2021 HW Rising Star: Jess Kennedy

Jess Kennedy

After years of working as a real estate and finance lawyer, Jess Kennedy understood that getting a home loan was at best un-sexy, and at worst a nightmare, which is why she jumped at the opportunity to take on the challenges of fixing it. Launching Beeline as co-founder and chief operating officer, Kennedy navigated the leap from esteemed lawyer to entrepreneur, leader and pioneer with all the determination and agility — and it paid off. A non-traditional C-suite member, Kennedy rolled up her sleeves to work side-by-side with every department to turn Beeline into a significant player in the mortgage and real estate industry, launching never be- fore seen proprietary technology to boot, all within a year.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
“From a very early age, my mother drilled me every day to ‘treat others the way you want to be treated.’ It has been my beacon for tethering every decision and action to empathy for others. When people feel that you understand them and will try to do the best for them, they will do the same for you and that fosters a really positive professional and personal life because ultimately people come first.”


Jess Kennedy




Co-founder & COO

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