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Jaclyn Smith

Jaclyn Smith

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

Hi all! I’m Jaclyn. I’m passionate about writing, helping others, and working through complex problems. Although I am a licensed attorney currently I manage a team of contract and negotiation support subject matter experts. I’ve been with my company for coming in 8 years, but I’m ready for a change. I’m a great advocate for others, but need to learn to use those skills for myself too.

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

Really enjoying the support and participation in the squads. Find the women supportive and I look forward to my Tuesday evenings when we gather.

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

Perseverance and relationships

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

Appearing in the appellate court on a brief that I wrote in support of my client.

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

The standing up of the supply chain processes with my company’s Singapore joint venture.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Being able to support the individuals on my team. It is very empowering to see my team prosper and grow under my leadership. I believe education and continuation of building skills my responsibility for both me and my team and I make sure to provide opportunities to them as they come available.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

A stronger more confident workforce.

What is your morning ritual?

Coffee, toast and a few minutes in the garden just appreciating the day.

What would you say your personal superpower is?

Creating clarity out of chaos.

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Don’t forget to ask for what you want. If you don’t ask you aren’t likely to get it.

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