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Jennifer Neilson

Jennifer Neilson, UPWARD RTP Chapter Leader

Jennifer Neilson is the Founder and Chief Growth Officer for My Lead Advantage and HR Director for IQVIA, and she is an UPWARD RTP Chapter Leader which is set to launch this year — April 27, 2022.

Learn more about Jennifer by reading her full feature below.

Describe your career, your platform, or what makes you you?

I am a global HR executive and leadership coach. I empower people of all ages to live confidently and authentically in who they were created to be.

Do you have any habits or disciplines that you’ve developed that helps keep you motivated?

I set my intentions on a weekly and daily basis which helps me stay focused on the tasks/projects that matter.

What are you most proud of in your personal life and in your career?

Discovering my passion at 45.

We know from data that no one advances completely on their own. Relationships are often the difference between getting noticed and promoted and getting stuck. How do you identify key individuals with whom you need to build strategic relationships? Has UPWARD been a platform to helping you build these necessary relationships?

When connecting with others, I look for like-minded people who share similar values, who want to grow personally and professionally, and those who have an abundance mindset. When there is a meaningful connection, I am intentional with building the relationship.

What advice have you received that has helped drive you to where you are today? If you’re comfortable, please share where this advice came from.

When you know your priorities and do the right thing, and stop the drama, stop making excuses, stop worrying, stop complaining, stop feeling guilty, it’s all pretty easy!

What advice (2-3 things) would you share with others who have similar goals or is on a similar path as you?

Know your priorities; Be intentional with your time; Practice self-care and stop feeling guilty over self-care; Plant seeds of optimism, when something gets you down, switch your focus and name one thing you are thankful for

Do you have a favorite inspirational/motivational quote that you’d like to share? 

You can’t always choose the path you walk in life, but you can always choose the manner in which you walk it. John O’Leary. We always have a choice even when we think we don’t, we are still making a choice. I want to walk worthy of who I was created to be.

When you’re not in “work mode”, attending calls/meetings, what would we find you doing?

Walking with my dogs listening to nature and breathing; traveling; spending time with my family either playing games, puzzles, watching hockey or movies; coaching and mentoring others; connecting and networking

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