Jen Coffey is a risk taker. Getting her start in event planning, she later found herself in training and then developing training for Accenture. She is a leader in the learning environment of the Metaverse, which was a welcomed risky adventure for her company. As a certified Scrum Master, she sees how to streamline processes to achieve goals. That combined with her willingness to take risks makes her an invaluable part of Accenture.
Jen expresses that she has limiting beliefs and experiences the Imposter Syndrome just like the rest of us. But, when she’s struggled with asking for help along the way, she’s turned to her network and personal board of directors which have been positive forces in her life. She’s used these networks to make things happen. Jen believes it’s important to have people in your life that push you to be better.
Jen doesn’t just want to train and work in the Metaverse though, she wants to make an impact. It’s important to her that she shows other people the value she sees in them. She thinks we all need to speak up and voice our ideas rather than sit back and not make any waves. More evidence that she’s a risk-taker.
To ground herself, Jen makes her family time a priority, emphasizing to her kids that it’s more important to be brave than perfect. Jen herself makes brave decisions regardless of what people say. When she’s not at work, Jen distracts herself and keeps her hands busy by making jewelry and writing her thoughts down in a journal. If you’re feeling a little timid and don’t know what your next step should be, this podcast with Jen Coffey is for you.
[01:56] Jen Coffey’s background
[05:28] What Jen’s learned so far
[07:52] How she has pushed through limiting beliefs
[11:58] How she formed her personal board of directors
[15:58] Jen’s journey to leadership
[19:37] Setting and achieving goals
[23:23] The importance of confidence
[26:06] How Jen stays grounded
[29:22] Taking risks
[33:25] Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Metaverse
[39:40] What Jen wants her kids to know
[42:39] Lightning round questions
“It takes a village to make things happen, and the only way to have that village is if you really foster those networks and connections that you have.” – Jen Coffey
“It’s important to remember that your board of directors is super diverse.” – Jen Coffey
“To me, journaling is the best way to get things out in a really eloquent way.” – Jen Coffey
“It’s all about being brave and not being perfect.” – Jen Coffey
Lightning Round Questions
What book has greatly influenced you?
“The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman
What is your favorite inspiring quote or saying?
I am the pilot of my own airplane, I do not work in baggage claim. (Not taking on other’s emotions.)
What is one word or moniker you would use to describe yourself?
What is one change you've implemented that made your life better?
Significantly cutting out sugar.
What power song would you want playing as you walk out onto a stage?
"Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys
Jen Coffey Co-Leads Accenture’s Global Immersive Learning practice, helping shape how clients leverage the latest technologies to create immersive, memorable and more durable learning experiences - for their people and their customers. She is also a Career Coach, Voiceover Artist, EQ Coach/Facilitator, Certified Scrum Master and Agile Coach. With over a decade at Accenture, Jen has deep experience in learning, developing people and teams and is passionate about leadership development, psychology, theatre, music and writing. She lives outside of Chicago with her partner, two kids and two dogs.