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Jessica Huie is an award winning entrepreneur, founder of Color blind cards and JH Public Relations. With almost two decades in Public Relations and media, Huie is expert on the topic of how to raise your profile and build a personal brand. In recognition of her services to entrepreneurship and contribution to diversity aged just 34, Jessica was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list (June 2014).
Having been invited to the Cabinet Office in June 2014, when asked by the Guardian newspaper what the honour meant Jessica stated, “it is not how far I have come, but the distance I have travelled.”
Jessica became a mother aged just 17 years old and began her adult life in a hostel with just four GCSEs and no sense or purpose.
Having returned to education when her baby daughter was 9 months old, after graduation through her relentless work ethic and resilience Jessica enjoyed a glittering career in media working with some of the world’s biggest names initially under the publicists to Mariah Carey, Simon Cowell and George Michael, before a lunch-break trip to a greeting card store became the catalyst of her entrepreneurial journey.
Inspired by the high-street’s lack of representative multi-cultural greeting cards, following a shopping trip for a card to boost her daughter’s (then aged 7) self-esteem, Color blind Cards was launched in 2006. The award-winning multi-racial greeting card and gift company is credited with having made history as the first company to secure a presence for a black card range in the UK high street (Clinton Cards 2007), with a range which is currently stocked in ASDA stores and department and independent stores around the UK.
Despite Jessica’s achievements in the UK, Color blind Card’s brand presence in Johannesburg, South Africa was particularly poignant due to the political sensitivity in the region following apartheid, and resulted in the South African Times newspaper writing about her achievement. Following a school assembly Skype talk to 600 school children in Johannesburg about her journey, Color blind Cards were sold in the region with 50% of proceeds going back into the school to fund the purchase of tables and chairs for the pupils to eat lunch at.
In 2008 Jessica founded JH Public Relations, a PR agency representing inspiring entrepreneurs and personalities. JHPR’s roster has included Samuel Jackson’s Glittering Stars in Dessert Nights event, Kelly Rowland and former Dragon’s Den star Hilary Devey.
Having redesigned her life through entrepreneurialism, Jessica is passionate about supporting startups and is a champion of social mobility and inclusivity, sitting on the boards of several national charities. As Ambassador and Partner for The British Library, Jessica hosts monthly PR workshops at the historic venue, training small business owners how to raise their profile.
Winner of the Daily Mail’s Enterprising Young Brit award and labelled one of Britain’s Most inspiring entrepreneurs by the Evening Standard, Jessica sits on Glamour Magazine’s Power List as one of the UK’s most influential women whilst being mother to 17 year old Monet and 4 year Jensen. Counting a National Diversity Award amongst Color blind Cards many awards, Jessica has been invited to No. 10 Downing street to advise on encouraging a more enterprising young Britain and is an international speaker on the power of personal brand and profile raising.