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Jeanne Masseth, of Mandan, holds two certifications in Human Resources (SPHR and SHRM-SCP) and founded Legacy Talent Development in July 2014, helping companies grow their leadership pipeline. Her specialties are delivering high-impact mentoring programs and facilitating leadership think tanks in the workplace. Jeanne is married and the mother of two incredible children, Carson and Emma. 

What inspired you to start your business? Prior to launching Legacy Talent Development, Inc., I worked in learning & development within higher education and in the energy industry. The opportunity to make a larger impact working with multiple companies and high-achieving professionals propelled me to take the leap into business ownership. 

Who have been your greatest supporters and/or mentors? I’m part of two peer advisory boards, and these colleagues are my personal board of directors! They are often my biggest supporters; plus, they’re great at holding me accountable for taking action on big goals and offering perspective on business challenges. 

What is the best part of your work and what gives you the most sense of accomplishment? Seeing individuals soar professionally, which ignites their confidence and brings better business results.

What is one hobby you have and how does it contribute to your professional life? I’m a podcast junkie. I enjoy listening to interviews with health, fitness, and business experts. Hearing stories from really smart thought leaders has helped me be better professionally and physically.   

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and how would it help your career? Near sunshine and water! I believe that space sparks a great learning environment. It’d be great to leverage outdoor space to inspire professional development for clients. For example, I’d like to try “Learning on the Lake” while on paddle boards or “Collaborating on the Caribbean” on a floating classroom! 

If you could have your own billboard anywhere with anything on it, what would it say and why? “You are the average of the five people you most associate with.” I wish I had this advice earlier in my career! 

What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made? Nothing compares to investing energy into becoming a parent and spending time with my children. Being a “mom” will always be my first passion!

What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?” Ketchup. It was a food group in our house growing up. Eggs, pasta, even chicken noodle soup “needed” ketchup. My addiction has lessened over the years, but I still love it!