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Jenn DeWall

Jenn DeWall

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

Want to know the secret to confidence? I'll give you a hint. It's learning how to stop depending on someone else to tell you whether you're getting it right, worthy, or smart enough. And it all starts within you and is completely within your control.

I am a leadership and career coach and motivational speaker helping others show up as their confident authentic self at work. Because let's be honest, if you're not showing up as your whole self, you are only bringing half of yourself, your insights, and what makes you YOU into your work, relationships, and life.

So stop waiting for someone else to tell you when you're getting it right and start taking the reins. You have one short life. How do you want to live it? Choose your happy life!

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

Hands down favorite event wa Raise Her Voice. All of the women had such powerful stories. I'm so happy that Ellevate offers a platform for individuals from all walks of life to share their stories.

How would you define your professional mission?

1. Help others make the most out of their short time on earth, aka show up with confidence. Confidence will determine what you do or do not do, and ultimately your happiness.

2. Developing leaders that people actually want to work for.

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

I think you have had to have done your own work and also always be learning and sharpening your tool kit. Also, I think it's important to show up as your authentic self not the person that you think social media wants you to be. Too often within the coaching and speaking profession I think there's a lot of telling clients how they should be -- "be more like me, whoa look at me" instead of asking, "what do you want to do and who do you want to be?"

In terms of speaking, it is my energy, passion, and experience hands down. I've been described as an energy drink as well as a Peleton for leadership speaker - both which entertain me. But hey you have to have the energy to inspire.

What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?

One keynote event that I did was speaking to a group of college students all around confidence and happiness. We talked about mental health, barriers to confidence, and also recognizing when it's time to seek professional help. This event stands out as I've never had so many people come up to me and talk about being inspired to seek a therapist for their mental health challenges. I'm not a therapist, but consider therapy one of the tools that has had a significant impact on my life and essential to my success.

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

Welp first thing, I'm a nerd and began going to leadership camps at the age of 16, 20+ years later and I'm still practicing and teaching leadership.

But what really inspired me was when I was in my mid-twenties and both of my parents fell ill. I thought to myself, "if I only have another good twenty years left, what do I want to do? I want to help others maximize their time on earth." That's the short story, but in all seriousness, at the time I was in a job where my confidence was destroyed and I was sick of being unhappy and determining my self-worth based on what someone else thought of me. I then made it my goal to help others learn how to love themselves. Because when we love ourselves and have confidence, we make decisions that align with who we truly want to be.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

The reminder that you are enough. You are worthy. That you never need to let someone else's judgment define you.

What is it about your job that makes you feel it’s the right fit for you?

First and foremost. Pain knows pain. I have a story, a story about low confidence, a story about perseverence, a story about loving people just as they are.

I know that this job is the right fit for me based on my ability to relate and see others for who they are at their core. For my ability to connect and help you believe that what you want is fully capable of.

What would you say your personal superpower is?

Connecting and motivating an audience. My natural gift is being high energy which helps me create engaging high-energy events!

What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?

Persistence pays off. Don't compare yourself to what others are doing. Never compromise who you are to make a buck.

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