the source I understand how profoundly that trauma can impact us personally and professionally. 

In addition, I:

  • Believe access to basic resources, such as physical and mental health care, education, and employment training and support are key to creating communities that truly thrive.
  • Support social justice, particularly as a member of the LGBTQ+ community (my pronouns are she/they). I support legislative and community activities that promote inclusion, safety, and equality for people of all genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, religious beliefs, physical/mental abilities, and socioeconomic status.

Volunteer Organizations:

  • National Speakers Association, Wisconsin (NSA-WI) – Co-Dean of the Speakers Academy
  • Domestic Abuse Intervention Service (DAIS) – Career development training coach
  • Greyhound Pets of America – Foster home and event volunteer

When people work together, amazing results are possible!

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Bring Jacy In Today

Jacy’s skills-based training programs are customizable to your wellness program, Learning & Development strategy, conference, and team-building events. Participants receive tools, skills, and strategies they can apply that same day to cultivate resilience, adaptability, and growth when facing challenges. 

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