Jenny Garrett is a sought after executive coach, broadcaster, speaker and author of “Rocking You Role, the how to guide to success for female breadwinners”
In addition to running the Reflexion Associates leadership consultancy Jenny mentors women entrepreneurs and executives internationally for the Cherie Blair Foundation and serves as Vice Chair of the Twenty Ten Club.
Jenny was interviewed by the students of St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls as part of the Twenty Ten Club’s “Interview an Entrepreneur” school programme.
What or who inspired you to become an entrepreneur? (Holly, 13 years)
My daughter inspires me every day to be the best that I can be. As an entrepreneur, you also need to inspire yourself and every morning be self-motivated.
Do you feel that your schools had a big influence on you? (Stephanie, 14 years)
You don’t think it does but then you look back and see all the things that it has taught you. I find myself remembering something I learnt in history or English literature to add into one of my talks, and the maths comes in handy for my book keeping.
Did your college education change your future hopes in anyway? (Lucia, 13 years)
After A-levels I wanted to go to fashion design school but did not get a grant. So, I got myself a job and did a part time degree in the evenings over five years in art and design communication and then switched to a business degree, which I felt would be more applicable to the route that I was taking.
I gained my masters again part time whilst working and having a child. Learning runs through your life and I am always looking at ways to push myself and continue learning new things.
To get where you are now what obstacles, if any, did you have to overcome? (Rebeca, 13 years)
Being young, sexism, ageism and racism and also internal obstacles, overcoming what you think people think about you.
Would you change anything about your job and if so what? (Niamh, 14 years)
I really do love the work I do, my ambition is to grow the team so we can do more of it.
What do you think being an entrepreneur has brought to your life? (Georgia, 14 years)
Independence, freedom and financial rewards- makes you be the best you can be.
What does success mean to you? (Chelsea, 14 years)
You can define your own success by setting yourself goals and achieving them.
What advice would you give to a young person wanting to start their own business? (Nora, 13 years)
Get a mentor and surround yourself with people who understand your journey.
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For more information on the Twenty Ten Club’s Interview an Entrepreneur school programme visit www.twentytenclub.com/school-programme