Jesse Hendrix, a graduate of Eastern Washington University and Columbia University, has a proven track record of high stakes leadership and talent development. He has led teams as an elite collegiate and professional athlete, as well as teams in the higher education sector. His diverse experience and background equips him with the real-world skills and knowledge to share with those he works with.
In addition to joining the TakeRoot team, Jesse serves as the Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs at Rice University. At Rice, Jesse advises cohorts of students in leadership, teaches leadership courses, and facilitates development workshops and programs around creating positive change. Jesse enjoys challenging students to achieve their highest professional aspirations, providing them with resources and opportunities to attain their goals.
Prior to working at Rice, Jesse was the Director of Enrichment Services and Student Development at Columbia University in New York City. While working to equip the next generation of professionals and leaders at Columbia, he was part of a research team that tested innovative methods of measuring educational quality across institutions and assessing student learning.
Jesse contributes a uniquely valuable perspective to the TakeRoot team as a former captain of his division I football team, and across 3 different professional leagues (NFL, AFL, CFL), helping to lead both his AFL and CFL teams to the National Championship game. More importantly, this experience has endowed him with the understanding of navigating change, career transition, and how to discover, clarify, and align priorities for moving forward confidently. Jesse is an ICF certified and board certified coach.