Jen Smith, Global Creative Director, Maxus

Jen Smith, Maxus Global

The Challenge

Maxus Global Creative Director, Jen Smith, was one of the people tasked with enabling more women to rise to the top.

“I came to Shine initially as an observer, we wanted to run a female leadership programme within Maxus and I came to see what the experience would be like for the 200 wonderful women who would be lucky enough to have this experience.”

The Solution

While my intention was to be a scientific observer of the process, the reality was that I was a fully emerged, emotional and utterly engaged Shine devotee by the end.  

Having the gift of time to devote 2 days to talking and thinking about your own wishes, desires and ambitions is the biggest gift I think I have ever been given. Having the superb facilitators in Cal & Anna meant that I could not skirt around the real issues that lay underneath the surface, and instead was gently led and then sometimes more forcefully pushed to acknowledging what it mean to me.

The Result

My Shine awakening was to realise I was ambitious, but that equally there was no career fairy godmother.

I was guilty of being the good girl, believing that if I put my head down and did what was asked of me the career fairy godmother would bestow on me the opportunities I desired.  Instead realising that no one gives a crap about my career as much as I do, I took back the reigns to my own life and created opportunities where they didn’t previously exist.  I pitched to my global board to create a new job which I felt would benefit me and the organisation.  And I was successful 🙂  I came out of Shine a different woman to when I went in.  I also left with 2 phenomenal friends in Anna & Cal.  A better woman surrounded by supportive women – what gift is better than that?