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Jill Ralph

Jill Ralph

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

I'm Jill, and I head up the Global Membership business for The Motley Fool, a finance and investing company. I'm responsible for helping scale our company's mission -- to make the world smarter, happier, and richer -- around the globe. Our teams work across four continents, and deliver investing commentary and advice to millions through a free-to-fee subscription business model.

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

Brand new member alert! I'm here to meet, learn, connect, share, and ultimately help elevate (ellevate?) one another.

How would you define your professional mission?

Find that sweet spot -- the intersection of what I love to do, what challenges me, what I'm good at, what helps the world (or some part of it), and what can help pay the bills. The Japanese have a word for this and it's "ikigai" and it's always stuck with me.

What are some career challenges on your radar?

Scaling myself and my impact. As the head of our global business, my single greatest challenge right now is efficiently and effectively moving information around the globe -- from/to disparate teams and business lines, across time zones and languages, through different cultural and communication lenses.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The competitor in me loves achieving goals along with my team. I thrive in assembling, reorganizing, or fixing teams -- the more complex, the better -- to unlock those goals. I love to help enable change, from personal to team to organizational.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

Just as with mother earth, I'd like to leave things better than I found them. In my current field of work (I lead a complex team of teams around the globe), I strive to help develop leaders and future leaders find their "ikigai" -- the intersection of the business needs and their personal superpowers and passions. If you can achieve this in individual and then widespread ways, the results are measurable -- and incredible.

What is your favorite social media site? Why?

Instagram. I almost exclusively follow artists, photographers, and animal lovers. I check it a few times of day and it is food for my soul -- it brings me joy.

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

Tell your inner critic to zip it; you don't need her right now. For most women I know, even those who I've never seen break a sweat, imposter syndrome is all-too real. But growth (personal and professional) tends to come from those moments where you quieted your inner critic and you took that leap into the unknown or uncomfortable.

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Leap -- and the net will appear. I used to have a bracelet with this etched in; it was given to me in a dark/uncertain time by an amazing woman, and I paid it forward by sending it along to someone in need when I found my way and they needed it more than I did. I like to think that bracelet is still making its rounds, hanging on the wrist of a woman staring down a decision or challenge. Leap!

What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?

You're doing a great job -- forgive yourself, applaud yourself, and laugh at yourself.

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