Jessica Reed 2021 - Joyce Shlesinger Spirit Award Recipient

Meet Jessica Reed. If you know her, you know that nothing keeps her down. If you met her only once, you would have that same takeaway and first impression.

Jessica's dedication and focus gave her the courage to leave an abusive marriage to make a better life for herself and her son.


In her own words: "I am working diligently to break every mold that says I will not find success due to lack of education, that I will earn less and that I will live a life riddled with poverty. No matter how overwhelming life's challenges become, I plan to persevere."

As a single mom, Ms. Reed earned a B.A. degree in six years while holding down a full-time job, raising her son and starting her own business as a virtual secretary.

How is Bettie Brand empowering Jesscia?

With a hand up from the Bettie Brand Mothers' Empowerment Fund,  Jessica will continue her pursuit of a Master's Degree in Business Administration. The extra support will empower her to stay the course, fulfill a promise to herself, realize the fruits of her hard work and ultimately live a life "that is productive, positive, and inspiring."


The purpose of the fund is to “Provide women in need with a hand up, not a hand out, so they may live with dignity and independence”.  



The Bettie Brand Mothers’ Empowerment Fund, Inc., a 501(c)3, does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by the law in any of its activities or operations.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, including but not limited to, our employees, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and community partners

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