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Empowered women empower women. This is the theme of this week’s episode with Jen Griswold. Jen is an Air Force Academy graduate, veteran, mom, and multi-business owner. She talks about how the military opened doors to her future and how she used entrepreneurship to fill the void in her life when she left military service. As a military spouse, she could not find a career that gave her both the flexibility she needed to be able to follow her husband’s career and raise her family. Listen to how the idea she formed when she was breastfeeding led to a program that empowers her to empower women.
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Jen decided to attend the Academy after going to a few seminars with her friend who was interested in attending. Her friend didn’t end up applying for the Academy but Jen saw it as her ticket out of her small town. And a ticket out of Montana. The Academy was tough. As a result of the Academy, Jen learned a lot from those experiences and made great friends. She became a Maintenance officer and loved being able to work with people.
Active duty to Reserves to IMA
She decided to transition from active duty to Reserves at the end of her five-year commitment. She and her husband were ready to start a family and she knew that it would be challenging to have a family with both of them working active duty. It was still complicated being a reservist, mom, and military spouse. Especially when her husband deployed and she was given a deployment as well. It was hard to leave her son with her parents but in hindsight, it was the best choice for her.
She finished her last twelve years in the Reserves as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) because she only had to meet the requirement of 24 days of service per year. This was what worked best for her family. She retired from the Air Force last year.
Stay at Home Mom to Entrepreneur
After being a stay-at-home mom for three years she started looking for a job, but did not want to work full time and instead started her own business where she could have the flexibility to work her own hours and take her kids with her as needed. Her parents were entrepreneurs and she learned a lot from watching their business go through various stages. She first was an interior designer, but sold that business and began working with Rodan and Fields when they first began. Today she is a team lead for 9,000 ladies and loves helping empower women.
Through her work at Rodan and Fields, she wanted to find a way to give back to support the military spouse community that has an unemployment or under-employment rate of 90%. She wrote Mission Entrepreneur and used the skills she learned from military life and how she translated them to business. Once the book was complete she felt that she needed to provide resources to help women in their own entrepreneurial journey. And she created Mission Entrepreneur.
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