Last spring, Sizmek launched the She Inspires blog series to help put a spotlight on the amazingly talented and inspiring women who are part of Sizmek’s global workforce. Now, we’re turning that spotlight on Sizmek’s women leaders through a monthly series of women-only roundtables. These moderated discussions provide a safe space for Sizmek women to share experiences and learn from Sizmek leaders who have climbed the ladder before them.

The recent She Leads forum featured Jenny Mitchell, VP of Global Services at Sizmek and one of our most respected veteran execs (she joined back in Sizmek’s Eyewonder days, right out of college.) Here are a few of the insights Jenny shared during the discussion.

Q. What advice were you given at the start of your career that has helped you?

JM. There are three things I still try to incorporate into my day-to-day:

  • Ask questions. Women often thing that everyone else in the room knows more than they do. But it always pays to ask questions instead of making assumptions. In addition, it helps you understand where someone is coming from, so you can build solutions that work for a wide variety of people.  It’s important to maintain perspective – never assume that others have an ulterior motive that they are lacking knowledge. Ask so you can truly have a comprehensive understanding of the problem or challenge ahead and address it holistically.
  • Ask your team. As a leader, you should never be afraid to ask your team for suggestions onhow they would approach a challenge; don’t always feel like you need to dictate the answers to them. Let your teams lead themselves to solutions—it’s the best learning opportunity!
  • Do what’s important, not just what’s in front of you. Start your day tackling your top priorities instead of just responding to emails. Take the time to do what you need to do at the beginning of the day.

Q. What was your path to Sizmek?

JM. I started with Eyewonder right after college and have stayed with the organization ever since. It’s been 11 years now. I got to where I am because I’ve never turned down additional responsibility, even when it didn’t fall completely within my role.

Q. What are you most proud of in your career?

JM. It’s not one particular project or something that’s happened during my career, it’s more knowing the positive impact I’ve made on people that I’m most proud of. I’m most satisfied when anyone tells me they’ve learned something from me or that they look up to me. I’m proud that I have the opportunity to lead amazing teams, male and female!

Q. What skills do you use most often in your role?

JM. Being analytical is one—looking at issues from every angle. It also helps to support team members in breaking down issues and looking for solutions. Another is delegation—which is tough when you’re super type-A personality. Break down the issue so you can figure out how to engage with all teams and come up with a comprehensive solution.  

Q. Have you faced adversity in your career?

JM. It’s tough at times to be relatively young and a female—people don’t always take you seriously.

Q. What advice do you have for female employees at Sizmek and elsewhere?

JM. In addition to always saying yes to new responsibilities, I say, be personally accountable for the things you can change, but don’t stress about what you can’t change. Take the initiative to be the change you want to see and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Q. How do you find work/life/balance? What advice do you have?

JM. First I’d say get up early and remind yourself how fortunate you are to need work/life balance—maintain perspective and be grateful.  Next, I’d say prioritize everything, and of course maintain mental balance and energy with exercise and a healthy diet.

Q. What are your hobbies?

JM. I find so much joy and entertainment in everyday activities so hobbies to me can be very basic.  I enjoy going to Orangetheory fitness classes and spending time with my son Oliver, my husband Patrick and our Pomeranian Ari.

To work with inspiring people like Jenny, check out Sizmek’s career opportunities around the world.