Jess began her career as a headhunter, working with a wide range of charities in the UK. For two years, she volunteered as a mentor with a social enterprise in East London that supports disadvantaged women on their journey to employment. She also spent time working with a charity that focusses on intercepting potential victims of human trafficking before exploitation. Seeing the effects and trauma of exploitation on individuals firsthand, heightened Jess' passion to support survivors through access to skills training and employment. In October 2018, she left her job and trained as a florist to pursue her vision of establishing Strength & Stem.