Jill Edson is the founder of The Sitters, a professional pet and house sitting company based in Federal Way, Washington. The Sitters makes sure that its clients’ pets and home are taken care of while they are away, whether it’s just for the workday or for a weeklong vacation. Edson has loved animals since she was a young girl and had planned on becoming a veterinarian. During her interview at the University of Wisconsin, however, she was told that she was “just too small” for that type of work, so she became a registered nurse instead.
Edson subsequently obtained her MBA in the early ’80s and went on to work in health care in marketing, contracting, key accounts, strategic planning, and business development. In 2003, she started The Sitters, and running the company for the last 11 years has been her favorite career. For Edson, The Sitters is more than just a company; it satisfies her lifelong desire to be of service to animals.