Jill Williams is the founder, president, and visionary behind Leap Studios Inc., which brings the positive impacts and life skill lessons of performing arts and dance education to youth. Jill’s energized and enthusiastic approach to serving the community-at-large is founded on the belief that youth activities can improve the participant’s quality of life as well as benefit their citizenship through compassion, altruism, and leadership.
As a recent Calgary Resilient Business Award recipient, Jill shares her knowledge and methods for creating sustainable small business success through professional and personal development, learned from practical experience and her own life experiences lived in - and outside - the dance studio. Jill’s entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen comes from over 30 years of analytical and managerial experience in small, medium and large business in retail, restaurant, manufacturing, workplace design, oil and gas, software, and advertising industries.
For the past seven years, Jill has grown Leap Studios to be an internationally recognized business and contributes her expertise by speaking at industry conferences, serving on the advisory board for Youth Protection Advocates in Dance, and giving back to the community through sponsorship and donations to local school foundations, community groups and sports teams.
In her spare time, Jill enjoys developing her mindfulness practice and will soon complete a two-year certification program in advanced mindfulness studies. Jill’s proudest accomplishment is being parent to her beautiful and witty daughters, Talia and Kaia, along with her equally witty husband and business partner Ryan.
Hear Jill's story as part of the Pivot Point Panel at the Small Business Week Summit on October. 22, 2020, from 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm.