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JTHS Alumni Spotlight

1/30/2019, 6 a.m.
Leadership Officer, President LaVada Humphrey Joliet West H.S. Class of 1990 Career & Education At-A-Glance * Lewis University - B.A. ...

Leadership Officer, President LaVada Humphrey Joliet West H.S. Class of 1990 Career & Education At-A-Glance

  • Lewis University - B.A. in Business Administration

  • Certifications in Organizational Development, Assessments, and Personal & Professional Development

  • President & Chief Leadership Officer - PureRising Group, LLC

Joliet West High School Alumna LaVada Humphrey ('90) has exhibited a natural ability to connect with diverse groups of people throughout her education and into her professional career. Her schooling experience began at Lincoln School in Joliet, IL where she received the education and skills to then graduate from Gompers Junior High.

One of Humphrey's favorite things to do at JTHS was support the basketball and football teams. She also valued her education and the life lessons they provided. She recalls a culinary arts teacher who encouraged students to constantly think about their futures and all that they wanted to achieve. After graduating from Joliet West High School in 1990, Humphrey decided to continue her education at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL where she later graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She also received several certifications in organizational development, assessments, and personal and professional development during this time. This is when she knew she wanted to continue on a path of helping others achieve their goals.

LaVada is the Chief Leadership Officer and President of PureRising Group, LLC, which is an organizational leadership training company. Day-to-day, LaVada works directly with executives and mid-level managers to increase their own leadership capabilities, understand their strengths, and provide opportunities to lead more authentically. Her responsibilities include creating content, writing, coaching, consulting, and leading training sessions for their professionals.

LaVada encourages students to never take their youth or education for granted, saying "Every day is a learning opportunity for people to discover more about themselves and others. Life will surely throw you come curve balls but understand that those obstacles are a part of the growing process." When asked what she wishes for current high school students, Humphrey says, "My wish for you is to live well and find your purpose which will lead you to your life's work. Stay in school, think, execute, and dominate."