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A decade after surviving an armed robbery and abduction, Jennifer Lee became the founder of the I Need Blue podcast—a space where survivors feel they belong, are loved, are understood, and feel empowered to share their truth.
She is an advocate, podcast host, speaker, and author. For her dedication to helping other survivors, she was nominated for the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce Hero appreciation week.
And recently, she wrote Why I Survived, a book highlighting four of her lived experiences as a survivor.
Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, Joey, playing dominos, and attending networking events. Besides raising her two sons, her greatest achievement is helping people everywhere know they are stronger than they think.
I Need Blue launched Episode 1: my story of surviving armed robbery and abduction. When the episode achieved 55 downloads in 1 week, I knew I was on to something. So two weeks later, I launched my second episode, talking about the trauma and triggers left behind. This episode also began the partnerships I have with professional resources. Alan P Smith, Licensed Clinical Therapist/Social Work, joined the conversation.
She has also been featured as a guest on other podcasts.
In 2022, I was nominated for the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce Hero appreciation week for my efforts in helping other survivors heal.
I Need Blue podcast features inspiring stories from survivors of trauma.
I Need Blue podcast recognizes the essential need of our first responders.
Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
I married my current husband in 2018. I have 2 boys who are 23 and 25; both Marines. 1 is active and the other reserves; non-active.
Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
I have 20+ years in retail management; from luxury to thrift. In 2015, my first year with Tumi, I had the number 1 outlet in the United States based upon sales growth. After, I moved to Washington State where i was Asst Manager for the worlds second largest Goodwill. Prior to retail, I have 5 years of advertising marketing account management. No matter what I did, what I love most was having an IMPACT.
Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community? Why?
Sandy Michelson – Zonta Club of Melbourne/ Green Gables at Historic Riverview Village/ Chamber events/ABWA. She is everywhere and always smiling, positive and can make you laugh.
Who inspires you to be better? How?
My podcast guests definitely inspire me. Their courage to share comes from their desire to help others. My community inspires me through their support; referring friends to my podcast, business listings on web-site, and making time for one-on-one coffee chats. We make time for what is important, and they definitely make me feel wanted.. .