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Tier 1 Trailblazer Example: Jen Doe

Jen Doe dedicated her life to improving the lives of other women. As the founder of  XYZ nonprofit, she touched the lives of people in Boston, New England, and beyond. The nonprofit helped women throughout the region by providing them with valuable resources, mentorship, job opportunities, and even housing. 

“Jen changed my life. I had nothing, but with her help I was able to land an interview, present myself well, and get a job that allowed my family to keep our house,” a member of the nonprofit expressed. 

It’s not just the women served through her nonprofit that she helped. She also acted as a mentor to all those around her. “Without the help of Jen, I wouldn’t be where I am in my career today,” says Jane Doe, an educator at the nonprofit. “She gave me the knowledge and tools to advance my skills in my job and ultimately find purpose in my life.”

Honored by Boston Nonprofit Magazine as one of the Women to Watch in 2010 for her nonprofit, Jen had already been successful as a C-suite executive for 10 years prior at BigCompany. She helped turn BigCompany into a Fortune500. At the time, MajorPublication asked what her secret to success was. “Empathy,” she said. “While everyone else is bulldozing ahead, crunching numbers and obsessing over spreadsheets, I dig into the ‘why’ behind every question and think about how actions make people feel.”

Later in 2015, she was named a Groundbreaking Woman in Business by Modern Leadership magazine, and in 2020 she was named the Most Successful Woman Around by Impact Over Revenue, Inc. She fulfilled all of these titles and then some. 

Before working at BigCompany, Jen worked in research for SmallerCompany. She was the lead researcher behind the groundbreaking formula that helped change something significant in the world. A graduate of Science University, Jen’s background and thesis were based on biology and organic chemistry. Seemingly a strong pivot from her nonprofit work, it actually provided her background in women’s health and, in turn, women’s rights. 

Her other title? Mom. Jen was a mother to three children, Child 1, Child 2, and Child 3. In them she bestowed an eagerness to succeed, a drive for helping others, and confidence in their work and business. She taught them right from wrong, and led by example.

A strong advocate for human rights, Jen was constantly fighting for equality. She was known to be front and center at any march or protest, writing about the inequities faced by the women in the nonprofit, and with a microphone in hand speaking up for what she believed in. Both firm and compassionate, Jen had the perfect demeanor to listen, encourage, and lead. 

She was constantly looking to the future. Even as she faced chronic illness toward the end of her life, she was constantly plotting and planning for the future of the nonprofit, her children, her employees, and everyone else in her life. Her motto? “How can we make the world a better place?”

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