Jae L. Pettigrew is an innovative and award-winning poet. Raised on the Southside of Chicago, experiencing the trials and toils of inner-city living, Jae was affected but not defined by her upbringing. Instead, she chose to channel her energy in a positive direction. Her intent was to touch and inspire liberal minds through her God-given talent, writing. Jae is truly an inspiration.
Being an intellectual and driven writer, Jae was destined to become an author. In 2009, she shared her first work, “Through Her Eyes,” this book is a compilation of raw but riveting unabridged poetry and thought-provoking quotes providing the reader glimpses into her soul. Jae’s follow up work of art was released in 2016 and is entitled “Tranzparent.” This jewel was birthed out of events, situations, and circumstances taking place over a seven-year period in Jae’s life. With zeal and a commitment to share both the authentic rawness and unbridled truth of these experiences as they poured out from the depths of her being, she has once again allowed her readers a glimpse into her soul. In each passionate piece of poetry, intellectually stimulating quote, and deliciously satisfying short story, Jae’s honesty leaps from the pages and befriends your heart. Jae’s most recent work released in 2019 was titled “Metamorphosis” this, her third piece of nonfiction, offers advice by way of insight on her personal evolution via poetry, personal development, short but in-depth experiences, and quotes.
This young lady has a story to tell, and she tells it not only with her pen but also with her voice. Through speaking engagements, Jae allows her audience to hear the very beat of her heart. Her words offer inspiration, motivation, and a challenge to persevere. Jae earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing Management as well as a Master of Arts in Psychology. With her acquired knowledge, she provides consultation to other artists, members of the clergy, as well as leadership within the community and private organizations. Jae is regarded as an outstanding and motivating leader in business and business development.
This tenacious and inspiring woman is an active member of multiple psychological societies such as Psi Chi, American Psychological Association, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Society for the Psychology of Black Women, Society of Addiction Psychology, Society of Trauma Psychology, Society for Personality and Social Psychology as well as multiple organizations that uplift and empower women. She is the founder of PettiObjective, a plant-based self–care line. As well as the “PettiObjective Foundation,” a non-profit organization focused on promoting self-awareness, self-love, and self-respect in women. By providing strong and positive mentoring opportunities, women are given tools encouraging self-improvement and academic achievement. Participating women are also taught the importance of maintaining healthy families and healthy homes. Jae is a strong advocate against domestic violence. This unstoppable woman has many passions. She is also a strong supporter of AIDS awareness.
Although Jae credits her upbringing on the tough streets of Chicago with helping to create within her the strength, perseverance, and faith that serve as the foundation for who she is and who she is in the process of becoming, Jae, her two children, Jackie and Antonio, are currently residents of Houston, Texas.