We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Philpot-Slocum and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jasmine, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I am a huge supporter of the work/life balance. I think the balance changed over time as different components of my life changed. When I started my company I was not married and had no children. A lot of time was spent working, learning and building my company. Now, I am a wife and mother and I think that priorities sometimes shift. My attention is given where it is needed most and I try to make sure I am pouring into both. Sometimes it’s more work, sometimes less, but overall I just do my best. When I think about balance, I think about not getting burnt out in one area, as too much of anything is not good in my opinion. Nothing is ever 50/50, but you can try to shift the paradigm from time to time so that one thing doesn’t become heavier than another.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am not the first person to be passionate about this field or what I do, but I do think that is what sets us apart. This company was founded on being driven by passion rather than just money. We are a business and we do make money, but that is not the main objective. I truly enjoy helping others. Nothing in life is ever truly easy initially. I am a lifelong learner which is what the Speech Language Pathology field encourages, continued learning, and I am appreciative of that. I overcame challenges one task and one day at a time. I still face them and try to make the best and most ethical decisions when attempting to fix them. I have learned that if you can do something about a challenge not to stress, and if you cannot do anything about challenge not to stress. In either scenario you either have a solution or do not, but pressing forward is the ultimate lesson. Our business is to have a positive impact on the quality of life of our patients; particularly in areas like communication, feeding and swallowing, speech, language and more. I want the world to know that I tried my best to be a positive change for my community and the world. Changing the world positively is my ultimate life goal. That’s the legacy I would like to leave for my family.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh wow! I have so many cool places I love visiting. I guess it would depend on the friend and if they were artsy, food oriented, or outdoorsy. There are places for everyone. I love going to Savannah/Tybee Island for short getaway type of fun, Blue Ridge would be another short getaway just outside of the city, but for fun in the city….I think Ponce City Market, Krog Street Market, outdoor movies and festivals depending on the time of year, pop up shops and museums are also fun, but we would always, each day have to eat something fabulous. I am a self-proclaimed “foodie” so many of my activities surround food. That would also depend on the types of foods my friend would like. If they had preference for vegetarian food (lots of options: Tassili’s Raw Reality, Slutty Vegan, Soul Vegetarian), steak houses (Japanese, Brazilian) like Fogo de Chao, brunch places like Sun In My Belly, Nana’s Chicken and Waffles, First Watch…I could go on. I love exhibits and other things too….I think I am a fun friend!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to Shoutout “The Administrator LLC” a company that provides services like data entry, researching, recruiting and hiring, human resources, account receivables, document drafting and collection services. The company owner, Tracy, also has a background with coordination of post closing and real estate transactions. Tracy has been integral in helping GIST run smoothly and efficiently.

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