Acknowledging Clarice, My Mentor

When I heard about Ada Lovelace Day and the opportunity knocked on my door to acknowledge a lady who defies the norms and does a job so well done it warrants an appraisal, I jumped to do it. This women is not a techie, she’s not a powerhouse exec, in fact, she’s not even a Yahoo. She is, however, the reason I am here at Yahoo!. Her name, Clarice Soloway. This woman is my mentor.

My name is Jessica Jeronimus, and I am a Search Data Analyst in Yahoo!'s Search Editorial department. Our group is doing some amazing stuff here. We search the millions of pages out there in the world wide web and collect only the best and most useful information to populate our search pages and make it easier for Yahoo! Search users to find what they’re looking in fewer steps.

For the past 3 years or so, I have been coaching a leadership program at Landmark Education, independent of work, where the mission is to empower people who are taking things on in life professionally, personally, and everywhere in between. As my regional leader, this is what Clarice did for me.

One year ago, I lost my job, ended a serious relationship, and moved out of our apartment. In my mind, it looked more like I had lost everything: the job, the girl, the home. So, when all I could see was my resignation, my excuses, my reasons, and my barriers, Clarice was there to push me through the other side. This is what she does every single day with hundreds of people. Now, their stories may not be as dramatic as mine, but we are all up to different things or dealing with different things, and this women takes it all on.

She listens for your commitment, what you are up to, and what you want in life. For me, she never let me invalidate myself or entertain the conversations that generally stop me. You might even know the conversations I’m talking about. They sound something like, “I can do it later," or "that is impossible, It’s not worth the energy,” or “I don’t even know where to begin."

Clarice is someone who will never give up on you, even when you’ve stopped believing you can keep going. She supports you, empowers you, and pushes you to take on the impossible. Because of this, you get the unpredictable results. Hey, I’m proof. I’m here at Yahoo!, making technology more useful for more people.

Clarice, thank you.

By Jessica Jeronimus, Yahoo! Search