Welcome to Project Fabulous Femme! Once or twice a month, I'll introduce you to a Fabulous Femme who's inspired me. I invite them to share their perspectives on being a modern woman and other vital corps topics. Please be kind, curious, and open-minded.
Jennifer and I worked together way back in the day at CBS Broadcasting. These days, as the Vice President of Health and Safety at the National Football League, she’s managing a $120M+ medical investment portfolio aimed at advancing research and spurring innovations that improve the health & safety of NFL players. That’s no small feat, but I can’t think of a better woman for the job. Even though she’s got an incredibly strategic mind and a resilient spirit, it’s her ability to rally the right team members around the right project and energize them that I remember most vividly. Forged after years of playing lacrosse and other sports, those skills just seem to come so naturally to her. (They were further worked and strengthened during her stint at Stern School of Business at NYU.) With Jennifer, no doubt you’ll get the job done, but don’t be surprised if there’s a lot of laughter along the way. And for as hard as Jennifer works, she plays equally hard, especially with her family. You can also learn more about two of her current projects like the NFL Health Playbook and the Head Health Challenges by clicking on the links.
How would you define being a modern woman in 2016? A modern woman is one who holds pride in her ability to accelerate and succeed in her own interests - career or whatever that may be. Yet, she establishes balance to care for herself, her family and others around her. She’s in pursuit of her happiness.
What would you like to see modern women give more of a shit about? Her ability to have a voice while doing/balancing it all.
Conversely, what would you like see modern women give less of a shit about? The stigma and perception that successful women are abrasive and abrupt. One must be assertive to lead and get stuff done. With proper communication, this can be done in an elegant manner as well.
What is your superpower? In other words, what can you do on a rockstar-level without even thinking about it? Leadership. I have the ability to convene, direct and lead a team through execution of big projects. I leverage the skill set I learned and still value from sports. Know your aim, your team (or talent), communicate and go to goal. Quite simply, it’s amazingly challenging, but rewarding when you score.
What’s your favorite non-negotiable act of self-care you do to decompress or recharge on the regular? Write in my journal. I live quite a busy and exciting life. My journal helps me to stop and connect with inner thoughts and feelings I may hear but haven’t fully connected with yet. This allows me to do just that: Connect.
Success: How do you measure it for yourself? I measure success by my ability to touch and impact others. It’s what makes me feel good inside. [Kara note: Jennifer has a huge heart and a passion for giving back to others. You see this in her long history of supporting the women around her at work as well as female athletes coming up the ranks behind her. When you see her talk about her family, especially the kiddos, you can practically see her heart grow in size.]
Who’s a fabulous femme inspiring you? What makes her so fabulous to you? My coach in college, Jane Miller. She had an ability to connect and care for her players - so much so that her nurturing empowered you to perform better for yourself and for her as well.
If another woman wants to connect with you, how would you prefer that happens? LinkedIn is best. [Kara note: Please put source of connection as “Fab Femme,” so Jen will know how you heard about her.]
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