We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeri Royce and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jeri, how do you think about risk?
My thoughts on risk have changed throughout my life and career as I began to realize that taking risks is a part of living life. If you are living, developing, evolving and responding, you are taking risks. I now think about decisions I make every day not in terms of risk but in terms of the consequences. What are the possible consequences of the decisions and choices I make and do I feel equipped to live with or manage the consequences. Some of the most important and life-changing decisions have also seemed the riskiest at the time. However, navigating my way through what followed each decision, strengthened my leadership and resilience.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Being CEO of Esperanca is by far the best job in the world. I have the privilege of leading a team of amazing people who are committed to making the world a better place – one day at a time, one person at a time. The people we serve live with adversity but they are not defined by it, and we help them bridge the gap between where they are and what they need to live healthy and happy lives. We are up to nothing less than health equity for all.

I’ve had a lot of professional experiences, some of them good and some of them quite difficult, but all of them have brought me to this moment where I am committed to demonstrate leadership that has taken shape over the past 30+ years – leadership that empowers those around me, clears the way for them to do their best work, and isn’t afraid to have the hard conversations. And as important, I am committed to lifting others up so they can one day stand in my place when I am no longer there.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would watch the sunset and share a wonderful meal from the patio at El Chorro in Paradise Valley. We would hike South Mountain early in the morning and have lunch in Old Town Scottsdale. And of course, the trip would not be complete without a day trip to Sedona to walk, shop, and take in the beautiful red rocks.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Mom has always had an important influence on my life. I’ve watched her face adversity with grace and strength while not allowing the adversity to lessen the joy of life. She’s taught me to lean in – always giving more than I take and leaving things better than when I got there.

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