Jennifer, who has worked with support professionals for most of her career, takes it upon herself to advocate for others, because “not everyone knows how to advocate for themselves,” she says. She recommends that those early in their careers get to know upper management and “be courageous” about putting time on their calendars. She also advises them to “listen to the feedback, which is sometimes hard to hear, then find someone to help you work through it.” At the end of the day, Jennifer just “wants to make the team better,” recognizing that “we’re all here to win.”
In the rare moment she loses her confidence, Jennifer finds her inner competitor and visualizes the win, seeing herself “completing whatever challenge is in front of me,” she explains. “It’s a new start, a new beginning, and I know I’m going to kill it.”
At home, she’s also winning, grateful to have a supportive husband of 16 years and two children, Emma, 14, and Jack, 7, in whom she instills the following: “walk with purpose, have an opinion, and use your voice.” She’s able to be a role model for them because she “has a village” of support that includes her parents, who are “hands-on grandparents” close to home.
She also has the support of her Firm, calling Morgan Stanley “the choice for women, because they invest in us,” Jennifer feels. “From programs for working mothers to career advancement opportunities, we have someone walking next to us. It is a family, and everyone is invested in each other’s success.”
Calling it her “trifecta year,” in 2022 Jennifer had her first hole-in-one, found out she was being promoted to branch manager, then got the call that she had been named a Morgan Stanley MAKER joining a community of advocates, innovators and groundbreakers for women’s advancement, all nominated by their peers. She’s humbled to be among the Firm’s MAKERS Class of 2023, which marks the program’s 10th anniversary.
She sees MAKERs as those who champion others and is proud to be among those who do. “There are so many women out there who need help advocating for themselves,” Jennifer reflects. “Sometimes we don’t see ourselves in that corner office, and we have to help paint that picture.”