Jenni began her career at the Institute in July 2017 and I have had the pleasure of working alongside her since the beginning. Originally hired to assist the directors in Administration, she was promoted to supporting the Vice Presidents in late 2018 and further promoted to Executive Assistant in late 2019.
Being an assistant can be challenging at times, especially with the fast-paced work we do at the Institute and the many hats our executives wear. At any given moment you are juggling multiple calendars, meeting requests, travel, internal on-site meetings, media requests for your executives, external inquiries for your executives, etc. Performing these tasks successfully requires excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as time management, which Jenni excels at in my opinion. I have personally witnessed Jenni managing several meetings at the same time, alongside of a conference, and she didn’t miss a beat with making sure that everyone’s needs were being met. Jenni is a true professional when it comes to customer service and collaboration with others and usually is the first one to step up and see what she can do to help things run seamlessly.
This year has been different than any other with working in a virtual environment. Our “normal” way of doing some job duties have not transferred over. Jenni has been wonderful at brainstorming and adapting. I have appreciated her teamwork during this period. We are very lucky to have Jenni serving in her role here at the Institute and I believe she deserves to be recognized for her exceptional work ethic.