LaShondra Mercurius is the President and Co-founder of JLM Strategic Talent Partners (JLM) and Co-founder of Career Excellence Academy (CEA). She has finance and accounting, as well as, professional staffing and recruiting and background having worked in the corporate arena for over 10 years. Her extensive experience in the staffing and recruiting industry contributed to LaShondra becoming a visionary leader who recognizes individual needs in the context of current Los Angeles County workforce climate. LaShondra started her career in the finance and accounting industry and transitioned into staffing industry in 2004. She held leadership positions at 500 fortune staffing firms leading her team to exceeding company’s financial goals. While working as a Director at a large staffing and recruiting corporation, LaShondra realized that in order to make a true impact on people, their livelihoods and community, she needs to start her own business and focus it on what really matters – people.
LaShondra, along-side her partner and husband Jayson Mercurius decided to take a leap of faith in the mist of the worst economy since the Great Depression and left Corporate America to launch their own strategic staffing and recruiting firm in 2011. JLM specializes in providing professional talent to the construction, infrastructure, and transportation industries. It was LaShondra’s vision to start a firm that focuses on people and community first. She understood that people are the world’s greatest asset and she takes caring for their livelihoods very seriously. As a compliment to JLM, LaShondra co-founded the Career Excellence Academy which is a training and consulting firm that offers a free 8-week seminar bridge class to individuals in the community that have an interest in starting professional careers in the construction, infrastructure, or transportation industry. CEA partners with LA Trade Tech College and industry subject matter experts from major prime contractors to teach the courses and network with individuals and students seeking job opportunities. LaShondra earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, Accounting, and Human Resources from California State University at Fullerton.