Improv and Stand Up Comedian, 500 Hr RYT Yoga Instructor and Laughter Yoga Leader. (Yup, that’s right. She actually teaches people how to laugh!) Professional Motivational Speaker, Reality TV Star, and Former Member of The National Comedy Theatre’s Sunday Company. Our Resident Mom on the team. In charge of all things Mom related and heading up our Business to Consumer Division.
Experienced sales and project manager who now helps adults find mindfulness and healing through PLAY! Jessica earned her stripes in the corporate world early, with managing positions from start-ups in NYC to household names like Myspace. After taking an Improv class in LA she quickly realized the corporate world was not for her (or maybe the corporate world wasn’t ready for her?) Play had to take center stage.
She continued to pursue her joy, which included studying Improv and Stand Up Comedy at Mission Improvable in Los Angeles and The National Comedy Theatre in San Diego. She received her 500 Hr Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through YogaWorks at the Prana Yoga Center in La Jolla, CA and became a certified Laughter Yoga Leader through the International Laughter Yoga University. These contradictory interests lead her to create her own Business: The Funny Yogi. Not Funny ha-ha, more Funny weird. With The Funny Yogi Jessica started teaching her own transformative classes, leading workplay-shops & seminars, and became a popular motivational speaker. Her passion is to help those suffering find relief by connecting & committing to their joy.
She has worked with individuals struggling with mental health issues like anxiety, OCD and Postpartum Mood Disorders. She has helped companies like Google and Microsoft improve their cultures through her original style and mindfulness programs, as well as transformed communities from California to Norway! Skol!
As a former C-level advertising sales exec, Rona is a champion of the inner child! She is a play instigator and creativity coach. She loves to help change individuals as well as corporations to ignite ideas and explode productivity and is a leading expert in play for company employees.
Rona doesn’t believe in work/life balance. Work is part of life! So how do you balance it all? It’s about taking time to make time work for you. And above all, having an attitude of play that makes life an adventure, not a responsibility.
Rona’s first career was in advertising sales, where her last position was as VP of Sales for a national media rep firm. She then changed careers and became a fitness and lifestyle coach for corporations, professional women and businessmen. Add to that, certifications as a creativity coach and her business built itself! Her background includes a degree in Advertising with a minor in Phys. Ed. from Penn State University, along with certifications from various fitness organizations and cooking schools. Her play and creativity prowess was helped along by schools such as University of Minnesota and The State University of New York. Trust us–she knows her stuff!!
As an expert, she’s been a guest on TV and radio shows from San Francisco to New York. Her articles have been featured in Corporate Wellness Magazine, Town and Country Magazine, New York’s Pierless Magazine and more.