Jennifer Kenny - Interconnection and Abundance
What are your “and” words and why? “Interconnection” - My work focuses on the space between things. The space between reality and (im)possibility. The interconnections that can be made to create innovation, leverage technology and break silos. Using language, linguistics and design thinking, I mentor teams in interoperability, communication and innovation. I help them see the space between their work and the work of others and make connections– allowing everyone to innovate better together.
“Abundance” - So often we approach life from a scarcity mentality. But scarcity mentality does not allow you to take risks and create. Instead, if we frame our choices and leadership in terms of abundance, in terms of the possibility that there is enough for not just me but everyone. I believe that women leaders have an even greater ability to lead from an abundance mindset. So often women work with nothing or close to nothing and deliver phenomenal results. Women-led venture-backed high tech companies generate 12% higher annual revenues than male only tech companies.
What you are known for saying / a quote from you. What does this quote mean to you, (or if it’s from someone else, why does it inspire you)? “Breathe and enjoy; in the end you die.” This came from having cancer in my 30’s. I learned to breathe, to surrender and in that I found calmness and joy. It does not stop me from having big goals, from working to make things happen; but it does prevent me from getting wound up and wasting my own and others’ time. Today I literally “stop to smell the roses.”
Which other Ladybadasses inspire you and why? Mary Robinson, first female president of Ireland. Not only a champion for human rights, she is a true systems thinker, innovator and pioneer. She’s also an original member of The Elders.
When did you first realize that you had some Ladybadassery in you? LOL. Not sure if I want to be quoted on that, but let me just say that from an early age I was leading apple orchard raids, and school walkouts due to perceived unfairness in delivering punishment and at nine went on a hunger strike because I did not want to go with my parents to hear a foreign dignitary speak because I opposed his views on gender equity.
What keeps you motivated on days when you aren't quite feeling like a Ladybadass? The incredible resilience and generative capability of women everywhere. We stand on the shoulders of goddesses!
What is your advice to other women who are trying to tap into their Ladybadassery? You are the empress of the universe and it’s time to name it and own it, and use it in service to yourself, others and our Planet.
Jennifer is a Leader in Human Innovation in Emerging Technologies, an R&D Executive, an International Speaker, a Facilitator, and Mentor.