“I’m following my dream and doing what I am most passionate about. I have always viewed the world through creative eyes, and the work that I do is an extension of that energy.” Jessica Watson, born in Washington DC and a graduate of McDaniel College, is a successful entrepreneur who now travels all over the country to track design trends and new ideas that instantly influence her work with her business.
Watson is the CEO/Creative Director of JWatson Creative, a creative design and consulting studio focused on delivering high quality branding, websites, and marketing pieces that produce results. The business will celebrate 3 years in April 2013. She is also a manager for BâMore Creatives, a networking and support group for women in the creative profession. Through the team she manages for B’More Creatives, the group hosts several unique networking events, seminars, and within the past year piloted a mentor program. In 2009 and 2010, she the driving force behind the âA Day in the Lifeâ Baltimore Design Conference, which welcomed nationally renowned and industry recognized speakers into Baltimore to lecture on trending topics in design. The design conference attracted creative students and professional from up and down the east coast (including Georgia, Washington DC, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland).
In 2012 she co-founded Sizeable Spaces, a co-working space that was located in Historic Federal Hill (Baltimore), offering affordable office solutions for entrepreneurs and like-minded business professionals. Although the original founders of Sizeable Spaces have since moved on, this space helped to create awareness of the need for shared offices in Baltimore, and has been followed by other spaces such as Betamore and 716Broadway.
In 2011 she was recognized with the Spirited Woman Rising Award by MyCity4Her.com and the Red Cross of Central Maryland, and was also named one of Baltimoreâs Finest 35 Under 35 by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In 2012 she was featured in the Baltimore Business Journal.
Jessica volunteers with The Tyanna Foundation and continuously seeks opportunities to foster growth and collaboration, as well as rejuvenate the creative spirit that thrives in Baltimore. In her spare time youâll find her en route to her next adventure, heading out to the nearest trail or kayaking down a winding river.
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