Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Enders.
Jennifer, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
As a young girl, my first business was a small lemonade stand in front of our home. My dad required my sister and I write out a business plan and pay him for our supplies. Though a bit annoyed at the process, that moment left an imprint on my heart and a fire in my belly for business! Whether it was doing nails for girls in high school, fundraising for my university or building a six-figure income in direct sales, I found a passion for building relationships and closing deals!
Now, with over 16 years as an entrepreneur and a full-time career as a corporate sales executive, I use my experience to help women in business. As a Coach with The CEO Chick Network, I now help equip women to get clear about their passions and build disciplines that create profitability in their businesses and fruit in their personal lives.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My journey has had seasons of struggle as well as seasons of success. After the real estate downturn in 2008, my career in the mortgage industry fell apart, my husband and I lost our home and had to rebuild our lives from the bottom up. This season of serious struggle birthed our first major success in business as a part of a direct selling company in our late 20’s! At one point, we were earning in a month what my entire annual salary had been at my previous job! I wish I could say the story ended with a ‘happily ever after’ but that’s not my story.
In my 30’s, I now had three children and was a full-time entrepreneur. My business momentum came to a screeching halt as an overwhelmed mother suffering from post-partum depression trying to juggle being a wife, mother and a CEO. I thought I would never build a successful business again and it took years to adjust to a growing family. I started over back in corporate sales and found my flow. Breaking regional sales records and earning organizational accolades as a Top Sales Performer, I realized I could love working for someone else and not having my own company! Though I’ve always had multiple streams of income, I had an assignment to fulfill in Corporate America and got “ok” with not being a full-time entrepreneur. My season had changed, my family needed stability and as a mom of three, the structure of a career was more in line with my priorities.
It’s easy to share effortlessly now, but this road was full of bumps, bruises, and real pain. But it was met equally with overwhelming joy, personal growth, and financial success. I share with young women in business you have to be prepared for the change of seasons. You won’t always be on a mountaintop, so while there enjoy it but prepare for the valley that may come. Never put all your eggs in one basket; diversify your income streams and regularly evaluate your priorities. When you are executing in alignment with your priorities, the purpose will be fulfilled and income follows.
Please tell us about Coach Jenn Enders & The CEO Chick Network.
By day, I work for a Fortune 100 company in Enterprise Sales, but my passion is coaching! In 2016, I partnered with The CEO Chick Network to coach its members on how to introduce corporate tactics and strategies for their small business to generate greater profits.
My multi-dimensional coaching style focuses on helping women, “Live A Life They Love.” One in which their passions become the foundation for decision making in life and business. This fuels daily processes and disciplines that improve performance and increases profitability. My coaching is just one piece to the amazing puzzle that is the CEO Chick Network! Our network offers weekly master classes, one to one coaching, and even local events across the country. We strive to create an environment where women can build community, develop as individuals and find other women to collaborate with and dominate in their industries. What makes us different is the coaching staff with varying industry successes that translate to high-quality content for our members; not to mention events that drive social interaction and a place for BOSSES to have fun while engaging with other high achieving women!
There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
Women in business must be intentional about seeking out mentors and building a network of supportive people around you. All too often we expect our friends or families to be the ones to be our support system, but many of them don’t have the capacity to see you where you are headed but only for where you’ve been and where you currently are in life. Look for local networking events, utilize LinkedIn to find local business owners and colleagues in your field to connect and collaborate. Join a community like CEO Chicks where you can connect, collaborate and dominate with like minded women across the country. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask someone who you highly regard as a possible mentor if they’d be willing to take a call to discuss your business plan, share their story and provide advice on your next move. Most successful entrepreneurs and corporate executives recognize the gift in being a mentor and are looking for opportunities to pour back into others as was done for them.
- You can join The CEO Chick Network at www.ceochicksonline.com/
- You can book Coach Jenn for speaking, training or coaching at www.coachjennenders.com
- Website: www.coachjennenders.
- Phone: 855-438-9239
- Email: coachjennenders@gmail.
- Instagram: @jennifer.enders
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/
SR4Photography noted on one pic, all others are mine