Inspired: Emilie Cole & Jill Allen

Women Celebrating Women

The word inspire is defined as the act of filling someone with the urge or ability to do something, and here in Chattanooga, we have no shortage of incredible women who motivate those around them day in and day out.

Whether they intentionally set out to be a role model or random acts of kindness are simply in their DNA, these women are making the world a better place. Read on to learn more about the individuals who encourage others to be the best version of themselves told by those they inspired most.

Jill has become a role model for much of the flow between my work and personal life."

Emilie Cole, Inspired by Jill Allen

About five years ago, Jill Allen and I started working in adjacent lines of business. Over time, I saw her instill order amidst chaos and build something from very little, earning my respect. Eventually, I asked if she would mentor me – she did, and eventually mentorship became friendship.  As we’ve worked together, she has become a role model for much of the flow between my work and personal life. Her ability to blaze her own trail, think outside the box when necessary, bring order, and somehow find peace amidst life’s storms consistently inspires me.  

Balance looks different for all of us and is ever changing – one of the major themes through our conversations has been finding the flow between that which we love – family, cooking, dancing, etc. – and maintaining a high-performance level at demanding jobs (which we’ve both chosen for ourselves – and usually also love). Through it all, I see Jill actively creating the life she wants to live and owning her process, even when it’s messy and uncomfortable. Sometimes life gives us sign posts and sometimes it blesses us with guides – Jill has been just that to me personally, and I routinely see her influence providing the same for others.

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