Women & Business October 2016: Jayne H. Huston
Huston is Vice President and Business Coach for ThistleSea Business Development.
Women Presidents’ Organization, Greensburg and Harrisburg, PA chapters
When small businesses struggle with sales, leadership development, strategic planning and other challenges, they turn to Jayne H. Huston.
As vice president of ThistleSea Business Development and a Licensed Professional Business Coach, Huston helps grow businesses through coaching, mentoring and consulting services.
“Being a business coach and peer learning facilitator requires many qualities beyond experience and expertise including empathy, patience and persistence,” says Huston. “As a coach, I ask the hard questions, provide guidance and resources and hold my clients accountable to achieve the goals they have set for their businesses.”
Huston focuses her skill set on helping women entrepreneurs. For more than 10 years, Huston worked with Seton Hill University’s E-Magnify women’s business center, which offered business counseling, education, training and mentoring. She considers her work with E-Magnify one of her greatest career accomplishments.
“The Center’s passionate team changed lives for many women entrepreneurs in the Western PA region. It was there that I rekindled my love for small business and discovered a career assisting women entrepreneurs that forever changed my life.”
Today, she continues to support women entrepreneurs as chair of the Greensburg and Harrisburg chapters of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), a global resource for privately held, multimillion-dollar women-led companies. Huston organizes and facilitates chapter meetings and roundtable discussions to “bring out the genius of the group.”
Huston’s work has earned her numerous accolades, including the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Business Women First Award in 2013. In the future, Huston hopes to launch and lead an additional WPO chapter for the south-central PA region and plans to take on additional coaching clients.
“I’m looking forward to having more opportunities to mentor young women to reach their full potential and assist other organizations in helping women to start and grow successful companies,” she says.
The piece of advice she shares most often? Take risks.
“Find a great mentor and a role model who will help you push your comfort zone to do more and be the best you can be,” she says. “Don’t be afraid to stand up and stand out.”