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Jen Bergren, MBA

Jen Bergren, MBA

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

I’m currently focused on learning leadership skills and advancing my career at Chief Martech Officer, a remote marketing agency specializing in HubSpot. I’m on pause with my consulting work of helping additional companies that advance women in leadership (CMO is women-owned with an 80% female workforce) but I’m still doing my part for my mission by volunteering with Ellevate and trying to keep up with blogging, a newsletter, and social sharing about other women and diversity-focused events.

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

My favorite memories right now are the 2019 Summit and chapter leader retreat. It was incredible to meet so many amazing women with similar missions. I enjoyed hearing how we can take even more action to advance women and diversity in leadership, from the people speaking at the Summit.

How would you define your professional mission?

I help companies that share my mission of advancing women in leadership, elevating their business and our aligned purpose. Currently, that involves working at Chief Martech Officer and learning leadership skills on-the-job. I work remotely which means my work and life intertwine, so to add more of a personal or whole-life mission to this answer, I would say I’m committed to building an extraordinary life of learning, improvement, achievement, style, and purpose.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

One of my most memorable career accomplishments was starting a business, even though I didn’t really know anyone with their own business at that time. Growing up, I don’t remember knowing anyone who owned a business and previously I always had corporate jobs or worked for small-to-medium-sized businesses. I think that took a lot of courage, to start on a path I hadn’t personally seen before in my life. Earning an MBA would be tied as a career accomplishment since I went back to school in my mid-30’s in order to advance a new career.

What are some career challenges on your radar?

One career challenge on my radar is managing people. I never thought of myself as a “people person,” but I love learning and growth so that is the next step of my career that I’m working on. I’m finding it really interesting to learn about the psychology of other people at work, and about building teams and culture.

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

There were many twists and turns in my career path, it was definitely not linear. My career journey looks something like this: 1. Graphic designer and art director, mostly for magazines, with a degree in art and journalism. 2. Photography piqued my interest while directing photo shoots, which led me back to school. 3. Career 2 was a photographer and entrepreneur, starting a photography business. 4. My favorite part of running the business was marketing, inspiring a career change. 5. I earned an MBA in digital marketing to help me move further and faster in this new career. 6. Around the same time that I graduated, I started as a contractor for Chief Martech Officer, a remote marketing agency specializing in HubSpot. I earned a promotion to full-time marketing consultant shortly thereafter, a client-facing role on the fast-track to management.

What is your morning ritual?

I don’t know if I have a ritual as much as a routine, which I am not sure is very exciting to read about! I check social media to procrastinate getting out of bed. I feed my dog and myself some protein. My desk is my breakfast table, so I read email while eating (mostly newsletters, saving links to read later, and seeing if any work-related emails are urgent from East Coast clients). Then I walk my dog, I exercise, I get ready, and I meditate & do a few brain games (I’ve been skipping this step often since I was promoted to my current role and am writing it here to hold myself accountable again!), After that, I make coffee or a protein shake depending on the workout that day and I sit down at my computer to begin the workday.

What is your favorite social media site? Why?

When I was a photographer, I liked Instagram. That was when it first started, and I liked it since it was fairly easy to use it to build an online community and meet up with people in person at events that I co-hosted for my business. I’m not a huge fan of Instagram anymore, I prefer Twitter now since it seems less fake and perfection-focused. I like that Twitter has links to longer articles to read, which I also save to add to my weekly newsletter. I love reading.

What would you say your personal superpower is?

Creative problem-solving. My diverse background of careers and education help me identify problems and solutions in different ways. Howtofascinate.com helped me create my personal tagline of "Innovative ideas, stylish solutions" (prestige, innovation, and passion are my advantages).

What does success look like to you?

Freedom: financial freedom, freedom to travel and live the life I imagine for my future self, without worry or stress about money!


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