Santiago Jaramillo

Santiago Jaramillo

CEO & Co-Founder


Emplify

Fishers, IN USA


The myth of overnight success is one of the most pervasive and harmful narratives out there—those stories are like winning the lottery, you can’t plan on that. Reality looks like applying 10 times to 10 different jobs, trying 10 different experiments, and watching all of these things fail, but getting back up and trying again and trying again and trying again.

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Born in Cali, Colombia—his family immigrated to the U.S. when he was 10 years old in order to flee the violence from militia groups and drug cartels.
Admits he often struggles with his identity: “I’m not Colombian enough to be Colombian and not American enough to be American. I’m a third culture kid, a mix of both, which gives me an advantage.”
When he was 18, he had a choice to either stay at home, go to community college, and be around other Colombians, or he could go explore and see the “real America” away from his community.
Left home and attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he started as a philosophy and music major, but quickly switched over to business when he realized his passion was not in academia.
On a scuba diving trip to Australia, his skipper told him a story about his love of the ocean—this inspired him to start a journey of “finding his ocean”, that one thing he can’t live without.
Has been business-minded from a very young age—he sold avocados and toy spinners as a child, started teaching after-school music classes in high school, and ran a storage company in college.
He realized the driving force of his life was being creative and that an extension of that was starting businesses—“I began to see business as art, creating something bigger than myself."
Inspired by the statistic that we spend half of our waking lives at work, he set out to create a company that would help employers and employees find more satisfaction and fulfillment at work.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
Indiana Wesleyan University
Bachelor
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Indiana Wesleyan University

Career

CEO & Co-Founder

I facilitate strategy and foster company culture through leadership development.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Entrepreneurship
Business
Being Creative

Day to Day

I lead positive and helpful meetings with my team and attend successful sales meetings. Occasionally, I take part in speaking engagements. At the end of the day, I step away from email and focus on completing remaining tasks.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Communication, leadership, emotional intelligence, adaptability, and persistence.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Dive in and start a small business. First-hand experience is a great teacher.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
undergrad
Bachelor
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I can't make a career I will love out of philosophy or music. "

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant
Learning Issues
Financial