Jenna Winslow is Executive Director Aeriel White’s second Women’s Empowerment Week pick! Having met Jenna at Lindenwood during her Criminal Justice career, Aeriel chose Jenna for one simple and profound reason: “She’s not afraid to break boundaries!”
1.) What is your current occupation and/or any recent volunteer work, advocacy groups, you’re involved in or support?
Currently, I’m about to finish training for a job in the Navy Reserves. Before that, I spent nearly 3 years as the only female cook at a pizza place.
2.) What is the most rewarding part of your career/volunteer work?
The most rewarding part of my career thus far was being selected to open a new location with the restaurant I worked at, and being a part of the trainers. I was responsible for training all the new cooks at the new location. Being revered as one of the best, combined with being the only female, was an incredible experience. I got to show people that women can be just as good at “men’s work”!
3.) What inspired you to follow through with your volunteer/career choices?
My job at the restaurant really inspired me to join the Navy. Knowing that I can do what men can do, and that I can do it just as well, assured me that I can truly do anything. When I told my managers and coworkers at the restaurant that I intended to enlist, they were all very proud and supportive. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
4.) What is a quote you like or a word of wisdom you often impart?
One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite authors, Jane Austen in her book, “Persuasion”.
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”