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2022 40 Under Forty: Jelan Agnew

Click here to return to HBJ’s 2022 40 Under Forty Award Honorees Jelan Agnew Age: 37 Company: Nalej of Self LLC Title: Founder and CEO Number of years with current company: 5 Town where I live: Hartford Town where I work: Hartford College: Temple University and University of Connecticut Highest degree: Master’s in social work
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Jelan Agnew is the founder of Nalej of Self LLC. Agnew is a TEDx speaker, licensed clinical social worker, college professor, life coach and motivational speaker. A Temple University and UConn alum, her training includes advanced trauma and dialectical behavior therapy training and 19 years in the mental health field.

At Nalej of Self LLC she uses this experience, and expertise as a therapist of 11-plus years, to provide transformative corporate mindfulness workshops, DBT training, motivational speaking, coaching and courses.

What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

My biggest professional accomplishment so far was my TEDx Talk in LA. It was very competitive to get in and the writing process was overwhelming. After it was done, I ran off the stage because I was so relieved, and the host made me go back and receive my standing ovation!

How are you involved in the community?

In the last couple of years, through social unrest and a global pandemic, practicing as a behavioral therapist was emotionally taxing for me, but showing up for my community meant a lot to me. Although I don’t do that work anymore, it is important to me to continue to provide transformative workshops and trainings for therapists and other practitioners in the mental health field.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love to travel, meditate and hang out with friends and family.

Why do you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty?

• Took a leap of faith and walked away from my job to pursue Nalej of Self LLC full time.

• Did a TEDx Talk in LA, which has 5,000 views in six months.

• Taught Intro to Social Work at Eastern Connecticut State University.

• Appeared on a CPTV/ PBS documentary called “Uncertainty” about anxiety.

Fun Fact

I am an actress and classically-trained singer and have been on the stage all my life.

Theme Song

“Golden” — Jill Scott

Bucket List

What are two things that you would like to achieve before you turn 40?

I want to be debt free and live abroad.

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