Just over six years ago I was hiring a new Staffing Consultant for our Medford, WI office. I interviewed one of the candidates in the La Crosse office and was very impressed. The candidate had just graduated with her degree and was looking for the first step of her career. Talking for well over an hour we quickly hit it off. It was very clear she was intelligent, driven, was full of potential, had a growth mindset, and was full of grit.
The opportunity I was offering wasn’t the most attractive role ever – move two and a half hours further from your family into a community of about 4,000 people, and start in an entry level role. She understood the growth potential and saw the vision I had for where she could launch her career to off of this first step. We were in agreement and the rest is history. Little did I know that I was in the process of meeting someone who would be an incredible teammate, a motivator, and an amazing friend who would have a large positive impact on my life.
And that’s how I got to know Jenn Davis. Right off the bat she struck me as someone who would be a future leader and possibly a future business partner. From her experience in the family business to her strong work ethic to her core values it was clear she’d been raised in a wonderful and loving family that instilled in her the things we look for in our teammates.
Over the years Jenn continued to grow with us. She had several successes, some setbacks, and everything in between. Regardless, she was always humble and open to learning how to keep improving. This wonderful mix of a growth mindset and grit helped to propel her from one role to the next to the next.
Right from the start of our relationship one of the things I appreciated the most about her is her willingness to tell me when I’m wrong. She never backed away from telling me very clearly and bluntly that I was starting to go in the wrong direction. Jenn never did it in a way that was unprofessional or disrespectful, rather she always seemed to get it just right… sometimes I needed a very direct response, sometimes I needed to be eased into it. She always seemed to make the right call in that respect.
One of the things I appreciate the most about her though is how much she cared for me. Jenn was always watching over me, asking me to seek help when I was overwhelmed, and making sure I was doing right by Becky and the boys instead of letting work consume me. In spite of the work load and stress she had on her she was always keeping my well being in mind and helped me stay sane at work. Jenn would always watch out for me and I’m so thankful for that.
So why am I blogging about Jenn today? Jenn recently received a job offer that was an incredible growth opportunity for her and appears poised to take her down the next journey of her career. While I’m sad to lose her I am happy for her and see how this could be the start of something very awesome for her… Of course, all the while hoping the path will lead her back to our team on day 😉
Yesterday was the second day of work at Express without her being there. The day went well and everything that was supposed to get done got done, but I could definitely feel the lack of her presence there. I spent most of the day at the workstation that used to be hers, doing some of the work that used to be hers, and it reminded me of just how much she did for our team.
When I think of it that way I’m able to change my mindset and remember to be grateful for the opportunity we had to work together. I’m thankful for interviewing that recent college grad half a dozen years ago, she a fantastic impact on my life and lives of my teammates. Over her six year career with us she moved the dial and made us all better… and that’s something I’ll be eternally grateful for.
Jenn, dude, thank you so much for all you’ve done and all you’ve given to our team, our clients, our associates, and to me. We’re all better off for having had the opportunity to be in your presence.