Following stints in advertising, event planning, and PR, Sarah Jenks was lost and nearly broke. Sitting in a New York coffee shop, she came up with an idea. She’d been struggling with body image issues her whole life – what if she could develop a program to help women overcome those same challenges in a way that didn’t focus exclusively on weight loss and looking good in a bikini? Five years later, Jenks’ Live More Weigh Less program is quickly becoming a mainstay in the industry.
I caught up with her San Francisco to learn more about her journey.
What has your journey after Williams looked like?
When I was at Williams, I was really involved in All Campus Entertainment (ACE). I spent a lot more of my energy doing that than I did on academics.
I thought I wanted to be an event planner so for two summers at Williams, I went and worked for event planners. It just wasn’t for me. It was a lot of excel documents. When I first graduated, I went into PR. The starting salary was $24,000 a year, so eventually I got a job with an advertiser. I worked in advertising for two years and hated it. There was so much stress about things that I felt like didn’t really matter in the long run.
I remember sitting in a café thinking, “wouldn’t it be cool if I could be a therapist who focused exclusively on eating problems.” I had dealt with emotional eating my whole life, and it was really bad when I was at Williams. I’d go from not eating at all to eating a ton. My weight fluctuated 40-50 pounds every six months.