Jovian's naturally exuberant personality creates a presence that precedes her. Originally from North Carolina, Jovian was raised by parents that assisted with the integration of schools. Therefore, the importance of higher education and maintaining a social justice mind-set, was instilled at an early age. Upon leaving NC to further her education, Jovian nurtured her knack in the area of skill development. During a brief stint in Washington, DC, she realized that a career in senior management had become a passion. Shadowing in the trailblazing footsteps of her parents, Jovian transformed her love of coaching and public speaking into a fulfilling profession. Now a managing director at Teach for America, and founder of Jovian Zayne, LLC, she assists others in determining their career paths and learning how to connect their purpose to their impact.
The best advice you were ever given?
-My father has been supportive far beyond words. His memories of me as a child keep me motivated. Hearing stories of how I would swing on the swings with no hands, fall off into the dust, and get right back up to do it again, without fear, are constant reminders to remain resilient!
-I live by the infamous Maya Angelou quote: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
What have you learned from failing?
To have faith and trust the experience. When one door closes, it could be another window that opens, or that you’re supposed to turn around and see who’s around you. You should remain calm and look for new possibilities in the midst of failure. Failure doesn't equate to finality.
How do you feel you have evolved during your career?
I’ve become more confident in my distinct skill set and how it connects to my purpose. This realization has given me energy and a sense of how to prioritize my efforts and impact. Earlier on in my career I had less clarity and lived on "accident" rather than on purpose.
What constitutes success?
I can define what success looks like at any given time. The moment I let someone define it for me, I’m not being true to myself. I'm living within others' limitations. “Success to me, looks like living on purpose”.
What are some of your favorite books?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Madela
Social Animals by David Brooks
What song(s) do you listen when you need inspiration?
Carolina Liar - "Show me what I'm looking for”
B. Reith ft. PJ Morton "For once in my life”
Roman GianArthur - “Canopy”